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Best Barrel Aged Strong Beer in the North America

This Top Ten Barrel Aged Strong Beer listis  from the results of the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Cup.

1. Utopias 2011 - Boston Beer Company - Massachusetts
2. Bertwell Barrel Aged Barley Wine - Niagara College
3. 2010 Old Guardian Barley Wine - Stone Brewing
4. King Henry, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL
5. Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale, Fremont Brewing Co., Seattle, WA
6. The Manhattan Project, The Beer Co., San Diego, CA
7. Pappy Van Muckle, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
8. Golden Delicious, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Elmsford, NY
9. Triple Overhead - Mother Earth Brewing
10. Melange a Trois, Nebraska Brewing Co., Papillion, NE  

Wood/Barrel Aged Strong Beer
Any strong classic style or unique, experimental style of beer can be wood or barrel-aged for a period of time in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood. For purposes of this competition entries in this category should contain greater than  6.25% a.b.v. They may have any range of color or other characteristics. Entries are aged with the intention of imparting the particularly unique character of the wood and/or what has previously been in the barrel. New wood character is often characterized as a complex blend of vanillin and unique wood character. Used sherry, bourbon, scotch, port, wine and other barrels are often used, imparting complexity and uniqueness to beer. Ultimately a balance of flavor, aroma and mouthfeel are sought with the marriage of new beer with wood and/or barrel flavors. Examples of wood-aged strong beer styles include but are not limited to imperial stout, double porter, triple pale ale or any other strong beer style that meets the criteria for alcohol content. Sour higher alcohol wood-aged beer (> 6.25% a.b.v.) of any color should be entered in this category.  The brewer should explain the special nature of the beer to allow for accurate judging. Comments could include: type of wood used (new or old, oak or other wood type), type of barrel used (new, port/ whiskey/ wine/ sherry/ other), base beer style or achieved character. Beer entries not accompanied by this information will be at a disadvantage during judging.


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