In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Abita Brewery. It is a special and limited release from Abita Brewery and it is their Bourbon Street Imperial Stout. This liquid is aged in Bourbon Barrels. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this southern craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Abita Brewery. Let us get into this Imperial Stout.
It has a jet black color with a tan constant head. The aroma has a sweet chocolate to bourbon notes. The taste has a sweet chocolate to nice earthy bourbon notes with a nice burn alcohol finish. It is a nice sipping beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Four centuries New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street has inspired good times and fine libations like our Abita Bourbon Street Imperial Stout. This hand-crafted artisanal brew is aged for months in wooden barrels used to make small batch bourbon whiskey. During barrel aging, the brew absorbs the flavors of the barrels which intensifies the taste and aroma of roasted malt, warm vanilla and smooth bourbon.
This Imperial Stout is a dark-colored ale brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Oats are added for a full, sweet taste. After fermentation the ale is cold aged for six weeks to ensure a smooth flavor before bourbon barrel aging begins.
Here is a description from their website (www.abita.com):
Bourbon Street Stout is an Imperial Stout that is aged in small batch bourbon barrels. Our Imperial Stout is brewed with a combination of pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Oats are also added to give the beer a fuller and sweeter taste. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color as well as its intense flavor and aroma. After fermentation the beer is cold aged for 6 weeks. This is necessary for all of the flavors of the malt and hops to balance and produce a very smooth flavor.
After the cold aging the beer is transferred into the bourbon barrels. It is then aged for another 8 weeks to absorb all of the flavors from the barrels. The result is a stout that brings out the roasted flavors from the malt and the warming toasted, vanilla, and bourbon flavors.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In the end, I did not know they made this beer and I am not stun one bit. I was pretty happy to see it made it to my market. I love my porter and stouts. You put it in a barrel or bourdon barrel and now you are talking. The first brewery to take this on was Goose Island Brewery. I am happy to see other craft breweries doing this process. To me, this will show which beers are good or bad or which beers that the craft beer drinkers like it. This beer has a nice balance from the imperial stout and bourbon notes. It is not in your face like the Goose Island Bourdon Country Stout. It is still a sipping stout but it is a little bit more drinkable than Bourdon Country. I love the story behind the name. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser