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New in brew: A stout worth saving article in Boulder Weekly

City Star releases the 2017 Outlaw Imperial Stout in bottles

By Michael J. Casey – November 2, 2017
Most savvy beer drinkers will tell you the same thing: The fresher the better. While true for the vast majority of American lagers and ales, some beers do benefit from a pit stop in a barrel and a little lag time in the bottle. It takes a little patience and some experimentation, but Whitney Way, co-owner of City Star Brewery, says she is enjoying “digging into the barrel-aged side of craft beer.”

Located in Berthoud and operating with a 3.5-barrel brewing system, City Star began playing around with barrel-aged beers in 2012 — it was a raspberry brown ale aged in a cabernet sauvignon barrel. It soon started bottling barrel-aged concoctions, starting with Outlaw, an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels from Breckenridge Distillery.

“The response was overwhelming,” Way says. “Since then, we’ve been releasing a barrel-aged beer in bottles ever two to three months.”

If the response was overwhelming for the 2015 Outlaw, then City Star’s latest bottling, the 2017 Outlaw Imperial Stout, ought to garner even more enthusiastic acclaim. Aged in Heaven Hill Kentucky Bourbon barrels for 14–18 months, the Outlaw is loaded with dark chocolate, dried red fruit, black strap molasses, vanilla and plenty of boozy bourbon. It’s thick and rich, but drink it slow; at 12.75 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the Outlaw packs one hell of a wallop.

“It was brewed to be a high-ABV imperial stout, brewed for those barrels,” Way explains. “In barrels, there is a little bit of evaporation that occurs, especially when you’re keeping beer in there for over a year.”

Not too mention the residual liquor absorbed by the barrels.

“We like to use barrels that are still pretty wet,” Way continues. “We really like the flavor [it] provides.”

The aroma of bourbon whiskey greets you once you chip through the black wax sealing Outlaw’s bottle cap and pry the beast open. It’ll come out swinging, but give it a minute or five to open up in the glass and let the air smooth out those edges — a solid indication the brew will only improve over time.

“This particular beer will definitely age well,” Way says. “We’ve had several different people who had a 2015 [Outlaw] and are drinking them side-by-side with the 2017 now. [They say] right now is the sweet spot for 2015.”

Do an Outlaw side-by-side comparison and you’ll taste what can be achieved by cellaring: the aggressiveness and heat diminish while the flavors deepen into a mellow, nuanced taste.

“That’s kind of the beauty of aging those big imperial stouts,” Way says. “A lot of those key flavors hang out and the beers just improve over time.”

Twenty-two-ounce bottles of 2017 Outlaw Imperial Stout can be acquired at City Star for $18. Grab one for the holidays and one for the cellar; 2019 will be here before you know it.

Original article source: http://www.boulderweekly.com/cuisine/new-brew-stout-worth-saving/

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City Star Brewing Releases Outlaw in Bottles: Imperial Stout Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Barrels

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City Star Brewing Releases Outlaw in Bottles: Imperial Stout Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Barrels

The latest in the City Star Zoller Barrel Aged Series will be released in the City Star taproom on Saturday, October 21st, Outlaw. The 2017 vintage of this imperial stout was aged 14-18 months in Kentucky bourbon whiskey oak barrels and weighs in at 12.75% abv. Flavors of rich chocolate, toffee, dark dried fruit, oak, vanilla and of course American whiskey. A rich and creamy mouthfeel leaves you lingering for another pour.

“This is a very special release for us. Though we began barrel aging beer in 2012, our 2015 vintage of Outlaw was our first bottling of any kind at City Star. It is exciting to see where City Star was at the time of our 2015 release in comparison to this release, as it coincides with the opening of our long awaited beer garden and Zoller Barrel House.” – co-owner Whitney Way.

Bottles will be available for sale at $18/22oz bottle, AND Outlaw will be on draft for samplingEach bottle is dipped in wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal.

City Star will be hosting an Outlaw Preview in the taproom on Monday, October 2nd to kick off GABF festivities! More details about this event can be found at: citystarbrewing.com/outlaw-preview. For those attending GABF swing by our booth R7 for a limited release of Outlaw during each session. 

Outlaw 2017

Outlaw 2017

Outlaw 2017

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The Hop Head’s Guide to the Galaxy: Outlaw 2017

Blake “The Pebble” Johnson joins The Hop Heads in studio for a very special preview of City Star Brewing’s Outlaw 2017 (Releasing October 21st).

Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.75%

2017 vintage of this imperial stout was aged 14-18 months in Kentucky bourbon whiskey oak barrels. Flavors of rich chocolate, toffee, dark dried fruit, oak, vanilla and of course American whiskey. A rich and creamy mouthfeel leaves you lingering for another pour.

Listen to the complete podcast here: Beer Shorts: City Star Brewing – Outlaw 2017

Podcast Release date: September 28, 2017 via The Hop Head’s Guide to the Galaxy

Outlaw

Photo courtesy of The Hop Head’s Guide to the Galaxy

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City Star Brewing Releases Deadwood in Bottles: Imperial Red Ale Aged in Whiskey Barrels

The latest in the City Star Zoller Barrel Aged Series will be released in the City Star taproom on Saturday, August 19th: Deadwood is an imperial red ale aged 4 months in Spirit Hound Distillers whiskey oak barrels. Held by candlelight, this beer is deep garnet in color. The Idaho 7 hops in the base beer impart apricot and tropical fruit notes to the aroma, while plum and dried cherry flavors from the whiskey barrels mingle on the tongue. The beer finishes with sweet whiskey notes and a mild lingering heat. “Working with a local distiller such as Spirit Hound is of great advantage to us since are able to receive barrels immediately after they have been emptied. Getting these ‘wet’ barrels at the peak of their freshness and filling them with beer grants us optimal flavor from the barrels.” (City Star Head Brewer, John Way) Lace up your boots and strap on your spurs, ’cause this brew is rowdy like the town it was named for. 11.4% ABV

Less than 500 bottles will be available for sale at $16/22oz bottle (1 case limit), AND Deadwood will be on draft for sampling.

Each bottle is dipped in wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal. With less than 500 bottles of Deadwood, we don’t expect our supply to stick around.

City Star will be hosting a Deadwood preview event on Thursday, August 17th in the Zoller Barrel House at City Star Brewing from 7-8pm. City Star head brewer, John Way, and a representative from Spirit Hound Distillers will be on site for a meet and greet. Event details can be found here: citystarbrewing.com/deadwood-preview

Deadwood Bottle Release

Deadwood Bottle Release

Deadwood Bottle Release

By in News Comments Off on City Star Brewing Releases Troubadour in Bottles: Brown Ale Aged in Whiskey Barrels

City Star Brewing Releases Troubadour in Bottles: Brown Ale Aged in Whiskey Barrels

Troubadour

The latest in City Star’s Barrel Aged Series will be released in the City Star taproom on Saturday, May 6th: Troubadour, a brown ale aged 3 months in KJ Wood Distillers whiskey oak barrels. KJ Wood once was located in Berthoud, but relocated to Ouray, Colorado in recent years. The caramel notes in this beer work rhythmically with the whiskey flavors of the barrels. Subtle and sweet, like a touching verse of your favorite poem. 5.8% ABV

900 bottles will be available for sale at $12/22oz bottle (1 case limit), AND Troubadour will be on draft for sampling.

Each bottle is dipped in wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal. With only 900 bottles of Troubadour, we don’t expect our supply to stick around.

Troubadour

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City Star Brewing Releases Belle in Bottles: Sour Pale Ale Aged on Passion Fruit

Bottle Release Date: April 29th, 2017 – Berthoud, Colorado

The next release in City Star Brewing’s Barrel Aged Beer Series is Belle, a sour oatmeal pale ale aged 2 years in whiskey oak barrels and aged 3 months with golden passion fruit. Careful, you might just lose your horses while drinking this brew (historic reference, anyone?). 6.6% ABV

The beer will be released in the City Star Brewing taproom on Saturday, April 29th at 12:00pm. There are approximately 500 bottles available for purchase, $16.00 per 22oz bottle, limit 1 case per person.

Belle - Sour Pale Ale Aged on Passion FruitBelle - Sour Pale Ale Aged on Passion Fruit