The first nationally distributed collaboration between Oskar Blues Brewery and Cigar City Brewing is heading to retailers later this month.
Bamburana is a 12.2 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with dates and figs that has portions aged in three different ways: once in whiskey barrels, once in brandy barrels and for a final time in tanks with Amburana wood spirals.
According to a press release, the new stout was thought up by Oskar Blues’s head of brewing operations, Tim Matthews and Cigar City’s brewmaster Wayne Wambles, with a goal “to craft a brew that would marry the flavors of double-barrel aged imperial stout and Amburana wood”, which is indigenous to South America and “imparts unique warm and savory flavors and aroma” to the final product.
“We’re both known for barrel-aging big, malty, dark beers,” said Matthews, in a press release. “The culinary goal of this project was to match the flavors of a rich candy cookie with fig filling and gingerbread spice. We spent a bunch of time selecting the right figs and dates to hit exactly the right flavor notes, lend a slight stickiness and cut into the rowdiness of the Amburana wood.”
According to Oskar Blues, Bamburana will be packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce cans that are scheduled to ship to retailers nationwide starting in “mid-January.”