Minneapolis, Minnesota – Barrel-Aged Oat Wine or BAOW, is an updated take on an old favorite. Roughly based on the recipe of Surly Eight, BAOW add some tweaks and a hell of a lot of oats for a highly drinkable beer that still packs a punch. Surly turned the floor over to Surly Head Brewer Ben Smith for more insight on their newest release.
Is Surly Eight a major influence or more of a launching point to a pretty different thing?
“Surly Eight was a definite influence for this beer. But we wanted to revisit the style with some tweaks make this beer a bit more approachable. BAOW drinks surprisingly smooth for a higher-ABV, barrel aged beer. It has wonderful notes of vanilla, marshmallow, and citrus with a light, silky smooth mouthfeel from the oats. You get more booze/rye on the aroma than in the beer, which I appreciate – some spirit barrel aged beers are all booze, with not real complexity in the drinking experience. Here, I find you get a lot of malt and oat flavor and nice subtleties from the spirits/wood, without overwhelming the base beer.
MALT – 2-Row, Oat Malt, Biscuit Malt, Acidulated Malt, Rolled Oats and Simpson’s Golden Naked Oats
HOPS – Warrior
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