Full Sail Brewing Releases 2014 Vintage Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout
In the 1990s, a
master distiller visiting from Scotland, and a Brewmaster from a small
brewery in Hood River, serendipitously crossed paths. Over a pint or two,
they shared their labors of love and pondered a rather intriguing question:
what would happen if beer and distilled spirits met somewhere along the way?
The outcome of their inspiration was Full Sail’s Bourbon Barrel Aged
Imperial Stout, an annual celebration of the best of American beer and
American bourbon. With a tip of the hat to the Scotsman that inspired the
idea, Full Sail offers this finely crafted beer for a limited time.
Full Sail Brewing will release their 2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout in
early February. This beer has been patiently and carefully aging in bourbon
casks for over a year. Highly anticipated by beer lovers every year, this
release from the Brewery has received numerous accolades over the years,
including gold and silver medals, five star ratings, and a bounty of happy
This beer was brewed in December of 2012 and aged in Kentucky bourbon casks from
Heaven Hill, Four Roses, and Makers Mark. This extended aging presents hints of
vanilla and allows the Imperial Stout to pick up the flavors of the wood,
bourbon, and oak. The aging accentuates the robust character of the Imperial
Stout and brings out the depth of flavor from the bourbon creating chocolate and
caramel notes and an overall elegantly sophisticated beer.
The beer is racked in small batches and is available in only very limited
quantities. It cellars well, so if you store a few bottles in a dark, cool place
and be patient, you will be rewarded for your effort and restraint. This special
beer is available early February in 22oz. bottles and draft. ABV 9.84% IBU 40.
To celebrate the release of this beer, Full Sail is planning two Horizontal
Tasting events that highlight the individual bourbons. “Bourbon Barrel Aged
Imperial Stout is a blend of the three barrel varieties, Heaven Hill, Four
Roses, and Maker’s Mark, so we thought it would be interesting to try a bit of
each before blending. We kegged off a very small stash of each variety for the
release. Join us to celebrate the release and taste the differences between the
three individual bourbons and the final blend,” welcomed Full Sail Executive
Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. The special tapping will take place at 5 p.m.,
Thursday, February 6th, at Full Sail’s Brew Pub in Hood River, and at Full
Sail’s Riverplace Brewery in Portland, Oregon on Monday, February 10th at 6 p.m.
For more information call the Full Sail Brew Pub at 541-386-2247.
Full Sail Brewing Company
The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in
Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the
world. At this very moment our specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are
crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular
brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Limited Lager Series, Pub Ale Series, Session
Premium, Session Black, and Session Fest lagers. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail
crew has been fermenting award winning godlike nectar for 26 years, and is
committed to brewing great beer sustainably. The Full Sail Brew Pub is open
seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just
soak up the view.