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O'Fallon's Pappy Van Winkle 23yr Barrel Aged Smoked Porter$15.99 / 22oz bottle
"THIS VERSION OF OUR WHISKEY BARREL SMOKED PORTER is really special. And that's saying a lot because we're pretty proud of the last two editions of our barrel-aged porter. In fact Jason and Todd Alstrom reviewed it in their August 2007 Beer Advocate, gave it an A- and called it "an incredibly complex and enjoyable brew -- big thumbs-up to O'Fallon. Great on its own, as a digestif or paired with some chocolate."
Anyway, this particular batch is extra special because of the oak barrels it was aged in. They showed up in the brewery one day last year, and Brian thought they were awfully old and dusty, nothing like those we'd acquired from the same source in Kentucky before. He called to question the senders and was shocked and awed to learn these particular kegs had stored "Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve" 23-year-old bourbon, one of the most highly acclaimed bourbons in history! Brian figures those barrels were first filled with bourbon when he was in about the second grade -- where were you in 1984?
So we filled up the barrels and did our usual aging routine, carefully adjusting the storage temperature to let the beer work in and out of the wood of these special charred oak barrels. Of course the brewers had to taste it every now and then as it aged (of course!) and, over time, the flavors of the bourbon began to blend with the beer. It soon became clear this Pappy Van Winkle version of our Whisky Barrel Smoked Porter was going to be a rare treat." -- Derek, O'Fallon Brewery