Dark Horse Whiskey Richard Lambeak - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +20.7%
Poured from 750ml bottle. Thanks go out to semibaked for hooking me up with this bottle!
A- Poured a hazed golden yellow/orange color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Nice web style lacing left on the glass.
S- This has an interesting aroma to me. Upon first sniff I got a ton of watered down whiskey aroma with some light funk and barrel notes. Letting this sit for a second I came back to this. The watery whiskey still came out first but right behind this there was a musty oak note. Light funk comes after this that gives way to a caramel malt base and green apple notes. Citrus sourness on the ending with a light latic acidic ending. I think this smells wonderful while I think betsona and gratefulbeerhead weren't sure of it at first.
T- The front starts off with some caramel malts with lightly watered down whiskey. The barrel notes come out more in the middle here with light vanilla and actual straight oak wood note. This is counterbalanced by a light lingering sourness that is never gets over the top. The ending of the beer starts with the caramel malts blending with a light green apple note. Toward the back there is a nice white grape and lemon citrus flavor. The sourness starts to become its own in the ending but never gets to pucker status. There is a light whiskey undertone in the ending as well that helps move the sourness along. Alcohol is never an issue as it seems pretty clean to me.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer (although light for the style) I thought without being too light. Whiskey and soured lemon rinds are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light whiskey, soured lemon notes, and hints of what seems like green apple. Flavors I thought were broken into two sections (whiskey and lemon sourness) but blended overall very well. No off flavors were detected while I was drinking this one. Light alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.
O- Overall this beer drank like a whiskey sour almost perfect which is what I thought it was going to be. Dark Horse has made some very good beers in the past and I think this one really belongs with those as well. The ABV never really showed while I was drinking which wasn't a bad thing. I would love to see them try their hand on more of these things as from this offering it shows they can do it.
07-03-2011 02:25:45 | More by alleykatking
4.25/5 rDev +15.8%
Many thanks go out to alleykatking for opening this one for gratefulbeerhead and me. Awesome bottle Josh! Poured into a 3oz tasting glass. Was lucky enough to have three pours.
A- It pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thin level of white head that dissipated into fuzzy bubbles. Two thin wisps of ring lacing formed on the glass.
S- This had a cacophony of smells that took three separate pours to truly appreciate. The first major note was a watered down whiskey smell. Some crazy caramel sweetness tones took over with a plentitude of candied apricot and ever so slight green apple. There was a tad of industrial chemical smell, but it was only noticeable towards the end of each glass.
T- Starts of just as the nose did. I got some watered whiskey flavor that was complimented mid-drink by a thin bready flavor and a sour caramel apple. There were ever so delicate hints of vanilla and oak at the back-end. All these flavors combine into a very tasty drinkable not so sour beer.
M- Medium body with minimal carbonation that actually helps tone down some of the flavors that would distract from the overall taste. Absolutely no alcohol burn or drying alcohol on the palate.
O- Not sure what my buddies thought, but this was the standout of the evening for me. It is the type of sour that doesn't pucker the cheeks nor is it all that sour. The whiskey is just the right touch and makes this beer quite tasty. The nose and appearance didn't match up to the rest of the beer.
07-01-2011 17:58:42 | More by betsona
4.15/5 rDev +13.1%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a medium copper color with a very thin off-white head and a spot or two of lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose brings a prominent whiskey character forward, and this then eventually gives way to a light citrus sourness. This is a better example of a whiskey sour than the beer from Short's by that name was. Mili cherry and some oak as well. The flavor isn't quite as reminiscent of an 18-year-old's favorite mixed drink, but it's still pretty enjoyable. Finish has a bit of whiskey burn from a sourness that goes well with it. Original and interesting; highly enjoyable. Perhaps more so than the bottled version seems to be.
05-16-2011 22:04:36 | More by Thorpe429
3.93/5 rDev +7.1%
Bottle courtesy of Derek. Thanks!
A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a rather small amount of white foam which quickly fades to a few bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Smells quite nice. Tart fruits, specifically lemon and peach, perhaps some white grape. Lots of vanilla and whiskey, and a pronounced charred oak aroma. Lightly lactic and acidic with a definite caramel malt character.
T: Starts out sweet and malty with a substantial whiskey flavor. As the beer warms up, it really improves. A solid lemon tartness along with some white grapes and peach. Charred oak and vanilla from the barrel work nicely with the rest of the flavors.
M: Medium in body with a rather low carbonation. The minimal carbonation doesn't really take away too much.
O: At the first sip, I thought this had too much whiskey, but it really was a good beer and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
04-27-2011 18:24:01 | More by womencantsail
3.28/5 rDev -10.6%
Thanks to Scott for contributing this beer on Saturday. Served in a tasting snifter.
A - Pours with a thin film of bubbles that settles to a thin ring. Hazed orange-brown color.
S - Sharp oak, sour acetic notes, tart apples, vanilla, light booze and whiskey, and a faint hint of plastic.
T - Pretty oak heavy, and not as sour as the nose. There's still a good amount of malt character. Finishes with sour barrel and tannic characteristics.
M - Almost no carbonation. Slightly gritty medium body that finishes dry. Not much heat on this one thankfully.
D - This was pretty mediocre compared to the other amazing beers that we had at the tasting. It's a decent first attempt for Dark Horse, and some fruit and carbonation might make it better.
10-11-2010 18:31:28 | More by MasterSki
3.2/5 rDev -12.8%
2012 vintage, Bottle #28 of 395, Batch #3205-7. 750 ml C+C bottle into a tulip. The cork was a huge struggle to get out. I had to use vice grips and a corkscrew, it still took ten minutes...
A - Pours a slightly hazy dark golden body, its quite pretty actually. No head to speak of, just some small bubbles around the edge and thin lacing.
S - Huge bourbon presence. Vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, and charred oak. A bit of sour cherries on the finish. Smell is pretty amazing if your a fan of whiskey and Flemish browns/reds.
T - Starts off with some light cherries, vanilla, and oak. Very thin tasting.The taste is decent until a huge wave of vinegar and acid washes over. A quick and unpleasant taste of paint thinner and then a finish of oak and booze. Its not bad per se, its just not great. The biggest issue is the insane level of acidity that accompanies the light flavors.
M - No surprise here, its dead flat. Not a huge issue for me (I enjoy unblended lambics and flat stouts...) but to some this may be an issue. A bit of spritz would help out immensely but the beer does work as a flat one IMO. Heartburn is the biggest issue here.
O - Not as bad I as was expecting. I'd even go so far as to say I like it despite its short comings. Its flat, super acidic, and lacking in complexity. However the aroma is a like a light bodied barrel aged oud bruin and the little flavor it has before being interrupted by volcanic vinegar is kind of nice. Decent for sure.
12-31-2012 04:24:01 | More by davey101
Dark Horse Whiskey Richard Lambeak from Dark Horse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.