Guest Review: Beer Barrel Bourbon

Name: Beer Barrel Bourbon
Brewery: New Holland Brewing
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Holland, Michigan
Style: Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol Content (ABV): 40%
Price: $34.99

When I first bought this bourbon I was a bit skeptical of how it would taste and if the beer would make that big of a difference. The first thing I noticed is the smell. It is a bit milder than most bourbon. It still has the rich aroma of bourbon but a slight hint of the beer used to finish off the bourbon. The second thing that is noticeable is when you pour. The bourbon is much lighter than most but has a cloudy appearance. I am not sure was gives it a cloudy appearance but I can only assume it has to do something with the fact it sits in beer barrels for 3 months.

The taste is definitely unique. It still has the distinct taste of good bourbon but is a bit mellower. You can definitely taste the beer in this. The beer is more in the aftertaste. When you first taste this bourbon it tastes like good bourbon should. It has an oak flavor with a slight burn from the alcohol. Afterwards though is when the complex tastes start to emerge.

I am not sure what kind of beer was in the barrels they finished the bourbon with, but I think I would like it. The beer seems to be smooth with a bit of a hoppy taste. It has a hint of toffee and caramel flavors. It is a bit hard to discern the tastes between the bourbon and the beer a little but you can definitely tell both flavors play a part in this unique blend. Overall I really like this bourbon and will buy it again. It is easy to drink and it the perfect sipping bourbon. It would be perfect for evening cocktails with a friend or something you could sip, on hot summer day.

I chose to drink this on the rocks and I think the chill and melted cubes brought out more of the complex flavors. I have not tried this neat yet so I can’t attest to the flavor of it that way. If you enjoy good bourbon definitely give this one a chance, you won’t be sorry.

One Response to “Guest Review: Beer Barrel Bourbon”

  • Tim Campbell

    Hey, I only know of 2 beers that New Holland ages in their own bourbon barrels. Obviously Dragon’s Milk (Milk Stout)–which is year round and probably the correct answer for where these barrels came from, but dont look past Pilgrim’s Dole. Pilgrim’s Dole is a BA Wheat Wine that is the best beer they make (aside from that one off Berliner Weisse they just did), and I could see the flavors working.

    On second thought, I can see the creamy smooth Milk Stout from Dragon’s Milk mellowing out the bourbon a bit.

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