Temperance Beer Co. has released its tenth edition of Might Meets Right barrel-aged stouts. This year, the imperial stout was aged in Basil Hayden Toast Bourbon barrels and Russell’s Reserve Rye Barrels.
“We are always looking for unique barrels for Might Meets Right,” said Temperance founder Josh Gilbert, “because they bring out different characteristics of the stout before any adjuncts are added.” This year’s portfolio moves away from adjunct-heavy variants, “so we jumped at the chance to use these incredible barrels,” Gilbert explained.
“Chocolate and vanilla are two prominent flavors that develop as the stout ages in oak barrels,” pointed out Head Brewer Connor Scanlan. “Using vanilla for one variant and cacao for the other allows us to really showcase those flavors.”
All four variants were released to the public on Friday, November 3, 2023 on draft, in a variety four-pack that includes one of each variant, as well as two-packs of each variant, both in 12 oz cans.
The 2023 Might Meets Right Variants:
Basil Hayden Toast (13.7% alc/vol)
Aged in Basil Hayden Toast® Bourbon Barrels — The rich dark malts mellow and take on notes of dried fruit, caramelized sugar, and toasted oak.
Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Rye (13.3% alc/vol)
Aged in Russell’s Reserve® 6 Year Old Rye Barrels — The rich dark malts mellow and take on notes of allspice, pepper, and almond.
Chocolate (13.5% alc/vol)
Aged in Basil Hayden Toast Bourbon & Russell's Reserve 6 Year Old Rye Barrels — blended in both the bourbon and rye barrels and then let sit on cacao nibs to bring out the chocolate malt notes.
Vanilla (13.5% alc/vol)
Aged in Basil Hayden Toast Bourbon & Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Rye Barrels — blended both the bourbon and rye barrels and then let sit on vanilla beans to bring out vanillia notes from aging in oak whiskey barrels.