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We have a continuously expanding collection of retired bourbon barrels and French and American oak barrels from a local New Jersey winery that we use to age beer. These beers rest quietly in the barrels anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on the style and desired flavor contribution. These are our rarest beers and are released in small quantities when we believe they are ready. Below is a list of the beers that have been released; the rest are still aging:

A NIGHT TO END ALL DAWNS – 2015

A Night To End All Dawns is a massive imperial stout aged over a year in bourbon barrels. The extended aging allowed seasonal temperature fluctuations in the barrels to draw bold flavors from the oak that can only develop with time. The heat of the bourbon gave way to a subtle caramel sweetness, and the bold, sharp edges of the roasted malt mellowed and married with notes of vanilla and oak. ABV: 12.4%

*The 2015 release featured 4 variants, indicated by the color of wax used on the bottles:

Black – A Night to End All Dawns
White – Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans
Silver – Toasted Coconut
Brown – Roasted Cacao Beans

PARHELION

Parhelion is a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial IPA. Using Overhead as our inspiration, we added higher levels of caramel malts and modified our hop schedule of Simcoe and Amarillo. We aged this beer for six months in bourbon barrels that previously held A Night To End All Dawns. The influence of both the barrels and the previous beer impart subtle roasted, vanilla and bourbon flavors to this Imperial IPA. 9.4% ABV.

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A NIGHT TO END ALL DAWNS – 2014

A Night To End All Dawns is a massive imperial stout aged over a year in Four Roses bourbon barrels. The extended aging allowed seasonal temperature fluctuations in the barrels to draw bold flavors from the oak that can only develop with time. The heat of the bourbon gave way to a subtle caramel sweetness, and the bold, sharp edges of the roasted malt mellowed and married with notes of vanilla and oak. ABV: 12.4%

*The 2014 release featured 4 variants, indicated by the color of wax used on the bottles:

Black – A Night to End All Dawns
White – Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans
Silver – Dark Roast Coffee from Rook Coffee Roasters
Brown – Roasted Cacao Beans

A NIGHT TO END ALL DAWNS – 2013

A Night To End All Dawns began life as an imperial stout and was transformed into a massive dark ale during 15 months spent in bourbon barrels. The extended aging allowed seasonal temperature fluctuations in the barrels to draw bold flavors from the oak that can only develop with time. The heat of the bourbon gave way to a subtle caramel sweetness, and the bold, sharp edges of the roasted malt mellowed and married with notes of vanilla and oak. Belgian Candi Sugar in the kettle created a layer of dark fruit complexity and a dry finish. ABV:13.0%

DRIFTWOOD

Driftwood is our oatmeal brown ale that is aged in retired bourbon barrels for approximately six months. The aging intensifies the dark caramel malt flavor of the original beer while adding hints of vanilla, sweetness from the bourbon and a slightly tannic flavor and mouth-feel from the oak. ABV: 7.2%

BARREL-AGED HEAD HIGH

There are always exceptions to certain rules and this beer is the case. Head High should always be consumed fresh…except for when its going to be aged in a bourbon barrel. The four to six month period this beer spends in a barrel softens and rounds out some of the bitterness you get from this beer fresh. The citrus and grapefruit aroma from the dry hopping fades and is replaced with more subtle notes of pine and vanilla. Earthy and woody flavors from the barrel are easily picked up by the pale malts and oak tannins give this beer a more substantial mouth-feel. ABV: 7.5%

BARREL-AGED OVERHEAD

The characteristics of Overhead that under normal circumstances help to differentiate it from Head High – more residual sweetness, wider range of malt flavor, and a shift to the piney, resiny end of the hop spectrum – also make it an interesting candidate for barrel aging. Time softens the high IBU punch of fresh Overhead, and caramel sweetness from the bourbon adds a new layer to its malt backbone. Piney hop aromas, made more subtle during the aging process, are reshaped by the underlying notes of earthy oak and hints of vanilla. ABV: 8.7%