Rye MILF

Posted on Sept. 10, 2018, 2 p.m.

Anyone else out there been tapping your feet, patiently awaiting the next single barrel iteration of MILF? Time slows to a crawl when you are gripped by anticipation of a barrel aged stout. But you all know the drill: there is simply no rushing the process. Only the barrels and the beer in it can say when the time is right. Fortunately for you, the time is now right for our Rye Barrel Aged MILF.


Many stout devotees out there are aware that our ultimate MILF is a blend of several barrel types. This year’s release came out of rye whiskey, bourbon, rum, and brandy barrels. While the blend presents an unparalleled complexity and nuance of aroma and flavor, certain barrels stand out of the crowd for their own unique contributions. These portions of the beer earn the chance to shine on their own as single barrel releases.


The journey to this moment began many months ago with the brewing of the base stout. Of course, never content to rest on our laurels, we are always seeking to improve the liquid well before the barrels have their say. A beer as layered as MILF comes together in stages, with multiple brews. Some brewed with adjuncts such as cacao nibs and raisins, some without any adjuncts at all. These separate brews went into barrels individually, allowing for as much finesse as possible in the blending. During the barrel tasting that informs the blending, we’ve found ourselves more frequently selecting the liquid without adjuncts. Specifically for this release the base stout contains no adjuncts whatsoever. The chocolate and dried fruit notes we seek have been sufficiently provided by the malt and barrels.


So what can you expect from this year’s iteration of Rye Barrel MILF? For one thing, the exquisite spirit character of Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. These barrels bestowed a bounty of riches on this beer. The spicy character of rye whiskey shines in the aroma with hints of fresh green rye, anise, new American oak, and tobacco. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate and creme brulée stand out. Overall, Rye Barrel MILF has a dynamic range of flavor with the interplay of roast malt bitterness, sweetness, and a touch of drying barrel tannin. Complex yet harmonious, Rye Barrel MILF rewards each sip anew as it warms in the glass. Pick up a 22oz bomber, maybe invite over a friend, unplug every device you own, and give yourself over to some serious contemplation to this stout. Rye Barrel MILF will return every bit of depth you put into appreciating it.  


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