Honky Tonk Badonkadonk Barrel-Aged Stout

I was happily surprised by how much I liked Yee Haw, despite the overtly redneck name. This one comes from here in Nashville, so they will likely earn the Honky Tonk name, and (being a local brewer) I will likely be trying others of their wares, assuming this one isn't undrinkable.

The beer is so dark brown that it may as well be black, and the head is a very pleasing and soothing shade of light tan. Eventually, the very little bubbles boil down to a thin pepperoni pizza across the top (there are a lot of small circles of bubbles on top that are fairly regularly spaced). The aroma is thick with unexpected chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and wood.

First sip is a little more watery than I expected, but it seems to work in its favor. It takes what is normally a syrupy, heavy beer and kind of makes it mild and refreshing. Well, refreshing for a given amount of refreshing, I guess. I mean, this isn't going to beat an All-Day IPA for it, but it's actually not bad just to sip.

Tip-in is very light bourbon, wood, chocolate, and a little vanilla while carbonation doesn't really seem to be doing anything. The middle spreads into a sublime, sweet and oaky stout with the bourbon only highlighting the chocolate, oatmeal, and heavy grains inside. The finish is a bit more bitter with a hint of coffee coming in and joining the chocolate and vanilla.

Bottom Line: Wow. That's a pretty darn good and easy drinking beer.

4.0/5

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