AleSmith Brewing Company
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AleSmith Brewing makes “best of” lists across many styles, and for their Reforged XXI they blend three Barrel-Aged legends that rarely have escaped their cellar. The only way to taste these Rum, Red Wine, and Bourbon Barrel-Aged brews is to go on an exclusive tour.
Before you decide to go sneaking into their cellar, let’s unshroud the deep, delicious mystery of Reforged XXI:
- Rum Layer: Old Rumskull -- AleSmith took their GABF award-winning Barleywine and aged in rum barrels from Nicaragua. Think caramel notes, woody spice, and sweet molasses.
- Red Wine Layer: Red Wine Barrel-Aged Quad -- This is a richly malted, jammy Belgian-style Quadrupel, aged in California Red Wine barrels for notes of oak, dark fruit, and tannins.
- Bourbon Layer: BBA Noble Empire Imperial Porter -- An imperial version of a traditional English-style Porter, this roasty brew is soaked with chocolatey decadence and sweet vanilla notes from the bourbon barrels.
After blending, AleSmith ages Reforged XXI in oak barrels to meld the complex flavors into smooth harmony. Aromas of blackstrap molasses rise from a dark mahogany pour. One sip and you glide through each barrel -- rum-soaked raisins, vanilla-bourbon toffee, and sangria-kissed plums and figs sweep across your palate. A warming 11% ABV lays down a velvet caress, each taste worthy of the classiest soirée.
By wrapping all three Barrel-Aged brews together in this complex blend, AleSmith serves up boozy, caramelly, dark fruit refinement in every silky sip of Reforged XXI. Made only once in 2016 and cellared for over a year, this luxurious brew from one of craft’s booze experts is a time capsule of inspired barrel flavors. Salud!
Rated 4.12 on BeerAdvocate