It’s starting to feel a lot like stout season, and Guinness has unveiled two new barrel-aged beers for these wintery, holiday months.
Made at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, Guinness Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout and Guinness Imperial Stout both aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.
Guinness Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels is 11% ABV, and brewed with allspice, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pair this stout with roasted pork with fig, vanilla panna cotta or crème brûlée, the company suggests.
Guinness Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels has a velvety mouthfeel, the company reports, with notes of chocolate, bourbon, coconut and vanilla, before an oak finish. With a 10.3% ABV, the stout provides a pairing for steak, rib roast with rosemary and garlic or chocolate desserts.
“Barrels have been a part of Guinness brewing history for centuries, so we’re excited to continue expanding on that tradition by becoming a center for the barrel-aging experience in the U.S.,” says Sean Brennan, senior brewer at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore. “It truly gives us the chance to create, experiment and discover. We brewed Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout to evoke the warm, rich flavors of holiday spices, while we knew Imperial Stout needed to be showcased on its own after it was originally brewed as part of the Stock Ale blend last year.”
Guinness Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout and Guinness Imperial Stout are available now, nationwide, in 4-packs of 11.2-oz. bottles — for a limited time — at a suggested retail price of $19.99 per pack. Both beers are also on tap at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore through the holidays.