Year of New Beer (rnd 2): French Toast Barreled Wooley Swamp, Country Boy Brewing (Lexington)
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 next was the French Toast, and it delivers on its namesake in spades. For me, the nose was predominantly maple, with a balanced undercurrent of bourbon and cinnamon. Sharing with a couple of trusted palates, I was in the minority in regards to the cinnamon, as others found it to be a bit strong, but still within acceptable levels for the overall goal of the beer. On the tongue, this is a sweet, boozy beast. Maple comes through loud and clear, with sweet, doughy malts fulfilling the toast aspect. The cinnamon is a bit drying on the finish, but still not a detractor for me, as the sweetness seems to balance it out. Nice bourbon heat throughout. Everything you would expect a beer named French Toast to be.
Both are excellent. 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!