I finally made it. Beer 1,000! When I tell people that I hit 1,000, they say “Wow, a thousand beers in three years”. At that point, I tell them it’s 1,000 unique beers in 3 years, way way more if you count all the ones I don’t check in on. Then they get this shocked look on their face.
For 1,000, I wanted it to be special, so I decided that I was going to drink a Forked River beer to celebrate this milestone. Those guys have been nothing but fantastic to me and my hobby. I enjoy hanging out with the men behind the beer as much as I enjoy their beer.
So, when I went there one day to grab the 4 new beers they released (all barrel aged) I talked to Dave about hitting 1,000 and wanting to use their beer to do it…any recommendations? His options were Weendigo, an imperial stout aged in Jack Daniel’s barrels, or Catharsis, which is a Belgian quad that has spent some time in red wine barrels . Clearly, I went with the first one. Clearly, this was a special beer, it had a wax seal on it!
On Christmas day, we packed up the family and took off to my brother’s house, as usual. I normally bring a bunch of beers with me, but this year, Kevin and Teri were in Winnipeg visiting her father, so I was the only one drinking. I brought a Stella (a Christmas beer in its own right) and Weendigo. Right before we were about to drop the turkey in the deer fryer, I poured it out.
It was dark black and had a big mocha head on it. It smelled like a big stout but there was a hint of extra booze on the tail end of it. It had been out of the fridge for a while so I didn’t have to wait long to drink it.
It tasted like an imperial stout, but as you swallow, you get the unmistakable flavour of bourbon. You can also taste the char and the wood it was aged in. For a 10% beer, you can barely taste the alcohol in it. It was thick but smooth, and full of flavour. I would say it is one of their very best beers. I can see why they would be proud of this one.
Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 10.2%
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle