By now, most of you are aware of Six Mile Bridge's "Big Five Series" beers. If you aren't aware, we wrote about them a few weeks ago when they were announced and you you can check that out here.
If you're one of the folks that are aware, then you've been waiting for this post to arrive. Tomorrow marks the release of their first 750ml bottle of beer and they definitely know how to make an entrance. The Reverent is a 13% ABV Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels on Indian vanilla beans. With a beer that big, the black rhino featured on the label seems more than appropriate.
We chose Indian vanilla beans because the aromas are more earthy than the Madagascar variety and we feel they pair well with the bourbon. When we picked up the barrels, they were emptied that morning and we filled them that night. The vanilla flavor is easier to get as the beer warms up but it's always perceptible on the nose. At 13% ABV, the alcohol is very smooth so it's deceptive. We didn't touch the beer for three months, letting it sleep and have some of those big bourbon flavors settle. After that rest, we tasted it often for 5 months, waiting until we thought it was ready. It's right where we want it to be. - Ryan Sherring, Owner/Head Brewer at Six Mile Bridge
This one goes on sale at the brewery at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 27th and those that reserved bottles in advance can pick them up at that time. If you don't have any bottles reserved, you may be in luck. A limited number of bottles will be available to-go and the beer will be flowing on draught during the release.
Justin was lucky enough to try the beer in advance. Check out his thoughts down below.
|Brewery||Six Mile Bridge|
|Location||Maryland Heights, MO|
|Style||Barrel Aged Stout with Indian Vanilla Beans|
|Distribution Info||Available 5/27/17 at Six Mile Bridge on tap and to-go while bottles last. Limited availability.|
|Huge caramel and vanilla aromas are the first things you're able to pick up. The bourbon is there too, but subtle and although it spent 8 months in a barrel, I can't find any oak. There are some slight hints of dark chocolate but the caramel and vanilla are the real big players.|
|The beer is black. Deep black, with dark amber highlights around the edges as you tilt your glass. The thin, tan head that forms when poured dissipates quickly.|
|Just like on the nose, the caramel and vanilla fight for top billing with dark fruits, mostly raisin, coming in a surprisingly close third. The bourbon flavors blend nicely with the residual sugars from the sweet, dark, chocolatey malts and linger around long after the beer is swallowed. Just like on the nose, there isn't any oak to find but there's a lot of complexity behind it as a whole that could be hiding it. I actually get a little bit of lightly toasted marshmallow in this one, too as the flavors blend together. The finish on the beer is surprisingly dry and has a lot of bourbon to it with enough heat to pack a punch without keeping you down for the count.|
|There is a medium level of carbonation to support the silky, medium+ body of the beer. It's nice and lively while allowing the rich flavors to lay heavy on your tongue.|
|It's hard to believe that for a brewery that's been open nearly two years that this is their first bottle release, and yet here we are. I don't know if they've had this recipe up their sleeve for a while or if it was something they did on the fly but it's very well done. It's just shy of being full bodied but it definitely drinks like an Imperial Stout. The alcohol in the finish is fairly big but again, it's 13% and it's bourbon, so, take that for what it's worth. As the first beer in this series, it makes its mark and sets high expectations for the next 4 beers to come. This one WILL sell out tomorrow to-go and it won't last long on draught. If you don't have any plans to come try some, you may want to think again.|