Bourbon Barrel-Aged Concrete Ship

New Jersey
United States
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Concrete Ship, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Concrete Ship is our full-bodied Russian Imperial Stout, with notes of cocoa and coffee, subtle roastiness, and a silky smooth mouthfeel befitting a beer named after a sunken WWI naval folly. Instead of sinking our stout off Cape May's Sunset Beach, we laid ours to rest in freshly dumped 7-year aged Kentucky bourbon barrels. The extended aging in these gorgeous vessels amplifies the chocolate-y undertones, with the oak character and barrel's influence pulling out a rich, velvety texture to the beer, pairing beautifully with the subtle heat from the barrels. A blend of eight different malts give Concrete Ship a layered profile that begs to be barrel aged, so we sourced the choicest barrels to see this maiden voyage to port.

Profile

ABV: 
10.1%
IBUs: 
80
Served at: 
55º F
Hops: 
Bravo
Malts: 
Pilsner, Munich, Oats, Carafa II, Carafa III, Carmunich II, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Concrete Ship by Cape May Brewery is a barrel-aged Imperial Stout and is being evaluated as a Wood-Aged Beer (category 33A from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Imperial Stouts are the strongest of the stouts frequently displaying flavors of roasted, chocolate, and coffee from the malt. For Wood-Aged Beers, the best examples have a "harmonious blend" between the base beer and the wood/spirits resulting in a flavorful, complex blend. For this release, Cap May ages their Imperial Stout brewed with 8 different malts in 7-year aged Kentucky bourbon barrels. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Concrete Ship measures in at 10.1 percent ABV.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Concrete Ship pours an opaque, inky black color with a medium dark brown head. The aroma is strong roasted and chocolate malt with lighter caramel malt, bourbon, and dark fruit of plums; alcohol is readily apparent. The body is full and rich with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and barrel char with lighter bourbon and toasted oak over a light sweetness. The beer finishes with a moderate-light bitterness and rich dark malts lingering with roasted, chocolate, coffee and caramel with a complimenting bourbon and toasted oak.

This is a very nice imperial stout with plenty of bourbon (boozy!) but the barrel character could be more prominent. Regardless, this is one great beer!

Brewery Introduction

Three guys and a beer — that’s how Cape May Brewing Company came to be. Back in 2011, Ryan, Hank, and Mop Man brewed their first batch of Cape May IPA, kegged it up, and sold it to a bar up the street…

…and began... Read More

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