Oak aging a beer can be great. It can also be a marketing ploy. Unfortunately, in the case of Oaked Category 5, the later is definitely the case. The oak flavor is very subtle. More of the oak flavor comes out as the beer warms. It’s not enough to warrant paying a premium for. Due South is not clear how this was aged on their product page.
From the Due South website:
We aged our award-winning Category 5 IIPA on American oak to create this malty, hoppy, oaky can of resiny goodness. Serve this limited edition brew in a snifter to fully experience the complex flavors and aromas found in this beer.
From reading that I’m going to assume they used oak chips or spirals in the fermenter. It’s also possible they used oak staves. The flavor is so subtle I can’t believe that they aged this for very long.
ABV: 8.5% IBU: 95
Malts: 2 Row Barley, Caramel Malts
Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook
Yeast: American Ale
Other Ingredients: American Oak
- Color and Appearance
- Slight Haze
- Good rocky head retention
- No visible carbonation
- No malt aroma
- Slight grapefruit esters
- Mild alcohol alcohol
- low malt
- Mouth Feel
- Low astringency
- Medium body
- Medium carbonation
- Long finish. Hangs on the tongue for a while.
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