Beer Reviews

Beer Review: Barrel Aged Penguin

Reviews are done by Jim Matt, our Chief Science Officer, who is also a veteran FoBAB judge, GABF judge, and BJCP Master judge.

Barrel Aged Penguin (10.2% | 33 IBU) is a smooth Blonde Stout, aged for twelve months in bourbon barrels. This brew’s flavor profile is complex, offering notes of oak, vanilla and chocolate, on top of a distinct honeyed bourbon backbone.
Malts: Golden Promise, Flaked Oats, Golden Naked Oats, with addition of coffee and cacao nibs in the barrel.
Hops: Bravo, Glacier

What was the barrel aging process for this beer?

The beer was aged for 12 months in bourbon barrels.

Why bourbon barrels?

They have a nice round vanilla and oak character that complements this beer perfectly.

What are Barrel Aged Penguin’s notable characteristics?

Tastes “stouty” despite its dark gold color, and really holds up to barrel aging quite well.

What gets you excited about this beer?

Very few blond stouts exist in the market and fewer still are barrel aged, so we are really psyched about that!

Appearance: Dark gold, approaching amber with some haze. Medium low carbonation. Moderate off-white head.

Aroma: Complex melange of light bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee and chocolate. Light fruity esters. Malt character is relatively low and overshadowed by the barrel, coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Upfront bourbon, vanilla fades into balanced coffee and chocolate flavors. Long, off dry finish. Medium low hop bitterness, and low earthy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, lightly creamy with a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall: A bit of an enigma, tastes like a stout but looks like a golden ale. Smooth and complex and quite unique!

What foods would pair well with Barrel Aged Penguin?

White chocolate or Creme Brulee.

Ideal glassware for Barrel Aged Penguin?

10 oz snifter.