Wood-Aged Beer

BJCP 2021:


Wood-Aged Beer is not a distinct style per se, but rather a process or treatment applied to different beer styles where the beverage is aged in wooden barrels or with wood chips to impart unique flavors and characteristics from the wood. The history of aging beer in wood dates back centuries when wooden barrels were the primary vessels for storing and transporting beer. While modern brewing mostly uses stainless steel, the tradition persists among craft brewers seeking to add complexity to their beers.

The appearance of Wood-Aged Beers can vary widely depending on the base style. However, these beers often take on subtle hues from the wood, ranging from a deepened amber color to darker brown shades if darker woods or previous barrel contents (such as whiskey or wine) influence the coloration. They may also be slightly hazy if certain compounds from the wood remain in suspension.

Flavor and aroma profiles are where Wood-Aged Beers genuinely showcase their distinction. These beers can pick up vanilla, caramel, and toffee notes if new oak barrels are used; whereas barrels that have previously held spirits like bourbon might impart traces of those beverages, such as whisky characteristics along with additional aspects like oakiness, coconut, chocolate or even smokiness. Hints of oxidation can be perceived favorably when they manifest as sherry-like or almond-like nuances depending on aging conditions. The original character of the beer remains important – hop bitterness and flavor can still be prominent in hop-forward styles while malt should shine through in malt-accented styles.



In Database
4.1 < 7.8 < 15.7 %


In Database
4 < 38 < 104 IBU


In Database
6 < 47 < 157 EBC
3 < 24 < 80 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
10.5 < 19.0 < 34.9 °P
1.042 < 1.079 < 1.156 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.5 < 4.9 < 9.2 °P
1.006 < 1.019 < 1.037 FG

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