Double Oaked Mastodon (2021)
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A Note on This Beer
Thousands of years ago, huge, hairy beasts roamed North America, dwarfing the other creatures with their sheer size.
They’re known as mastodons, a close relative of mammoths. Experts believe they went extinct at the end of the Pleistocene period, but Rhinegeist Brewery just unveiled a modern-age mastodon in Ohio!
Their Double Oaked Mastodon is just as big and bodacious as those beasts that stomped through America’s ancient forests and plains! To bring the majestic leviathan to life, Rhinegeist began with their Belgian Strong Dark Ale, beloved for its chocolate malt complexity and banana smoothie-like esters.
Then, they gave it some serious muscle — the brewers first let the Ale slumber for 12 months in freshly emptied New Riff Bourbon barrels, imbuing it with prominent notes of caramel and woody spice. Then, they moved Mastodon into red wine barrels for another 4 months, where it soaked up hints of ripe plum and faint blackberry, along with a tannic dryness.
This limited-release behemoth is a sight to behold! It won Gold Medals at the US Open Beer Championships and the Commonwealth Cup, and fans today are still smitten by its vinous character and rich, Belgiany bones.
When our stash is gone, you won’t find this living fossil roaming around your state, we can guarantee that.
*Paste Magazine named Rhinegeist one of the Top 50 American Breweries of the past decade!
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