Town Branch Distillery in Kentucky, in celebration of Bourbon Heritage Month, has released a limited edition maple barrel stout finished bourbon.
The new Town Branch Maple Barrel Stout Finished Bourbon, according those behind it, has been finished in freshly decanted Kentucky Maple Barrel Stout beer barrels to add flavors of the beer alongside traditional flavors of bourbon. To accomplish this, the distillery first “acquired freshly decanted ex-bourbon barrels that previously held Michigan maple syrup barrels to create the beloved Kentucky Maple Barrel Stout (12% abv). Kentucky Maple Barrel Stout is a bold imperial stout brewed with brown sugar for an extra kick. With flavors of roasted malt and cocoa, this brew was aged for 18 months in freshly decanted maple syrup bourbon barrels.
“Second, while freshly decanted from the beer, these barrels were rolled over to the distillery and filled with Town Branch Kentucky Straight Bourbon to rest for over a year of finishing.”
The final expression, according to official tasting notes, “evokes flavors from the beer and bourbon. With combined flavor profiles you get hints of oak, caramel, brown sugar, and cherry meet bold flavors of roasted malt, cocoa, and maple syrup.”
Town Branch Maple Barrel Stout Finished Bourbon, bottled at 94 proof, is available nationwide for around $70 per 750 ml bottle. 6,000 bottles are being released.
Town Branch, for those unfamiliar with it, is part of the Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. domain.