Bourbon O.E. (2017)
Smog City Brewing Co.
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A Note on This Beer
1,095 Days. 26,280 Hours. 1,576,800 Minutes. 94,608,000 Seconds.
Whichever way you slice it, three years is a pretty long time. And it’s exactly how long Smog City has been sitting on these bottles of Bourbon O.E.
But now, for the first time since 2017, this San Diego Int’l Competition medal-winning vintage of Smog City’s famous Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine is back!
Ranked the #21 British Barleywine in the World on BA, B.O.E. stands apart from its barrel-aged brethren by incorporating a unique bourbon blend that changes with EVERY vintage. The 2017 vintage was aged for 13 months in barrels from top-notch distilleries Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill.
And 3 years in the Smog City dungeon has only emboldened the flavors of silky caramel and leveled off any underlying hop bitterness. The heat from the 13.1% ABV has all but disappeared after mellowing for so long, allowing notes of charred oak and dark fruit to shine.
Pick up a bottle of this coveted vintage of B.O.E. and go off on a bragging spree — Tavour has dibs on the very last bottles in existence, which means you’ll be among the only people in the world to have one of your own!
2017 Vintage rated 4.37 on Untappd; 95/100 on Craft Beer & Brewing; 94/100 on BeerAdvocate