This month has got to be my favorite month of craft beer releases out of the entire year. Avery Brewing released The Beast, Dogfish Head came out with Punkin and Old School, and now Great Divide is releasing their 750ml series. Each beer has been aged for nine months in Stranahan Colorado Whiskey barrels. This is the last year the name Stranahan’s will appear on any craft beer label making these beers collector items beyond the beverage within the bottle. Here’s the October lineup by Great Divide Brewing for their 750ml barrel-aged series. Now these beers are going from $24 – 26 a bottle making it a bit expensive if you want more than one. However these three beers were meant to be aged over time as well so start saving, I suggest two to four bottles of each.
1. Barrel-Aged Yeti: This unique version of their monstrous Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for 9 months in Stranahan’s Colorado whiskey barrels and then bottled conditioned. The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a whiskeyed finish. Who says you can’t tame a beast? 75 IBU’s. 12.2% ABV. This is one for the record books so pick up a few bottles to sit on!
2. Barrel-Aged Old Ruffian: This special release of their acclaimed, hefty barley wine has been aged for 9 months in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels. The process tempers Old Ruffian’s edges for a mellowed version with heady whiskey flavors and subtle oak notes. Bottle conditioned, it’ll age nicely for years to come. If you can resist it that long. 85 - 90 IBU’s. 12.7% ABV. Churchkey’s in D.C. is still aging a case of Great Divide’s Old Ruffian since last year. This is one of those beers you should pickup at least four of.
3. Barrel-Aged Hibernation Ale: 9 months in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels has completely transformed the prized winter seasonal by Great Divide. The barrels produced a Hibernation that starts with big whiskey flavors before mellowing out into a luscious chocolate, dark fruit, and vanilla. This bottle-conditioned ale will continue to develop over time; if yout ake only one bottle into your cave this winter I strongly suggest this one. 11.1% ABV. 750ml. While the normal Hibernation Ale is quite burly I imagine the wood will mellow this one out quite a bit. Pick up a few bottles so you can savor the lover over time.