Reaching year 8 is great. Pacific Plate Brewing has notched that level now and have released a big Saison in honor of it. Let’s review it here….
Very barrel. Oodles of wood notes. Idaho 7 and Cashmere hops? Sure. The barrel crushes them. Some Saison spice notes escapes the rum barrel vortex. But when I think anniversary beer, I want something big. This is big. It is only 8.5% but it stops you in its tracks.
Rumvergnugen or Pampepato? Rum, hazelnut and molasses or fruitcake?
Of these two new barrel aged beers, I would go with the latter. Wouldn’t touch an actual fruitcake but I have had some surprisingly good fruitcake inspired beer. Besides, rum and then molasses on top of a dunker might become to sweet too fast for me.
“Aged for 6 weeks in Jamaican Rum barrels, this Imperial Red offers a full malt body dominated by toast, chocolate, and caramel notes. Rum barrel aging imparts a rich buttery rum character along with oaken vanilla notes. Ginger offsets the overall sweetness by adding its own drying zing.”