Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Fuego
Back in the fall of 2019 we were fortunate enough to host our friends at J Wakefield Brewing for an Imperial Stout brew. Most of that batch was blended with a small amount of another base stout aged in Mezcal Reposado barrels. We packaged it as Humo y Espejos & Humo y Espejos with Fuego. Fuego went on to win a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2021 in the chili beer category. Luckily, we had 2 oak barrels of this batch reserved for further aging. After an additional 12 months in oak (32 months total), we have something truly special. These were the last Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malted Rye barrels in our collection and we wanted to do something unique with them as a follow up to Humo y Espejos with Fuego. We settled on a blend of guajillo and two different types of chipotle peppers, some beautiful Filipino cacao nibs and a unique hybrid varietal of Mayan vanilla beans. The chilis were wood-fired in-house over a flame of bourbon barrel staves. These flavors come together seamlessly as raspberry chipotle jam, Mexican drinking chocolate, and ganache.