November 13, 2020 — ‘Tis the season for two new barrel-aged beers from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore: Guinness Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout and Guinness Imperial Stout, both Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.
If you are in the Baltimore area, you can enjoy both on tap at the brewery, but for the rest of us in the hinterland, they will be found in four-packs on shelves across the country for a limited time.
Here are some tasting notes and food pairing recommendations for both releases:
Guinness Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels represents the change of seasons, comforting warmth, and holiday nostalgia. This winter treat, with an 11% ABV, was brewed with allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then aged in bourbon barrels. Pair the stout this holiday season with roasted pork with fig, vanilla panna cotta, or crème brûlée.
Guinness Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels was developed specifically with barrel-aging in mind, so it has a strong, robust body. This roasty beer also has a velvety mouthfeel, notes of chocolate, bourbon — not to mention hints of coconut and vanilla — and an oak finish. With a 10.3% ABV, the stout provides a rich pairing experience and is perfect for steak, rib roast with rosemary and garlic or chocolate desserts.
Both flavors come in four-packs of 11.2oz bottles at a suggested retail price of $19.99. In addition to your own enjoyment, they make thoughtful and affordable gifts for the beer lovers in your life.