Beer Barrel Bourbon

New Holland

Beer Barrel

(0.75l, 40%)


7.1/10
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Let’s cut through all the lingo and rhetoric here and just say that Beer Barrel Bourbon is really good, really rich, and surprisingly sweet and smooth. 
 
One might think that a company called “New Holland” might be in the New York area. After all, the Dutch settled New York City, calling it New Amsterdam for a century. But no … New Holland Brewing and Artisan Spirits is based in Holland, Michigan. So I guess it makes sense anyway.  
 
New Holland Brewingand the more recent edition, New Holland Artisan Spirits—was founded in 1996 by two childhood friends: Jason Spaulding and Brett Vander kamp. Perhaps not surprisingly, they started by brewing beer. Then they stated brewing a lot of it. Turns out, they were good at it and now they brew nearly 1 million barrels of beer per year across several varieties. In 2005 they expanded into Whiskey, Rum, and Gin, beginning sales of those products in 2008.
 
Let’s cut through all the lingo and rhetoric here and just say that Beer Barrel Bourbon is really good. For decades, beer makers have aged some of their craft beers and ales in ex-Bourbon barrels to give them extra flavor. The folks at New Holland Brewery did the same thing. Then they had an epiphany. They had just started producing Whiskey, and they were aging it in new American white oak like all the big Bourbon boys do, right? Then they were using those new ex-Bourbon barrels to flavor some of their beers. So what they started doing was flipping the process and aging both in new oak, then swapping. Now the beer is finishing in an ex-Bourbon cask and the Bourbon is finishing in an ex-beer cask. Get it?
 
The result is a very dark, exceptionally smooth Bourbon that is sweet and rich and a little bit hoppy, but not in a bad way. It is surprisingly smooth and sweet. Almost as if you are drinking an aperitif or … dessert Bourbon? Yes, let’s go with that. And if you add a little ice, the flavors and aromas open up and you even get a little floral scent in a dark, rich dram. 
 

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  • Style
    Bourbon
  • Region
    Michigan
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
    New Holland Artisan Spirits
  • Bottler
    New Holland Artisan Spirits

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sweet
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caramel
hops
roasted
floral
oak
grain
toasted
What does Beer Barrel Bourbon taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Rich, dark, coppery brown 
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Caramel and roasted grain
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Heavy, rich, smooth as cream  
 
Finish 
Sweet and rich all the way down
Ratings & Reviews
Pedro
Pedro,
The sweetness really comes through from the moment it hits your mouth. Smooth.
Mike
Mike,
Garbage whiskey. 2nd thing I have tried from Flaviar and very much questioning my membership. I wouldn't give this to enemies much less friends or drink it myself.
Troy
Troy,
Tasted like dirty draught beer tap lines -- terrible idea
Christian
Christian,
Very smooth and with a nice sweet taste.
Mary
Mary,
Very smooth. Sweet, caramel.
Danny
Danny,
Overall a decent bourbon. Not sure how I feel about the beer.
Jamie
Jamie,
Wasn’t expecting that hint of actual beer flavor. Not for me.
Jon
Jon,
Not bad, but not exciting. It's fairly sweet right away, but finishes on the woody side. I'd rate this as a run of the mill bourbon, which is not necessarily a bad thing! I wouldn't turn it down.
Paul
Paul,
Love this bourbon! It has such a unique flavor - you can actually taste the beer on your palate.
Erik
Erik,
Very smooth. Delicious notes with a hint of caramel. Surprisingly gentle on the palate for a bourbon.
Daniel
Daniel,
This one has a unique taste. Sweet and toasted hit the pallet right away. Once those dissipate, the beer starts to take over with some sweet. This is a great bourbon.
Dane
Dane,
Smooth, and enjoy the finish.
Andrew
Andrew,
Goes down smooth. Great taste.
Michael
Michael,
Smooth and not too sweet.
Brandon
Brandon,
Pleasant but not great.
Christopher
Christopher,
Delicious smell. Smooth, sweet, clean finish. Tasted this not over ice, room temp. Would compliment my collection.
Randall
Randall,
Smooth tasty with a long finish
Giovanni
Giovanni,
Smooth and sweet.
james
james,
This is my go to bourbon it is smooth and delicious. The description is spot on. I like it best with stainless stone and not watered down. The natural flavour is awesome. Bourbon aged in barrels that bourban barrel beer was previously aged in, that's ingenious.
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