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Jester King’s Whiskey Barrel Rodeo

Jester King Craft Brewery is an authentic farmhouse brewery based in Texas Hill Country that I’ve been collecting labels of and that Paige has actually visited. They believe that terroir–the geography, geology, and/or climate of a certain area, basically what makes a region special–is just as important to beer as to wine. They use local rain water and wild Texas yeasts where possible. They use as many USDA-certified organic ingredients as possible and don’t rush beers to market just to meet demand.

Whiskey Barrel Rodeo, an Imperial Stout, continues the collaborative relationship with Mikkeller. Previously, they teamed up on Drinkin’  The Sunbelt, Beer Geek Rodeo, and Weasel Rodeo. The later two beers and Whiskey Barrel Rodeo are all Oatmeal stouts with chipotle peppers and Kopi Luwak (“weasel coffee”). The difference being that Whiskey Barrel Rodeo is aged in Tennessee whiskey barrels for six months. I’ve had a couple of other stouts using Kopi Luwak including Mikkeller’s own Beer Geek Brunch Weasel but Whiskey Barrel Rodeo was the best.

Jester King’s Whiskey Barrel Rodeo
Whisky Barrel Rodeo pours a milky black color. The brown head is made up of very fine bubbles. It starts about about a half inch thick, but quickly settles to a thick film. There is some lacing, but not very much.
The aroma hits a home run. Many beers that have multiple strong aromas don't always get a good blend of them all. Whiskey Barrel Rodeo finds the perfect blend of the spicy chipotle pepper, the deep civet coffee, and the whiskey barrel kick. None overwhelm the other and they work perfectly together.
The vanilla, wood, and whiskey flavors from the barrel aging hit the tongue first. The roasted malt and coffee flavors are present throughout, becoming more pronounced as the whiskey dies out. Lastly, the heat of the a chipotle peppers make their appearance. The peppers aren't too strong nor overwhelming. They're just enough to let you know that they're there.
With such strong flavors I was expecting Whiskey Barrel Rodeo to be much heavier than it was. It does has some heft to it but it is an extremely drinkable Imperial Stout. Your mouth definitely gets a workout. Flavors change throughout the drink and even up to 30-60 seconds afterwards as your palate tries to comprehend all that's going on.
I received this beer in a trade but I've heard that it can go for $15.99 per bottle. The price, by itself, is expensive but it is worth it for this beer.
This is one of the best beers that I have ever drank. The complexity and changing taste/aroma throughout added amazing depth. I am very happy that I traded for this beer and only wish that I had a few more bottles so that I could see how it develops as it ages.

Beer Stats
Style: Imperial Stout
Serving: Bottle
Size: 750ml
ABV: 12.00%
BA Score: 92
RB Score: 99

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Written by Bob Pack

Simply put, Bob is a beer lover. He goes out of his way to try new beers whenever he can find them. The love of trying new beers had resulted in a beer label collection of over 1400. When it comes down to it, Bob is a hop head. He loves IPAs (including double and black). Stouts are a close second. His tweet reviews on @nova_beer are simple and approachable. Let him know what you think. Find Bob Pack on Google Plus

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