The barrels are on cradles in a back corner of Black Bridge Brewery by the roll up door leading to the patio. One looks charred and beaten, the other is oakishly white and new-ish. Both contain beers – as you would expect in a brewery. The weathered barrel is a from a 10 year old Knob Creek whiskey and it holds the newest iteration of Katastrophic Humiliation. The other barrel is from Desert Diamond Distillery, used for their 5 year reserve rum; the barrel now contains an aged Old Pretender. Both barrels were carefully drilled into recently and a few ounces were released for sampling to the small group that bloomed around the barrels.
Old Pretender was brown, like a beer bottle or growler. It’s hard to expatiate the flavors that were happening in that sample. The rum definitely holds a presence, some commented that they tasted chocolate. It’s a rich drink, plenty of complexity to satisfy a good beer snob. Katastrophic is continually a brilliant beer. The aroma from the barrel, bourbon and vanilla, will enhance it’s reputation no doubt. It was very, very dry and a pale bronze color and I don’t remember a lot else about it. It’s still very young and has to further mature.
Look for both at the Real Wild & Woody beer festival in Phoenix, July 28