While visiting my sister we checked out another brewery that had so much going on it was called Ale Smith Brewery. This brewery had a memoir of the baseball player Tony Gwynn they have all his memorabilia up on the walls to remember a true baseball legend. His championship rings, signed baseballs, jerseys, the history of his record, etc. This adds a unique feel to the brewery and provides a neat display to sip and reflect on. This brewery also has a barrel aging room for some of their bourbon barrel blends the ones they have on tap are AleSmith Barrel-Aged Grand Cru Belgian-Style Ale this beer has been matured in American and French oak red wine barrels for a year to add layers of complexity to its rich flavor profile of dark fruit and Belgian caramel malts. The oak and red wine flavors imparted by the barrel-aging process blend seamlessly with subtle hints of raisin, plum, and bittersweet chocolate from the beer. You can enjoy this beer now or you can store it in a dry, cool room for a long period of time. The more time you give it the more flavor profile will develop and it will continue to change.
The other barrel aged beer I tried was the Russian Imperial Stout which was stored in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to create Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout. Notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon add another level of complexity to this beer’s already massive flavor profile of chocolate, Ryan Bros. Coffee, and roasted barley. Designed to be enjoyed now or aged in the bottle for years to come, this special release is truly a unique beer that is smooth as it is rare. I can’t describe too heavy on this one because there are many layers to it, you could get the sweeter elements or you might pick up the roaster elements. To me it is full bodied and has a thick coding to it. You must try for yourself! Being a stout drinking takes time getting used too I must say. Enjoy!