BBIS – our Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout – returns this Friday with our 2020 release! This eighth vintage of BBIS has been years in the making, and will be available while supplies last when we open The Taproom at noon.
Due to Covid restrictions and guidelines in place, our release this year will be online only at ReubensBrews.com/Shop in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all. Bottles go on sale online at noon on Friday, October 16th on our online store, and will be available for pickup throughout the weekend. Please maintain safe distancing when arriving at our To-Go Store for pickup.
The majority of the barrels in this year’s blend have been aging for about one year, and the addition of some two year-aged BBIS into the blend adds layers of complexity. We barrel age this stout in a blend of 10- to 12-year bourbon barrels. Using the same oat-forward and British specialty malt recipe that hails back from the original version brewed in 2013, we introduced some new techniques to make the beer bigger, richer and silkier.
Tasting notes: Warming aromas of cocoa, milk chocolate and bourbon. The sip offers a silky mouthfeel, with vanilla and rich milk chocolate mid palate. Background notes of smoke, licorice and coffee are wrapped up with some cherry liquor at the finish.
The annual release of BBIS each autumn marks the start of our Barrel Aged Beer release season, keep your eye out for more releases through the end of the year. BBIS has been Grand National Champion at the United States Beer Tasting Championship, two-time Gold winner at the World Beer Championships, and winner of the Gold at the Best of Craft Beer Awards.