Helm's Deep stout
Three Taverns Head Brewer Joran Van Ginderachter pulls a sample of their barrel-aged stout from a Sherry puncheon.

This weekend Three Taverns invited a handful of craft beer fans to preview their new 13% bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Helm’s Deep, at their brewery in Decatur, GA.  The beer will debut to the public at this year’s Wrecking Bar Strong Beer Fest, with a limited (~100) bottle release to be set at a later date.

Helm’s Deep was boiled for 24 hours to aid in caramelization of the malts and help give it a fuller body.  After primary fermentation it was aged for 8 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.  It’s a very smooth stout initially, with a bourbon heat kick on the finish, roast and vanilla linger on the palate.  There’s also a sherry barrel variant (and a double barrel variant) that will be released in the future.  I enjoyed the sherry barrel version a bit more than the bourbon barrel version but I was in the minority, both beers are very good.

The Strong Beer Fest is sold out, so if you haven’t got a ticket make sure to get to the release to get your hands on this Stout.  We’ll share info on the release date as soon as we have it.

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep

Style: Russian Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels
ABV: 13%
Packaging: Draft and 750ml bottles
Availability: Debuting at Strong Beer Fest (SOLD OUT!) on December 3rd, bottle release at the brewery at a later date

Three Taverns Cranberry Sauced cans
Don’t forget!  Three Taverns will also release Cranberry Sauced cans at the brewery on Nov. 17th.  Click the pic for more info on this release.