I got another chance to drop by the Barrelman's Room in my downtown, while waiting to pick up The Boy from his gaming night. This section of Ballydoyle, open on weekends only, features barrel-aged spirits, cocktails and beer. And it has a separate entrance so you can drop by when a band is playing Ballydoyle and not have to pay the cover charge.
I don't see a lot of of Cahoots Brewing, so I was happy to see this one on the beer list. Cahoots' web site doesn't have much about this, except that it's a Scotch Ale aged for 19 months in Woodford Reserve barrels. Pour some? Yes, please.
Once again I encountered a warm and hearty whiskey smell. A brown Scotch ale body that does little to act innocent, with any pretense of a head being chased away by extra alcohol.
The taste is very full of bourbon smoothness, with vanillin from the barrel wood. It has a deep malty palate with a few notes of peat that’s strengthened by its association with the Bourbon. There’s still a side of peat that’s abetted by a strong oak character. I think there’s a little yeast in the pour, but that could just be from the oak.
The total effect is a good, strong Scotch ale, with the added attraction of a Scotch-y Bourbon edge.
I also got just a taste of Avery Tweak, a 17.5% imperial stout, which originally went under the name Meph Addict. They wisely decided to retire that name, and give it a "a 4-month Hiatus in bourbon barrels." It had kind of a cookie smell in a smell, stemmed taster. I'm not sure I was getting the best impression, as it was overly hot in alcohol. Notes of vanilla and cocoa, but it didn’t quite hang together. A second slight sip did deliver some strong barrel wood. My impression of this does improve with the few sips I got to sample, but this may want some further aging. Doesn't mean I won't try it again if I get the chance.