Year of New Beer (rnd 1): Coconut Fudge Barreled Wooley Swamp, Country Boy Brewing

Written By: Dion on 02/07/2019

As I have readily and frequently admitted, I am a homer for the local breweries. Today is no exception, because I have waited patiently for CBB to dip their toes back into the waters of barrel aged imperial stouts. These two brews should satisfy the pickiest of the beer nerd community.

Up first was Coconut Fudge, and it comes out swinging, taking the base, Buffalo Trace aged Wooley Swamp to a different level. The nose is full-on chocolate, pushing aside a most subtle toasted coconut. Very restrained bourbon in the aroma, with only trace amounts of caramel and oak. On the tongue, chocolate is again the star of the show, starting off as a cocoa powder that quickly goes almost milky sweet. I would like to see the coconut dialed up a bit, but given the silky texture of the chocolate, it's a minor complaint. Roasted malts and dark fruit pair nicely with a bourbon note that builds to a slight burn on the swallow. This is a chocolate lover's dream and is nicely done. 

The Coconut Fudge I could take down by myself with no regrets, while the French Toast is a sweet dessert treat best shared amongst friends. Both go on sale Sunday in the Lexington taproom only, with a sparse 100 or so bottles of each available. I don't think anyone will be disappointed with this purchase. As always, the utmost thanks and appreciation to the guys at Country Boy for allowing me to preview these beers with a few friends. Humbled by the opportunity!