Named after the area code in Sherman, Texas, 903 Brewers was founded with one simple idea: to brew great beer for a great community.

Jeremy and Natalie Roberts began building the foundation for 903 Brewers back in 2011 and in June 2013, they officially opened the doors and introduced its first two beers: The Chosen One Coconut Ale and Roo’s Red Ale. The lineup has expanded quite a bit since those first two beers and it continually releases year round, seasonal and special release brews. 903 has secured many awards in its short history, but the most prestigious one was a silver medal at The Great American Beer Fest in the aged beer category for its Sasquatch Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout.

903 Brewers Balcones Barrel Aged Sasquatch bottle

Today I am tasting a new release for this year: Balcones Barrel Aged Sasquatch. This stout has been aged in barrels from Balcones Distillery in Texas, specifically, Baby Blue Bourbon barrels to be exact, a whiskey crafted from roasted heirloom blue corn.

This barrel-aged offering was just released in January and according to founder and brew master Jeremy Roberts, Batch Two of this beer was scheduled to be pulled from the barrels the first week of April.

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle, the one thing that stands out the most is the deep black color and amazing looking finger of tan head. Lacing is initially big and coating and rapidly slides back down into the glass leaving no trace that it ever existed. Aromas of oak, caramel, vanilla, earthiness and alcohol fill the nose.

903 Brewers Balcones Barrel Aged Sasquatch

Taste is not as complex and a touch flatter than I would have expected, but nonetheless, there are pleasing flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, ultra smooth bourbon, oak and a bit of hop bitterness at the end. Balance is nice between the bourbon and chocolate and the alcohol takes a back seat, allowing the flavors to remain at the top. The mouthfeel is creamy and coating and silky smooth but the finish is short lived and disappears way too quickly, making you wonder if it was actually ever there.

903 Brewers Balcones Barrel Aged Sasquatch
BREWERY: 903 Brewers
LOCATION: Sherman, Texas
STYLE: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.3 percent
IBU: 51
PRICE: $14.73
RELEASE DATE: January 2016
AVAILABLE IN: 22-ounce bottles
This has lots of great flavors that balance quite well. The bourbon is just right, present but not overpowering. The balance, aroma, look, flavors and mouthfeel are nice and if I had to choose negatives, I would say that there is a slight undesirable flatness and the finish is way too brief, leaving a small void at the end. Overall, a flavorful beer, aged well and I look forward to having the opportunity to try the second batch. Hint, hint.
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