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Barrel Aged 12 Dogs Of Christmas - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 6.87%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vrbulldog22 on 12-28-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

ygtbsm94, Jun 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

superspak, Mar 31, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1.5L magnum into a tulip. # 757/999

pours a dark red with a big foamy white head. very yeasty. smell is of cinnamon, slight bourbon, spices. taste is much smoother than the regular...ABV undetectable. lots of spices and the barrels have really improved this. though they aren't very prominent, the barrels are there and have done wonders. however this is still a heavily spiced beer. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall very glad to have tried this. thanks Tim!

Axnjxn, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger who shared this one at a tasting in celebration of me walking again and going back to work! Bottle #41 of 999! Served from 1.5 L bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cinnamon, peppermint, brown sugar, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, cinnamon, peppermint, brown sugar, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The barrel really added a nice touch to this brew. It was very heavy on the Christmas spices in this one, but the barrel helped to balance them out. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

thagr81us, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

KevinGordon, Dec 29, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to csmiley for sharing this one.

Bottle 461/999

Barrel Aged 12 Dogs of Christmas pours a deep caramel, copperish color. Backlighting shows some nice crimson highlights. It’s topped with a lighter tan head that rises to just under a finger in height. It’s very quick to recede and leaves a light, spotty lacing behind.

The nose is pretty impressive. It starts out with a strong, sweet caramel scent. It’s buttressed by a nice bourbon presence. It complements the caramel scent nicely. The bourbon seems moderately strong and isn’t overbearing at all. There are some nice holiday spice notes of ginger and cinnamon. They seem to be a little less pronounced with bourbon in the house. Vanilla emerges late. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t smell overly strong. Impressive.

The flavor is quite good, but isn’t quite as good as the nose. A mix of sweet caramel and bourbon kick things off. The malt base is definitely on the sweeter side. Bourbon works nicely though. It isn’t overly strong and plays its complementary role well. The barrel aging also imparted a nice vanilla flavor. Holiday spices of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are noted. They’re definitely more subtle here than in the regular release. They work really well with the bourbon flavor. Everything works together to create an impressive flavor. Alcohol is noted, but isn’t warm or hot. I don’t know what the abv is, but it doesn’t seem all that high. Finishes malty and spicy with a touch of bourbon.

The body is medium. Carbonation is mid-range, but the bubbles feel soft. It goes down nice and smooth. It’s big, but it really is easy drinking. There are three of us working on this 1.5 liter bottle, but we’ll finish it off.

Barrel Aged 12 Dogs of Christmas is impressive beer. The barrel aging really works well with the base beer. It’s easily superior to the regular 12 Dogs release. Having said that, it’s not worth the price tag if you’re drinking this solo. With a group, it’s not as much of an issue. Going forward, I’m hopeful that Thirsty Dog will package this a little differently. I love the bottle, but six packs would’ve been much better.

prototypic, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ThePorterSorter, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

MikeCactusGordon, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

dogfishandi, Jul 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

djtomain, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

thebouch01, Dec 18, 2012
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sliverX, Jul 29, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hand numbered bottle #421 of 999.

Stubborn cork; chipped the glass on the bottle while trying to open it. Pours hazy brown/ruby. Very small tan head, quickly turns into a small ring. Lacing is very minimal.
Smells sweet. Malt upfront, caramel, oak, dark fruit, honey, hints of brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon. I sat & just smelled this for a couple of minutes before sipping.
Taste is sweet but not overwhelmingly so. Oak upfront that fades to malty & dark fruit goodness, finishes with the spice content associated with the non-barrel aged 12 Dogs.
Feels warm even though served cold. Sweet but not too sticky. Medium body, slightly syrupy, very smooth & nice carbonation.

vrbulldog22, Dec 28, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

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Barrel Aged 12 Dogs Of Christmas from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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