Barrel-Aged Imperial Dirty Chai Stout (2020)
Saltfire Brewing Co
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A Note on This Beer
In the barista world, a “dirty chai” is a kind of latte with a shot of espresso, steamed milk, and spiced black tea (chai). In the brewer world, ‘dirty chai’ indicates a whole other plane of excellence.
Case in point: today’s Barrel-Aged Imperial Dirty Chai Stout!
We were able to get a stash of last year’s vintage, and nearly all of it vanished within 12 hours! So, get ready, because the 2020 rendition is just as decadent, if not more so.
To craft it, SaltFire Brewing Co. hopped their chocolatey Stout base with Magnum hops, then infused the brew with coffee beans, lactose, and an abundance of chai spices. Finally, they aged the brew for a full year in High West Bourbon barrels!
From the moment it’s opened, enchanting aromas of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove spill out. Flavors of dark chocolate harmonize with rich coffee notes and hypnotic tunes of whiskey and oaky vanilla. The lactose rounds it all out with a latte-thick, velvety mouthfeel.
And hey, no worries if you haven’t heard of SaltFire Brewing before now. This innovative crew racks up praise in the Utah craft beer scene they’re helping grow, but their tasty creations rarely leave Salt Lake City, let alone the state. And you’re truly lucky, because I can’t think of a finer introduction than Barrel-Aged Imperial Dirty Chai.
*Bison Brew hails SaltFire as one of the state’s best breweries and calls Dirty Chai Stout “one of their most unique and flavorful beers.”
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