In episode 166 of the Hop Cast Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by good friend Charlie Drews. The three of them reach for a couple barrel aged beers Brad has lying around. The first is the barrel aged version of Great Lakes Blackout Stout. The original version is a fantastic beer and is a favorite to order when it’s on tap in Chicago. Sadly this version of Blackout Stout might of been hanging around in the cellar a little too long. But being aged in oak barrels, it makes for a different flavor then you typically see from all these bourbon barrel aged beers. For the second barrel aged beer, they dive into Firestone Walker’s Fifteenth Anniversary. This beer is truly unique, blending together 8 beers; Helldorado, Sticky Monkey, Bravo, Double Double Barrel Ale, Good Foot, Velvet Merkin, Parabola, and Double Jack. If you weren’t able to pick up a bottle when it was released you might have a tricky time getting a taste of this but if you see it or know a friend who has a bottle, be sure to try it if you can.
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