Typically bourbon is aged in a newly charred oak barrel, but New Holland Brewery took a new approach, and aged it in used beer barrels to make their simple named, "Beer Barrel Bourbon". In a flip from their Dragons Milk Beer, which is beer aged in bourbon barrels, they've walked into a new unique way of producing their alcohol, reusing the barrels between each blend. We don't know if they just keep recycling their barrels, but we're definitely fans of what they're kicking out.
Beer Barrel Bourbon won't break the bank for a bottle of it, it seems to range around $30-35 at most stores and comes corked in a modest glass bottle, with an 80 proof alcohol level. We weren't sure what to expect since the aging process is somewhat unique and very short.
Beer Barrel Bourbon is only aged for 90 days, but the color is still a fair golden color. That could be from the aging process of used barrels. Visually, this has the color of a fairly aged whiskey.
It has a smooth scent, not what you'd expect for such a short aging period. There are hints of vanilla in it.
The first taste
Some whiskey's need a little water to mellow them out, but the first taste should always be straight so you know what you're up against. After trying this bourbon, I didn't think it needed anything to mellow it out. It was decently smooth and had a lot of flavor to it, which from the way it's aged, should probably be expected.
Beer Barrel Bourbon from New Holland Brewery is quality bourbon with a unique approach. The price isn't too steep, and honestly, the taste is there with this one. If you're looking to treat yourself to something with a nice smooth blend to it, or are really curious about trying this one because of how it's aged, then you can't go wrong.