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Best Barrel Aged Beer - Top Ten Ranked by the 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship


 

 

This Top Ten Barrel Aged Beer list is from America's Top Ten and from the results of the 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship.  
   
1. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Lexington Brewing, Kentucky
2. Jai Alia White Oak IPA - Cigar Brewing, FLorida
3. Humidor IPA - Cigar Brewing, Florida
4. Velvet Merkin- Firestone Walker Brewing, California
5. Bluegrass Brown, Thunder Canyon Brewery, Arizona
6. Old Jack - Ram Restaurant & Brewery 
7. Cherry Stout - New Glarus Brewing 
8. Tart Lychee   -  New Belgium Brewing Company 
9. 21st Amendment Ale  - Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing 
10. Beastie Barrel Stout - Barley Island Brewing 
   

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Wood/Barrel Aged Beer
Subcategory: Wood/Barrel Aged Pale Beer
A wood- or barrel-aged pale to amber beer is any lager, ale or hybrid beer, either a traditional style or a unique experimental beer that has been aged for a period of time in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood, that meets the criteria for color shown below. 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. 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.
Color SRM : 4-20 
Alcohol by Volume: 3.75-6.25%
     


   
Subcategory: Wood/Barrel Aged Dark Beer
Any classic style or unique experimental style of dark 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 subcategory should have color greater than 20 SRM, but contain alcohol less than  6.25% a.b.v. This beer is 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 classic styles include but are not limited to Irish-style dry stout, robust porter, brown ale or other dark beer styles. Dark fruited or spiced beer would also be appropriately entered in this category. Sour wood-aged dark beers, and higher alcohol wood-aged versions of classic styles and higher alcohol beer styles with >6.25% a.b.v. (such as imperial stout, old ale or experimental styles for example) should be entered in other categories or subcategories shown below. 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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