Old Fashioned Extraction

Indiana
United States
Old Fashioned Extraction, Sun King Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Old Fashioned Extraction is a Bourbon Barrel-aged Quadruple aged with orange peel and cherry to reflect the best elements of an Old Fashioned cocktail.

Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Old Fashioned Extraction by Sun King Brewery is a barrel-aged Belgian-style Quad with fruit and spices and is being evaluated as a Mixed-Style Beer (category 34B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines).  Mixed-style beers are combinations of multiple styles from the BJCP guidelines; these combinations should be “harmonious and balanced”.  Belgian-style Quads (or Quadruples) are Belgian Dark Strong Ales (category 26D) and are noted for their deceptively strong strength with a harmony of rich malt, fruity esters, and peppery phenolics.  Old Fashioned Extraction is intended to mimic the mixed drink “old fashioned” which is a blend of whiskey, sugar, and bitters served with a twist of citrus rind.  Old Fashioned Extraction is aged for 14 months in 20-year-old whiskey barrels with orange peel and cherries.

Old Fashioned Extraction pours a clear dark brown with a small rim of off-white head.  The aroma is a rich, harmonious blend of bready and caramel malt with esters of cherry, plum, and fig.  Toasted oak and whiskey compliment the malt and esters.  The barrel character becomes more prominent in the flavor with notes of whiskey, toasted oak, and vanilla taking on equal intensity with the bready malt and dark fruit esters.  The alcohol strength is readily apparent with quite a bit of long-lingering warmth in the finish. 

Old Fashioned Extraction probably would not do well in a homebrew competition as mixed-styles require harmony; it is quite a difficult task to harmonize a Quad, barrel, fruit, and spice well together.   Also, I would typically consider this example too boozy for a wood-aged beer but given the context (emulating a mixed-drink), it is appropriate.  In summary, Sun King hit the “old fashioned” spot on.  Cheers!

Brewery Introduction

Sun King Brewing Company is the brain child of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. Dave and Clay first met when Dave was the bar manager and assistant brewer at the now-defunct Circle V Brewing Co. on the north side of Indianapolis and Clay was a student at Wabash College.

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