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Whiskey-barrel Beers

Bailey S. Barnard

Allagash Curieux

This well-balanced tripel-style golden ale exhibits a dense, foamy head that dissipates quickly. The nose offers delicate hints of wheatgrass and lavender and rich aromas of Belgian yeast. A smooth body of oak and bourbon accompanies flavors of coconut, vanilla, and grilled pineapple. (11% ABV; typically about $20 per 750 mL) www.allagash.com

Stone Quingenti Millilitre Highway Scotch Ale 2013 Series Batch No. 1

A blend of heavy, malty beers aged in a variety of Scotch-whisky barrels, this complex amber-colored brew offers a nose of peat, oak, and dark berries. Barley-wine-like flavors of sweet raisins give way to traces of caramel and smoke. (12.5% ABV; typically about $18 per 500 mL) www.stonebrewing.com

Deschutes Black Butte XXV

The nose of this rich porter displays malty characteristics, with hints of ripe plums, tart blackberries, and mocha. Dates and figs are among the fruits revealed on the palate. The beer also offers plenty of oak and bourbon flavors and a finish of chocolate-covered raisins. (11.3% ABV; $15 per 22 oz.) www.deschutesbrewery.com

Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin

This smooth, creamy oatmeal stout offers scents of vanilla and cream soda and hints of mocha. The cornucopia of flavors is extremely well balanced and includes notes of chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and espresso, along with traces of oak and toasted vanilla beans. (8.5% ABV; $17 per 22 oz.) www.firestonebeer.com

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