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A Review of Oskar Blues BA20 Volume 1: All Monde


You’d think that with the warm Spring and Summer months upon us, breweries would be flooding our inbox with tales of lighter, brighter beer styles such as Gose, Pilsner, Session IPA, Kolsch, Farmhouse Ale, and other thirst quenching options. While that may be the case for most breweries, the fine folks at Oskar Blues have gone deeper, heavier, and much much darker with the first release from their 2020 Barrel Aged Series. They’ve given this series an acronym: BA20. Given all of our skullduggery thanks to this COVID19 lockdown business, we like anything that sounds like it came out of an Ian Fleming or John LeCarre novel.

Volume 1 of the Oskar Blues BA20 series is called All Monde. Here’s what Oskar Blues has to say about this high octane (it clocks in at a HEFTY 12.5% ABV!) barrel aged brew:

After experimenting for years with small-batch barrel aged beers and the nationally-distributed Bourbon Barrel Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues brewers were stoked to receive a new tool in their brew kit – the Spinbot 5000. The brewers jam Spinbot full of premium ingredients, then circulate beer through it for hours or days at a time for maximum flavor transfer.

To make All Monde, BA20 Volume 1, the shiny new Spinbot is packed with toasted almonds and Madagascar vanilla beans. A big time imperial stout racked in bourbon barrels for nine oaky months is swirled through until the nutty and sweet flavors are maximized to their full potential. The result is a barrel aged imperial stout with the toasty almond and vanilla flavor dials turned to eleven.

For this new series, Oskar Blues diverges from their classic can designs, calling on trippy illustrations in earthy tones, accented by gold lids. Melty, psychedelic figures groove together around a jumble of vanilla flowers and almonds – a hint at the beer’s all-star ingredients.

First they hit us with the fun acronyms, then they tell us about the Spinbot 5000! Sounds to us like they’re having a very good time coming up with new beer concoctions in Logmont, Colorado. To find out what we thought of All Monde, click the play button on the following video:

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Many thanks to Oskar Blues for sending us these very generous samples!

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