It’s an unfair comparison – but if your gonna try a few Irish Beer/Whiskey collaborations – these 2 occupy the extremes of the growing genre.
8° Brewing Blowhard Imperial Stout at an eye watering 12% just wipes the 4% O’Hara’s Irish Wit off the counter.
Neither are bad beers – it’s just down to preference – but if I’m going to do a whiskey influenced beer – I tend to go for something I can get my teeth into – and Blowhard certainly provides that.
Aged in Jameson barrels, Blowhard is rich, dark & heavy.
Solid notes of malt, caramel & burnt molasses assault the palate & demand attention. The whiskey element adds to the complex mix of flavours with a decadent flair that makes you sit back, sip & enjoy.
Using Tullamore DEW yeast, Irish Wit is subtle, easy & light.
Appreciable malt on the nose merely hints at the whiskey connection. The body is thin – but would make an enjoyable session beer. It’s one to enjoy with friends.
The contrasting approaches to the style are entertaining to explore.
Which one would you go for?