Diageo is launching Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels, produced at the new Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore.
A stock ale is traditionally a blend of two different beer styles. The new beer is the endgame of a Guinness Barleywine and a Guinness Imperial Stout – both aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels before being blended together.
The limited-edition brew has an ABV of 10% and is said to be a “hearty and full-bodied beer with notes of nutty chocolate, raisins, roasted barley and sweet dark fruit”.
“One of the really cool things about brewing a stock ale is that you actually get to brew two completely separate beers with unique traits and their own identities, and then blend them together to create a beer that takes on some of both, but also has a life of its own,” said senior brewer at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, Sean Brennan.
“When you consider all of the flavours coming from the wood of the barrels thanks to Bulleit’s subtle spice and oaky richness, there’s a lot of powerful influences to take note of and process in the final beer. As we say, it’s one to sip.”
Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels is now on tap at the Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore and can be found on shelves at beer stores across the US in four-packs of 11.2oz bottles as of 15 November for a suggested retail price of $19.99.
Described as the home of experimental Guinness beers in the US, the Open Gate Brewery opened a year ago following an investment of $90 million.
In September, Diageo released Guinness Over The Moon Milk Stout.
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