About halfway through last June fellow brewer Jimmy and I filled four freshly emptied whiskey barrels. Two of them were actually from Jack Daniels. We filled them with our porter and sent them away to our warehouse to hang out for 6 weeks.
Today we racked the beer into a bright tank so we can keg it next week and we filled these 4 barrels with a higher gravity Oatmeal Stout, and we have 4 new barrels for a total of 8 barrels.
We added some cocoa nibs to beef up the chocolate character. We’ll bottle this in November.
This is a nice blonde ale that is lightly hopped. Very clear with a little amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
The aroma has subtle fruit esters with minimal phenolics found in most Belgian ales. There is minimal hop aroma to the beer but it’s balanced with a malty/pils aroma. White head with medium-size bubbles falls after a short while. The beer drinks very easily light and dry, well carbonated. Very enjoyable.
The Aftermath: 2 big nylon mesh bags each filled with 7lbs Sencha Green Tea The Pale Ale is now in a Brite Tank with 1lb NE grown Cascades, 1lb Fuggles and 1.6lbs Willamette