Been Away But Not Gone
Sorry I have been away from this Blog for way to long, but no I have not stopped my pursuit of that perfect pint of beer. But I will be back blogging about my adventures searching for that perfect beer, that perfect food pairing and any new a exciting news in out "Beerverse" .
The world of craft beer here in South Louisiana is still as exciting as ever. There are many more beers and brewers that will be starting distribution in the area during 2015. I am optimistic that the variety and quality of the beers will continue to excel.
One of the most impressive and enjoyable beers I have had in quite awhile, has come from Louisiana's biggest Craft Brewer - Abita. Anita Brewery was founded in 1986 in Abita, LA, which is about 30 miles north of New Orleans, across Lake Pontchartrain. They have since had to expand due to great demand for quality beer. The old brewery is now the site of the 100 seat tap room.
I was fortunately lucky enough to have been gifted a 22 ounce bottle of the Bourbon Street Imperial Stout. I must disclose that I am a fan of Porters and Stouts, especially those that have been bourbon barrel aged. This beer is made with combination of pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. First it is aged for 6 weeks then transferred to the bourbon barrels and aged for another 8 weeks. It is an Imperial Stout so the ABV is 10% with a low IBU (international battering units) of 20. This is the first beer from the Bourbon Street series. I am curious to learn of the beers panned next in this series. After this one the bar has been set high!
This was a very good Imperial Stout. The 10%ABV was well hidden which is a good thing, but be careful it can sneak up on ya!! The Stout poured a nice dark black color with a small bubble creamy colored head. The aroma was roasted malts and mild vanilla notes. I did not get a strong bourbon aroma like some barrel aged beers. The taste was great, heavy roasted, chocolate and coffee flavors, with a lil sweetness. Subtle notes of the oak, vanilla and bourbon was present. Again not as prominent as some, but is a good way. This beer I am sure was made better with the aging and it added complexity to the beer without overpowering it. I enjoy beer aged in bourbon barrels vs. ones that remind me more of bourbon aged in beer barrels. The IBU of 20 definitely left you with that sweet roasted flavor and little hops bitterness. It was moderately carbonated.
As you can tell I am a fan of this beer! In my opinion a great beer for those cold winter nights to enjoy around a fire. It is worth a try if you enjoy stouts or want to expand your palate into bourbon barrel aged beers. I am considering picking up a few bottles to see how this beer holds up to aging. I think as a 10% ABV beer the flavors may mature well over time. The question will be if I can sit there and let it age, being that I did enjoy it so much.
And Once again I am Back!!! More blog post to come. I hope you enjoy!