Collaborations between beer and whiskey makers typically yield combined outcomes. Far too typically, the hops affect or another variable will hijack the method, and the well-intended experiment loses the plot. Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing and its well-respected Milk Stout Nitro have been round for fairly a bit, and the folks behind Foundry might seem like new on the block however have been round for a spell: the person behind the model, Scott Bush, was the founding father of Templeton Rye. After promoting the corporate in 2016, he moved on to start this new enterprise. To date, solely rum, vodka, and gin have been produced, with this being the primary whisky providing.
So how did this come to fruition? From the press launch:
“In 2019, Left Hand started a batch of their acclaimed stout, making a candy liquid infusion of roasted malts. Earlier than the addition of lactose or the method of fermentation that will flip it right into a stout, this wash was transported from Colorado to Iowa to be fermented, distilled, barrel-aged, and bottled as a whiskey. [It is] aged 24 months in 30 gallon charred oak barrels.”
Unexpectedly, the nostril is good with notes of honey and apricot, defying the expectations of heavy chocolate and occasional discovered on the nostril of Left Hand’s milk stout. Including a little bit of water and time to the equation, there’s muted black licorice and the eventual arrival of darkish chocolate. The palate is sharp however regular, with masses extra chocolate at first giving method to heavy oak and pepper influences that by no means get too scorching however demand their presence be identified. There was an expectation of an equally rugged end right here, however it’s surprisingly clear and candy, with a beneficiant stability of apricot, cream, and oak ending issues on a excessive notice.
A most curious inaugural whiskey, and for many who are into these types of experiments, its high quality matches up with the ambition. This would be the first in a collection of releases between the 2 firms, with whiskey iterations of Left Hand’s Galactic Cowboy Imperial Stout, Fade To Black Overseas Export Stout, and Sawtooth Amber Ale arriving within the not-too-distant future.
B+ / $60 / foundrydistillingcompany.com