Guinness launches stock ale aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels

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Courtesy of Guinness Open Gate Brewery.

Just in time for the very-real International Stout Day, Guinness Open Gate Brewery is releasing a heavy a blended beer aged in the barrels that house delicious bourbon.

The full name: Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels. Pretty straightforward. But what exactly is in the stock ale?

Per Guinness, it’s a high gravity stout blended with a malty barleywine, resulting in a full-bodied, 10 percent ABV brew that has hints of nuts, chocolate, raisins and fruit. The brewery advises to enjoy it at a leisurely pace, which is probably good advice to not overdo it or upset your stomach.

Most importantly: there’s a lot to take in.

“When you consider all of the flavors coming from the wood of the barrels thanks to Bulleit’s subtle spice and oaky richness, there’s a lot of powerful influences to take note of and process in the final beer,” Sean Brennan, senior brewer at Guinness Open Gate, said in a statement. “As we say, it’s one to sip.”

And sip you can at the brewery in Baltimore County, where the stock ale is now on tap. Starting Nov. 15, four-packs will be available across the U.S. for $19.99

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]
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