Earlier this autumn, WhistlePig announced the seventh installment in its annual ‘Boss Hog’ line: a limited-release Rye inspired by Magellan’s historic circumnavigation of the globe. Aged in three different types of casks and bottled at barrel strength, it made for a fitting homage to the spirit of discovery.
For the second year in a row, WhistlePig is partnering with Harpoon Brewery in order to bring about a beer fit for even the most discerning drinkers. Dubbed ‘The Bock Hog,’ it’s essentially a Harpoon Doppelbock conditioned in the very barrels that once housed WhistlePig’s The Boss Hog VII whiskey. On the palate, it features familiar flavors from the base bock — like toasted rye, toffee, rum raisin, and cacao — making it a pleasant cold weather beer loaded with warmth. However, courtesy of its time spent in Spanish Oak and South American Teakwood casks, the brew now sports an element of added complexity. On the finish, it includes notes of holiday spice, roasted nuts, vanilla, and char. And like its spirit sibling, The Bock Hog is no slouch when it comes to its alcohol content — at 9.0% ABV, it’s quite the stiff sipper. Head over to Harpoon’s website for purchasing information.