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Review: Breckenridge Buddy Pass – Imperial Oatmeal Stout and Stout Finished Whiskey

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It’s laborious to imagine however Breckenridge Brewery and Breckenridge Distillery are usually not owned by the identical firm. (Breckenridge Brewery is definitely a part of Anheuser-Busch, whereas the distillery continues to be independently owned.)

Buddy Move is nonetheless a pure collaboration between the 2 operations, a barrel change wherein Breckenridge Brewery brewed an Imperial Oatmeal Stout which was then aged in Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon barrels. After ageing, the beer was returned to tanks and the barrels have been returned to Breckenridge Distillery, stuffed with Breckenridge Whiskey to complete for a 12 months. (It’s unclear what whiskey was utilized in Buddy Move, whether or not that is Breckenridge Bourbon or another spirit; no additional particulars and no age statements are supplied.)

Each merchandise bear the identify Buddy Move, a play on a reduced elevate ticket you would possibly purchase on the close by Breckenridge ski resort. They have been bottled and launched similtaneously restricted editions, with related branding.

We acquired them each, and we’re right here to report on how they acquit themselves.

Breckenridge Brewery Buddy Move Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout – Thick and unctuous, there’s no mistaking the barrel ageing right here. Notes of fig jam, berry syrup, chocolate sauce, and caramel all drip from the palate, which veers into these syrup-laced chocolate lined cherry confections after a time. Gummy and overpoweringly candy on the end, some notes of crushed graham crackers and chewy malt may be made out within the combine for those who dig deeply sufficient, although wading by all the syrupy fruit cocktail to get there will not be completely well worth the effort. 10.5% abv. B- / $14 per four-pack

Breckenridge Distillery Buddy Move Whiskey Imperial Stout Cask – The whiskey is far more intriguing than the beer. The dripping-fruit sweetness of the beer continues to be evident right here, but it surely’s not almost as overpowering, serving so as to add an additional layer of nuance to the proceedings. The nostril isn’t significantly fruity, seeing a delicate breakfast cereal and sesame seed character backed up by perfumy sandalwood, caramel, and barrel char because it opens up. The palate is the place issues actually come to life, kicking off with notes of semi-sweet chocolate and hints of that fig jam current within the beer. Once more, that fruit isn’t overwhelming, and it fades into extra of a tart cherry character because it unfolds within the glass. Fairly chocolaty and wealthy because the end builds, the drinker is rewarded with a conclusion that layers in notes of baking spice, a little bit of orange zest, and a touch of coconut. Tons happening, but it surely all works surprisingly and superbly properly collectively. 108.5 proof. A- / $55

Breckenridge Brewery Buddy Move Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout




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