We’re stoked to announce our first nationally-released collab with our friends at Cigar City Brewing – Bamburana Double Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.
Bamburana (12.2% ABV) is the co-creation of two giant craft beer personalities – our own Head of Brewing Operations, Tim Matthews, and Cigar City Brewing’s Brewmaster Wayne Wambles. They set out to elevate the flavors of double barrel-aged imperial stout with Amburana wood by aging the beer once more in a tank with Amburana spirals. Amburana wood is an indigenous South American wood that lends unique warm and savory flavors and aroma. Why spirals? They offer greater surface area than chips or cubes, so beer is quickly infused with woody goodness.
“We were excited to see the results of infusing Amburana wood into a big, barrel-aged imperial stout,” said Wambles. “We were pleasantly surprised with the vanilla and gingerbread spice nuances this South American wood contributed into the finished beer and look forward to putting this delicious beer in front of folks!”
“We’re both known for barrel-aging big, malty, dark beers,” added Matthews. “The culinary goal of this project was to match the flavors of a rich candy cookie with fig filling and gingerbread spice. We spent a bunch of time selecting the right figs and dates to hit exactly the right flavor notes, lend a slight stickiness and cut into the rowdiness of the Amburana wood.”
Bamburana unfolds on the palate with forward-facing roasted malt flavors that branch out against a dark fruit backdrop of figs and dates. Then, brandy and whiskey accents make themselves known with complex boozy-and-sweet flavors, complementing the warmth and spice of Amburana wood.
Bamburana is currently available in our Longmont, CO, Boulder, CO, and Brevard, NC, taprooms and will soon be available nationwide in 4-packs of 12oz cans.