Tasting Notes

A wood- or barrel-aged strong beer is any lager, ale or hybrid beer, either a traditional style or a unique experimental beer, that has been aged for a period of time in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood, that meets the criteria for alcoholic strength shown below. For purposes of this competition entries in this category should contain greater than 5.2% a.b.w. or 6.5% a.b.v. They may have any range of color or other characteristics, although wood- and barrel-aged strong stouts would be appropriately entered in another category below. Entries are aged with the intention of imparting the particularly unique character of the wood and/or what has previously been in the barrel. New wood character is often characterized as a complex blend of vanillin and unique wood character but wood aged is not necessarily synonymous with imparting wood flavors. Used sherry, bourbon, scotch, port, wine and other barrels are often used, imparting complexity and uniqueness to beer. Ultimately a balance of flavor, aroma and mouthfeel are sought with the marriage of new beer with wood and/or barrel flavors. Primary character of the beer style may or may not be apparent. Examples of wood- and barrelaged strong beer styles include but are not limited to wood-aged barley wine, double porter, triple pale ale or any other wood-aged strong beer style that meets the criteria for alcohol content, with the exceptions of strong stout styles. Sour higher alcohol wood-aged beer (>5.2% a.b.w. or 6.5% a.b.v.) of any color should be entered in another category.

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