I recently had a chance at a sneak peak (so to speak) at Kappy’s Barrel Series #3. This beer is not yet ready for prime time, though I will promise the carbonation is there. KBS#3 is the Idle Hands Triplication aged in an oak barrel that we supplied to them. This is one special beer. At first sniff, the Bourbon flavour comes through beautifully… I was tempted to just sit there and enjoy the aromas, but the beer was begging to be tasted.
Once I got to tasting it, the vanilla and wood showed up, blended with the whiskey flavours and was just absolutely delicious. This beer is still a couple of months from being ready to sell, though it is in the bottle and is being bottle conditioned for a bit longer. There are hints of the depth and complexity that will come through and though it is not yet a finished product, I am looking forward to how this will develop both by the time we are ready to release it and for a period of time beyond. I think that over time the wood and Bourbon flavours will moderate and bring out more complexity with the Belgian Tripel that is its base and anticipate releasing a truly remarkable beer before long.