Beer Department: 90+ Rated January 2020

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Espresso KBS | Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

Founders Brewing Co. | Grand Rapids, MI

ABV: 12%  |  IBU: N/A  |  Rating: 94 points
PRICE:
$23.99  |  4-Pack Bottles

The first ever bottled variant of the venerable KBS doesn’t mess around! The use of espresso as compared to regular coffee in traditional KBS really ramps up the flavor with notes of dark fruit and dusted cocoa. Can’t miss for fans of KBS!

Recommended by: Eric, Eastgate

Located: American Craft



Straight Jacket | Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine

Revolution Brewing Co. | Chicago, IL

ABV: 15%  |  IBU: N/A  |  Rating: 96 points
PRICE: 
$24.99  |  4-Pack Cans

Full disclosure: I have a bias toward barleywine. I love them and during these cold months, I can’t get enough of them. Revolution’s barrel-aged effort pushes the style’s limits to the edge, with all the toffee, butterscotch, and dark fruit flavors you could want all wrapped up in vanilla and spice from the barrel.

Recommended by: Eric, Eastgate

Located: American Craft



Big Bad Baptist | Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Epic Brewing Company | Denver, CO

ABV: 11.8%  |  IBU: N/A  |  Rating: 97 points
PRICE: 
$19.99  |  4-Pack Cans

This is an iconic barrel-aged stout. It is big, it is bad, and it is delicious. With coffee and cacao nibs, it’s also incredibly smooth. Until this year, this bad boy only came in bombers but now it comes in a 4 pack of CANS! Use Eric’s advice and age one, two, or an entire 4-pack to see how this changes. And remember that Barrel-Aged Bash is on the 18th of this month!

Recommended by: Ferdinand, Fairfield

Located: American Craft



Cuvée Armand & Gaston Lambic

Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen | Belgium

ABV: 6.5%  |  IBU: N/A  |  Rating: 97 points

PRICE: $33.99  |  750ml Bottle

This blend of one-, two-, and three-year-old lambics was spontaneously fermented, aged in oak barrels, and is ever-evolving in the bottle. Over the last few months, I’ve tried three of these and they have all been a little and a lot different. The one thing they have in common is that they’ve all been fantastic! You can age this beer for 20-plus years, but I doubt you will if you try one. They’re so good that you’ll want to drink them right away! I recommend buying some to drink now and at least one to save for a while.

Recommended by: Ferdinand, Fairfield

Located: International

 

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