Founders has released a series of bourbon barrel aged beers and this one is an excellent example of the fine beers in this series. The list continues to grow but here are some notable ones.
- Froot Wood
- KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
- Backwoods Bastard
- CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
- Dank Wood
- Barrel Runner
All of these beers is worth every penny they are asking for them.
What do you get when a big, bold imperial red IPA meets an oak bourbon barrel? A palate stunner that’ll send your senses spinning or, as we like to call it, Dankwood. Rich caramel notes emerge from the depths of the IPA, highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity. A dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper, Dankwood is the perfect alchemy of wood and hops. (Founder’s description)
Best Served: Anyway you can get it, but a snifter is recommended.
This is the type of IPA that would make an IPA drinker out of the hop-averse type drinkers. I personally do not like the bitterness of the IPA which is sad because it seems like every new startup brewery is turning out a million new brews, all IPAs. Who’s drinking this stuff?
Anyways, this IPA is not overly bitter and the bourbon barrel ads a nice accent. I would probably add more bourbon but that’s just me. At the end of a hot day I can still enjoy this nicely crafted brew. Dank Wood will delight many IPA drinkers but for me it’s not quite on the mark. It’s missing something to combine with the hops.
At the end of the day, when I am thirsty I am going to enjoy this beer. But I won’t be hunting it down at the store.
Aroma: Super hoppy but not bitter. It’s a fruity smelling hops. No real bourbon barrel smell.
Taste: The taste is what you would expect from an IPA except it’s not a super bitter IPA. You can really taste the bourbon barrel in the middle of the sip but it’s not there at the beginning. Over-all it’s a simple type of flavor. It’s not complex. However, it is good.
Texture: Rich and crisp. This head is very tall and retains itself for a while. It’s one of those “stick-to-the-side-of-the-glass” type of heads.
Finish: The finish is more traditional IPA style. A bit hoppy with some slight bourbon.
Comparisons: This would be comparable to most non-bitter IPA, like Star Dust, by Elysian Brewery. It’s not too different from the Barrel Runner except not as good.