After last month’s release of its Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (BBIS), Reuben’s Brews is set to release three variants of this award winning beer on Saturday, November 9th. BBIS Cognac, Double Barrel BBIS, and BBIS Muscat will take center stage on Saturday when the doors to the Reuben’s Brews Taproom open at 11:00am.
This marks the first time that Reuben’s Brews has been able to do a bit of experimentation with its award winning BBIS. These releases come from the brewery’s experimental barrel program that resulted in BBIS Cognac, Double Barrel BBIS, and BBIS Muscat. The supply of these three new BBIS variants from Reuben’s Brews and will be priced at $22.00 each.
Here are descriptions with allotments on each of the BBIS variants as told by the brewery.
BBIS Cognac (14%) – 25 cases available, limit 2 bottles per person
BBIS Cognac is a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout finished in two Cognac puncheons.
Tasting notes: Nose of sweet toffee, with warm, fruity cherries and white grapes. Body has warming oak character, with a deep caramel and sweet toffee finish.
Double Barrel BBIS (16%) – 16 cases available, limit 1 bottle per person
BBIS Double Barrel is an imperial stout aged twice in a blend of bourbon barrels.
Tasting notes: A nose of rich and decadent vanilla and oak. Body is full of warming bourbon spice, with a honey sweetness and dry finish.
BBIS Muscat (14%) – 12 cases available, limit 1 bottle per person
BBIS Muscat is an imperial stout barrel-aged in a single second-use Muscat wine barrel, that we were fortunate to get our hands on.
Tasting notes: This single barrel beer has a tremendous nose of oak and earthy white wine. The body has a great tannin structure with notes of cherry. Earth and baker’s chocolate on the finish.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 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 Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.