Timber Ales’ first release is dropping in NYC this week and you won’t want to miss it. Maris Goes to Oceanside, brewed at Twelve Percent Beer Project, in North Haven, Connecticut, is a decadent barleywine. It was brewed in collaboration with Horus Aged Ales, from California, and Mindful Ales, from New Jersey.
For this version of Maris (read my last post about the first batch), the beer was aged on Momentum coffee from California’s Marea Coffee. “Momentum, a limited dark roast blend that utilizes beans from Mexico and Indonesia to create a full body with notes of chocolate and toffee, that we feel will interact in harmony with the intentions of Maris,” says Jason Stein, Timber Ales’ headbrewer.
I have to agree that it was a perfect marriage. The barleywine has big toffee and dark chocolate notes which are really enhanced by the coffee. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. There is some sweetness that helps to enhance the overall flavors without being overbearing. It’s also a really easy drinking beer for being so decadent, with an 11 percent ABV.
Maris’ next trip is into some cognac and bourbon barrels. I can’t wait to give those a try, because the original version was one of the best barrel-aged barleywines I’ve ever had. Keep an eye out for that one and for more beers from Timber Ales (like an IPA, called Star Searching), coming very soon.