The same gentleman who tipped us off on the greatness of J.W. Lees went to the back room and returned with what he called his #1 beer of the year. I would have been leery, being that I’d never heard of the beer, much less the St. Louis-based brewery, but the bomber was in a cheap cardboard box (not pictured), and as I mentioned just yesterday, I’m a sucker for beers in boxes. And this one is also aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels. A daily-double!
I’ll be goddamned but that beer geek was absolutely correct. Oh, it’s not the best beer of the year, but it is indeed a classic. I had it over Sunday brunch–seriously–and was floored. What a way to start the day! A roasty, rich and malty stout with hints of caramel. The oak and bourbon really shine through too, making this an absolute boozy delight. Highly recommended.
And just like sands in the hourglass, so continues our week of cardboard boxed, barreled beers that score an…