Reindeer Tears Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine (2017)
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A Note on This Beer
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Tis the season to be jolly!
Even if it’s a teensy bit early for boughs of holly — it’s time to deck the beer fridge instead. Because today’s merriment is all about Heathen Brewing’s annual Reindeer Tears Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine release!
The North American Beer Awards gold medalists let this one nap for a year in bourbon barrels before bottling it up as a limited Yuletide release. And usually, each batch gets snatched up well before the holidays even hit.
Except for a small stash of each vintage that the brewers hide away in their cellar, allowing them to carefully age longer in the bottle.
That’s what makes this year extra special for the Tavour community. Right now, you have access to not just the brand-new 2020 rendition, but the past four vintages — all in one click of that “Get it” button. What an epic gift!
With each year, the brew’s bourbon-soaked roastiness mellows a little more and reveals even deeper, more luscious notes of dark cherry, fig, and silky vanilla. In fact, here’s what tasters are saying about each prized bottle in this collection:
Reindeer Tears 2020 - 12% ABV
“Viscous and figgy dark fruit up front. Great boozy burn on the end. Liking these reindeers more every year.” @Peaches K.
Reindeer Tears 2019 - 12% ABV
“Fantastic swirl of flavors. Apple cider flavors hit first, followed by whiskey...The finish is surprisingly smooth, almost Stout creaminess.” @Brian C.
Reindeer Tears 2018 - 12% ABV
“Sweet BBA barley. Cinnamon raisins finish it off.. Merry Xmas people.” @Ryan T..
Reindeer Tears 2017 - 12% ABV
“So...smooth, they really are getting the beer dialed in and the barrel/hop balance is perfect for a Barleywine.” @Firm B.
Reindeer Tears 2016 - 12% ABV
“Well, this is delightful. It’s smoothed out so much!” @Kris S.
You could save a bottle to warm you up each week of December, or you could try the earliest vintage now and wait until the others reach comparable levels of aged complexity! You could even gift ‘em all to friends and totally win as best craft-giver this season.
So many choices, all good!
*We stocked up on as many bottles as Heathen was willing to give us, but we regret that we aren’t able to accommodate everyone!
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