On the 8th day, two awesome types of beer were opened! Both we have never tried or heard of before, and ended up being a lot better than what I had thought. There was a Russian Imperial Stout and a Pumpkin Barrel Ale – both aged in a barrel… one rum and one bourbon. Want to guess which is which before reading further?
When I was in the Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton, Missouri the week of Thanksgiving, I had one of the employees help me choose some beer to put in our Advent box. I mixed up the type of beer my boyfriend likes to drink, which may have had something to do with the beer I was drinking while shopping 😉
I am he was able to try this one first because now I am looking forward to it. I was also nervous on whether it would be liked or not because after I bought the beer, I remembered it was an Irish stout he likes… He had the Jolly Russian stout and it ended up being a hit! The Jolly Russian imperial stout is a Cellar Series by Odell Brewing Company out of Fort Collins, Colorado. When you smell the beer, there is not an overpowering aroma at all – you can smell some of the rum but not much. At 13% ABV, he said it definitely hits the pallete almost perfect and is like a Giradelli dark chocolate with a caramel flavor… very smooth and really likes it. Has a very silky taste and there is absolutely no bitterness. When I took a sip, I agree with that comment because I am not a dark chocolate fan at all. This is definitely a beer we would pick up a 4 or 6 pack of if we ever saw it in the store. It has such a unique name that I am sure we would remember it as well.
My beer is the Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale. Since I did not put this in my boyfriend’s box (because he doesn’t like pumpkin flavored beer), I did let him try it (as the others) and he said he would definitely drink it. This is brewed by Alltech’s Brewing Company in Lexington, Kentucky. The other night I had a pumpkin ale by Crown’s Brewery and as I compared this one to that, this Kentucky ale definitely has balanced their spices. You can not taste as much spice as you could with the other, which I really like. This is definitely a fall-type of beer to drink… or on a wintry day where you are wanting to drink a nice pumpkin flavored beer. At 10% ABV, this is a beer I would pick up a 4 or 6 pack of if we saw it in the store. For those of you that aren’t a fan of pumpkin flavored beer, but like bourbon barrel aged beer, try this one. I believe you would be impressed.