Barrel Aged Inspiration by Community Beer Co Taste Test
Barrel Aged Inspiration by Community Beer Co
I was really good to see this beer at my local Total Wine store. I have yet to have a Community Beer Co offering that was bad. The last Community beer that I tried was Legion, and that beer is highly recommended.
Barrel Aged Legion is a totally different animal from almost everything that I’ve tried. The closest beer that I’ve had would probably be the Barrel Aged Iron Joe from Rahr & Sons Brewing. That beer took a real coffee focus, and I knew that Inspiration would take a totally different angle based on the Belgian yeast flavors.
This beer is so rare at the moment that it’s actually a little tough to find information on it. I’m pretty much going off the label for background details.
Here is what the label says –
“The second release in our Barrel Aged Series is a marriage of three liquids: Inspiration, Barrel Aged Legion and whiskey. Two thirds of the batch is our Belgian Dark ale, Inspiration, aged in whiskey and bourbon barrels previously containing Legion, our Russian Imperial Stout. The other third was aged in freshly dumped Colorado craft whiskey barrels. The result is a pronounced depth of the already fruity and complex Belgian Ale, with more dark ripe fruit and nuances of cocoa and vanilla from the B.A. Legion soaked wood.”
Barrel Aged Inspiration in Glass
Barrel Aged Inspiration pours out a hazy brown with a good head of off white foam. I think that it gains some of the darkness from the whiskey barrels.
The aroma of this beer is really intriguing. You get the sweet smell from the Belgian yeast with an almost sour element to it like sour cherries. It’s a really complex smell.
After the first big sniff, you can also smell the dark malts in the background mingling with the yeast.
The taste does not follow the smell that closely. There is so much going on with the flavor that it’s hard to figure out where to start.
This beer is fruity and slightly sour. You get lots of dark fruit flavor like plums.
The flavor is really dominated by the bourbon barrels, though. Barrel Aged Inspiration might be the closest that beer can ever get to tasting like a bourbon cocktail. If that is your kind of thing, I would suggest that you go out and buy this beer now.
B.A. Inspiration is super unique. The more I drank, the more I like it. It does pack a 10.2% ABV, so it is not for the faint of heart. That also basically forces you to slow down and savor this beer, but how or why would you try to drink this one fast?
This beer brought back memories of drinking mint juleps outside in the Spring, and that’s a good thing. The end of my tasting notes says “It’s almost like a coffee, whiskey, Belgian ale” so take that for what it’s worth.
Barrel Aged Inspiration is probably too complex for a 500 word write up, so if you see it around, I would highly recommend trying it out. As I understand it, this is a pretty limited release, so hopefully I can get my hands on more before it’s gone.