OG 1.079 FG: 1.010 Merlot Barrel, gen 1 - 17 months ABV: 9.0
For the third barrel project, we made a fantastic foreign extra stout and added it to a 'just used' merlot barrel from Colorado's western slope. While ageing in Left Hand's barrel room, we added 15lb of tart cherries from IPAler's trees (Don Blake and John Ojala). The refermentation popped the cork off the barrel and made a bit of a mess, but with patience, this brew turned out incredible. At one point, we thought it to be terrible, but patience being a virtue, it paid off and the resulting brew came out of the barrel with a complex sourness from the cherries and barrel.
It's done well in competitions, winning a gold medal at the 2012 Rocky Mountain Homebrew Club Challenge. Caution Brewing in Denver selected it for entry into the 2013 GABF Pro-Am.
Jeff Porn (Barrel Wrangler)