Item #: 1957305302019-WC-SO
Mosswood Sour Ale Aged American Whiskey
The Sour Ale Barrel aged Whiskey is aged additionally in barrels freshly emptied of Drake's beer called Brette Davis Eyes. This whiskey originated from our research and development department's small barrel experiments.
A Local Collaboration with Drake's Brewing Co.
We knew we wanted to make a whiskey aged in a beer cask, but had yet to land on the style of beer. We talked with local breweries about their barrel aged beers. Many at the time were heavy-bodied imperial stouts and porters, with high ABV and strong chocolate, coffee, and caramel characteristics.
This sounded like a delicious complement to the profile of our whiskey, so we test-batched an Imperial Stout aged Whiskey. What came of it was interesting, but not quite balanced enough for us—the whiskey was profoundly coconut flavored! We took what we learned from that experiment, and used a beer on a different taste profile spectrum as our ACE'd technique. This was a floral hopped red ale, and after time in the small barrel, we revisited it to transfer whiskey into the beer barrel. Upon opening the barrel, the ale had naturally soured, similar to the sour beers we're seeing on the market today.
What many breweries, and us at the time, consider a mistake, we contrarily found the beer to smell fresh and tart, and taste similar to an apple cider lemonade. It was delicious, so we took a small risk (it is the research and development department after all) and filled the experimental barrel with whiskey. What came of it was a fantastic and complex whiskey.
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