It’s been a few years since I did a post of My Top 10 New Beers for a particular year. The idea and challenge to make this list is to pick your ten favorite new beers to you that you had in a calendar year. I did an article with this concept back in 2011, and decided it would be a good idea to revisit this. Without further ado, here are my ten favorite new beers that I tasted in 2014.
It’s Black Friday, or at least was, and Goose Island has released their 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout along with its variants. Mike is in town to join us for our early morning Black Friday drinking tradition. We’re sampling the beer that is said to be the original bourbon barrel aged stout, Bourbon County Brand Stout. If you’ve got one, crack one open and enjoy with us!
The Blue Mountain Brewery in Arrington, VA has a “division” called Blue Mountain Barrel House according to them “focuses on the higher-end beers from Blue Mountain that require special processes, special ingredients, and a whole lot of patience.” From this collection comes their Sour Devil, a 10% ABV American Imperial Stout that has been aged in previously used bourbon barrels with added lactobacillus.
Nectar Ales, the once owned brewery by Firestone Walker, makes an appearance on the show this week with Black Xantus. This massive 11% ABV Imperial Stout is barrel aged and infused with local organic/fair-trade coffee from Jobella Coffee Roasters.
During a recent trip to Maryland, I grabbed a bottle of Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire – an Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and aged in bourbon barrels (of course). I hadn’t seen this one in the Philadelphia area yet, so the choice was easy. At 9.5% ABV, I’m expecting rich chocolatey notes with some bourbon and oak undertones.