Welcome one and all for another brew review. The beer itself is called MacFanny Baw by Against the Grain Brewery. What made it standout for me was the amazing label. It features a Scotsman riding a barrel down a river past the brewery. It really brought a smile to my face so I knew I had to buy it. Once home to Ottawa, I was happy to find out that it was a barrel aged smoked beer. So let us get into the details.
Name: MacFanny Baw
Style: Barrel aged Rauchbier
Brewery: Against the Grain
Country: Kentucky USA
Price: $21 CAD 22oz bottle
"Literally, Son of Vagina Testicle, why? It's kinda funny.
Truly a groundbreaking beer, this Barrel aged Rauchbier was an attempt to replicate the flavors present in Islay Scotch Whiskey. We used Munich malt as a base and added copious amounts of Beechwood and Peat smoked malt, which provides the intense smoky and earthy peat flavors found in Scotch. Then the addition of Alderwood smoked salt lends a crisp brininess that is reminiscent of the sea air in the Islay region of Scotland. Aged in used Angel's Envy Bourbon Barrels to give an intense caramel, vanilla and whiskey flavor."
Sight: Pours a nice amber colour with a solid head of yellowish tinted foam.
Aroma: Toasty malts jump out first with caramel and peat closely following, a seriously great aroma.
Taste: Quite a sweet beer, with toffee and caramel flavours leading the charge, soon the smoke come into play leaving a dry bitter finish to the beer.
Would I buy it again? Yes. Overall a pleasant beer. This is not a every night type of beer mind as it would ruin your taste buds, but it is a great example of the style and would not disappoint. I highly recommend it as a sharing beer as I would struggle to finish it on my own.
From the packaging to the actual drink itself this beer left a smile on my face.
So is it a beer you've had before? How can I get more of this brewery in the Ottawa region any advice would be warmly welcomed. As always drop me a comment. Cheers!
Full image of the cool label.