1 Year Bourbon Barrel Aged Real Ale 15th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout. One of the longest names of any beers I’ve tried, but also one of the best. While the regular 15th anniversary can be found in bottle at some Spec’s, the just released 1 year barrel aged on tap is quite elusive in Houston. It has been spotted at Petrol Station (sold out!), Flying Saucer downtown (sold out), and currently at Hay Merchant (on tap as of today). If you see it, get it – because it wont be there for much longer. Though it will be $8-10 for a pint or less, but you are getting something that borders more on a whiskey than a beer.
I’ve had bourbon barrel aged beers before, but nothing that took on the flavor like this one. Though called a stout, you will mainly taste a strong whiskey flavor with hints of roasted grain and raisin. The experience is more like enjoying a fine liquor than a beer. Very unique. The ABV has been listed anywhere from 9 – 14%, so this definitely a sipper, but would also make a perfect dessert beer to finish a meal.
Great job Real Ale! The year wait was worth it.