When it comes to the WoodWorker Barrel-Aged lineup of beers, Baerlic will be releasing six variants in 2019. Four of these variants will be from its Night Howler Imperial Stout and the other two from its Perpetual Astonishment Blond Barleywine.
Over one year ago, Baerlic began aging its Night Howler Imperial Stout in Booker’s Bourbon casks, Westward Single Malt Whiskey casks and a few rum casks. When pulling samples for this year’s release, Baerlic was impressed with the depth of flavors varying from each barrel type so they decided to showcase the wide array of oak while also pushing the boundaries of the base beer with complimentary additions of adjuncts and ingredients:
WoodWorker Night Howler Imperial Stout: WoodWorker Night Howler – Imperial Stout aged in Bookers Bourbon Casks – 10.5% abv WoodWorker Night Howler Mexican Hot Chocolate – Imperial Stout aged in Bookers Bourbon Casks with cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and chilis – 10.5% abv WoodWorker Night Howler Coffee/Cocoa/Vanilla – Imperial Stout aged in Westward Single Malt Whiskey Barrels with Water Ave Coffee, Vanilla and Cocoa – 10.5% abv WoodWorker Night Howler Ginger, Coconut and Vanilla – Rum barrel aged imperial stout with coconut, vanilla and ginger – 10.5% abv
Also during the fall of 2018, Baerlic brewed its modern take on the classic American-style Barleywine. In doing so it brewed its barleywine with a blend of Maris Otter and Golden Promise malts for the base (no caramel malts this time around) and a rather assertive hop charge of El Dorado and Cascade hops. Baerlic went a little strong on the hops since they would diminish over the year it spent in Bourbon Barrels. The end result is described as a delightful beer with huge notes of candied orange, vanilla, and sweet rolls with a strong, yet balanced hop presence. And it goes down easy with a bright bourbon backend on the finish.
WoodWorker Perpetual Astonishment Blond Barleywine: WoodWorker Perpetual Astonishment – Blond barleywine aged in Bookers Bourbon Barrels – 9.8% abv WoodWorker Perpetual Astonishment Coffee/Cocoa/Vanilla – Blond barleywine aged in Westward Single Malt Whiskey Barrels with Water Ave Coffee, Vanilla and Cocoa – 9.8% abv
In addition to these new 2019 releases, Baerlic Brewing will be releasing six WoodWorker beers from the brewery’s cellar on Saturday only. Here’s a preview.
2014 WoodWorker Dinosaur Head – Mixed Fermentation sour ale with Pluots 2016 WoodWorker Old Blood & Guts – American Barleywine aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon casks 2017 WoodWorker Harshmellow Mountain – Belgian Golden Strong aged in second use gin casks with Brett Brux 2017 WoodWorker Black Grove – Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels 2017 WoodWorker Collusion – Dulce de Leche Imperial Stout aged in Weller Bourbon Barrels 2017 WoodWorker Collusion Coffee/Vanilla – Dulce de Leche Imperial Stout aged in Weller Bourbon Barrels
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.