Abita Brewing recently announced a limited release series of bourbon barrel aged beers. The first in the series, Bourbon Street, will be released to select draft accounts this week.
Bourbon Street Stout is an Imperial Stout that is aged in Pappy Van Winkle 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 strong stout that brings out the roasted flavors from the malt and the warming toasted, vanilla, and bourbon flavors from the barrels.
I’m stoked to try this one out. This is more of what I want to see out of the flagship craft brewery from Louisiana. I wish this was going to be bottled and sold at retail, but this is a good start. Hopefully we’ll see more of this kind of stuff from Abita in the future.
Look for Abita Bourbon Street Stout on draft at Pelican House and Bulldog in Baton Rouge beginning Tuesday, and at Chimes and Chimes East Thursday and Friday.