Not content with opening their third bar, winter 2021 also sees the brewing arm of The Welder’s Dog release it's very first barrel-aged beer. Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a 9.8 percent ABV that’s been brought to life with the support of another regional NSW boozemaker too, with the beer having spent time in whisky barrels from Corowa Distilling. As if travelling from the bottom of NSW to the top wasn't a grand enough journey, before being used to age Corowa's whisky, those barrels started life in the USA, making them American oak.
All of that matters because you can certainly tell the beer has seen some whisky and oak, with the spirit notes hitting first and giving a gentle bite of booze and provide a rich swirl of vanilla and caramel. Beneath those are more classic stout flavours with chocolate, coffee and a distinct hit of licorice or aniseed all coming to the fore and provided a roasted response to the beer's more spirituous side.
- Barrel-aged Imperial Stout