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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 38 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-06-2012

Strong Scotch Ale aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels that were previously used to aged Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout.
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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 174
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Tasting Room at Hoppin' Frog.

This one pours a clear burnt amber color, with basically no head or lacing.

This one smells like dark fruit, raisins, caramel, and oak, with some light bourbon and honey.

This is an interesting take on a BA scotch ale. It's classified as a scotch red ale, and has a pretty fruity base, with some caramel and toffee as well, and a pretty strong bourbon character, for being aged in 3rd use barrels.

This is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This was interesting but not one of the BA beers I've had.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Something of an old ale and thin barleywine. Fruits and sugars suggest dates and pineapple; vanilla and alcohol weave through... Medium-bodied but slick and slim-feeling. Leaves some resinous shellac behind, here conjuring impressions of a Scotch ale. Not hoppy enough to be a red ale despite the label. Not sure if this was a recent release or a left-over from last year.

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Photo of 303beer
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy red with a half inch of dense rocky head. Has a sweet smell and defined barrel notes in the nose. Super smooth is the immediate reaction. Then the barrel sweetness. Umm the barrel does overpower the red but that's not a problem because it tastes awesome.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love scotch ales and I love whiskey barrel beers, so this seemed like a natural home-run. I'm extremely disappointed. All I taste is booze booze booze. I've had 14%ers that tasted less boozy than this. Whatever the barrel did seems to have completely covered whatever beer was underneath. Will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served alongside Outta Kilter.

Nearly identical appearance to the base beer. The BA version is slightly darker. Bourbon character is mild in the aroma, emerging mid palate with a light tannic note. Well blended. Wet breads, fruit, malt, tannic notes, oak, cotton candy, barrel, bourbon. Medium body with a bit of stickiness on the palate. Tasty.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, ruby red coloring with a low profile, halo of off-white head. Aromas of honey, caramel, roasted toffee, thistle, and subtle earthy tones. Flavors are heavily roasted and richly sweet forward, with notes of caramel, apple, honey, and toffee, all on a bready backbone. Pretty balanced malt bomb, with some of the bourbon and woody highlights coming through as you drink. Robust and smooth bodied, with a boozy and richly sweet aftertaste. The finish has a slightly cloying linger of caramel, and a slowly building warmth. Good beer.

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Photo of n2185
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear ruby-brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Vanilla, burnt sugar, and caramel dominate with some licorice, bubblegum, and only a hint of bourbon.

T: Vanilla and burnt sugar here as well with oak, bourbon, licorice, and toffee coming through. The finish is sweet and bready with a light alcohol warmth.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet, but avoids being watery.

O An enjoyable beer, overall. The barrel doesn't come through very strongly, but everything there is nice. My main gripe is the price, which makes it not worth it.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not retired by any means...Pours into an impy nonic a dull burnt orange infused russet brown with a thin light beige head atop.Bourbon and toast along with big fruitiness in the nose,a touch of lactic-like sourness is in there as well.Fruit and vanilla flavors with underlying toasty barrel,a bit of an abrupt finish leaves just under outstanding.A nice cold weather brew,it warms ya.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split with my husband-Purchased at VE.

A- Body is a nearly transparent ruby red hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger soapy white head which eventually fades to a thin collar and leaves some lacing behind in the glass.

S- Lots of caramel,whiskey, molasses. Oak is very faint. The highlight of the nose is definitely a sticky sweetness.

T- Upfront is a lot of whiskey and caramel sweetness. There are hints of oak, vanilla, and spice in the background. The finish is pretty consistent with the initial flavor with added alcohol astringency. Left to linger is a mild alcohol astringency as well as sticky bourbon, caramel, and molasses sweetness.

M- Low to medium carbonation with moderate to heavy weight. Consistency is lightly sticky and lightly astringent.

O- Overall this is a good BA scottish ale. A bit more astringent and not quite the caliber of Wulver or Backwoods Bastard-but still very good. Its quite sweet and pretty boozy. I am surprised by the sweetness in this one.

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Photo of vic21234
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Not bottled on date, red cap.

A- Pours a clear copper/ red color with a small amount of off-white head.

S- Sweet caramel malts dominate the smell for me, some alcohol is noted on the aroma also, but mostly hidden by the malts.

T- Starts off slightly sweet with the caramel malts coming through. After the initial sip I begin to notice the whiskey barrel aging, with slight oak and whiskey notes.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, you notice the alcohol but not a very hot drinking beer.

This is a nice beer but I would have preferred more of the BA notes to shine through. The price point is a bit high too, as are most Hoppin Frog beers.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 13.69/bomber at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bomber at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt, caramel, and whiskey
Head small (2 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to nothing
Lacing – none
Body medium amber, slight chill haze
Flavor of whiskey, mostly bourbon and vanillin, slightly sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

A nice variation on the typical Scotch ale – the alcohol is well hidden and it’s not annoyingly sweet. The flavor is good, the palate pleasing. The only gripe I have is the absence of any head or lacing.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I had a wee heavy tasting a few months back and we skipped on this one because we had too many. Too bad we did as this one would of held up with the best of em.

22oz bottle into taster glass...

Cloudy red amber in color, ruby edges and semi transparent. nice set of bubbles that were constantly springing to the top. 1/4 inch antique white head that went away fairly quickly and left a small ring and thin skin atop. Overall not too happy with the look.

Smell was of whiskey barrels with a malt backing. A little wood and burnt caremel with some dark stoned fruit in the mix.

Whiskey foward with the base wee heavy ever so lightly showing its face. Not overpowering whiskey but very noticeable. Slight wood, a touch of vanilla, burnt sugar and caramel, bready malt.

Smooth as butter. By far the best aspect of this beer is the feel. Medium thick bit feels thin, a little heavy but not stout heavy. Light carbonation smooth whiskey finish.

A delight. I finished the 22 oz bottle myself. One of, if not the only wee heavy at sub 9% I could say that about. 12 oz is usually enjoyable but this was great the whole way thru.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a layer. It is a murky amber brown with no vision of anything.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, and a little booze.

Taste: Same as above. Malty deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, malty, boozy, silky, low carbonation, and full bodied.

Overall: Barrel aged scotch ale. Yes please. Very enjoyable, tasty, and delicious.

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Photo of beergoot
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The body appears a tawny orange with a relatively thin yet creamy head. Deep caramel sweetness in the aroma; fruity esters in the background; touch of citrus. Huge caramel sweetness jumps out immediately upon tasting and then alcohol heat makes itself known; notes of bourbon playfully sting the tongue and interplay with the hop bitterness. Heavy bodied; thick and chewy; big residual sweetness.

Hoppin' Frog kids you not about rich and malty with this beer. All in all, a rather interesting beer that just misses on being truly great. The bourbon and bitterness are slightly out of sync with the huge malt sweetness and kind of dominate the overall character. This is kind of like turning the Marshall amp stack up to 11 when nine or ten would have been more appropriate. Still, if you want malt and barrel-aging attributes, you'll get 'em both here. Worth a shot (bad pun intended)...

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours rust colored with orange highlights. It is topped with one inch of tan head.

S - The toffee and vanilla are more apparent in the barrel aged version along with oak and bourbon.

T - The barrel aging really accents the caramel and vanilla flavors and smooths it out.

M - Full

O - I really like barrel aged wee heavies. The oak and bourbon flavors and aromas compliment this beer's characteristics. It is smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured Barrel Aged Outta Kilter into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a murky dark amber with a thin layer of white head.

S - Apricots, peach, plums. Some acidic aroma in there as well. Uh-oh. On further investigation, I'm getting a little barrel qualities with vanilla and char.

T - A little different for a scotch. I like it it but, it tastes close to an Old Ale. Lots of fruity flavors. A bit hot on the palate, with vanilla and more char on the aftertaste.

M - Good, medium carbonation with medium mouthfeel.

O - Just doesn't measure up to other quality barrel aged scotch ales. Cheers

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I don't know if this bottle was compromised or if the method to produce this beer is just less than sound.

The liquid was of the proper rusty red hue, however, it was super cloudy. Foam did initially form with a strong pour, however, it quickly died out. From this appearance, I expected the beer to be infected, however, it didn't seem to be.

If I had to guess which kind of barrel this was aged in, I would guess that this was simply a Scotch-style ale with a bit of Irish Whiskey added to it. That's what it smelled like. That's what it tasted like. No bourbon flavor.

The mouthfeel was alright, but it also felt like the beer was breaking apart, if that makes sense.

Shared this bottle with a friend - really wasn't appealing at first - warming it up brought out the best of it but, in the end, it came across as a poor homebrew.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed ruddy crimson with a sliver of tan head. Minimal head retention & lacing, cleared up nicely

S: Smokeyness, peat, toffee & boozeyness

T: Peat, a touch of whisky, toffee, & a bit of honey, plus oaky dryness up front. Peatyness, dryness & toffee notes, plus honey & oak. Finishes dry, with toffee sweetness, boozeyness, & peatyness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, some stickiness & some dryness & warming

Better than the plane Jane version, but still no Backwoods Bastard. I would buy this again, if this was on the shelves here ( it isn't). Give this a year or so & I bet its great

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Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark ruby with a small off-white head that fades quickly and leaves decent retention and not much lacing. There's also some sediment floating around. The aromas are full of cherries, sweet caramel malts, whiskey, vanilla and toffee. The flavors are rich and syrupy. Tons of cherries. Lots of caramel. The malts shine. Subtle hints of toffee and cocoa. Some butterscotch in the mix. Dark fruits are there. The whiskey barrels really come through, but are far from overwhelming. There's a great balance. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's extremely easy to drink. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's creamy, but slick. This is a fun beer and it's dangerously drinkable.

Very good beer. I'm pretty sure there's at least a year on this bottle. The aging hasn't hurt this beer at all. Recommended.

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Photo of corby112
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very cloudy and very dark ruby red color with blood orange edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

There's a prominent whiskey barrel presence in the aroma with subtle vanilla bean and a strong spicy rye character that overpowers the notes of the base beer. The barrel notes are really nice but that's all I can pick up until this beer warms up considerably.

On the lighter end of medium body with a spicy whiskey barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer. The aroma is one dimensional but the flavor profile is a bit more complex. There is a lot of interesting barrel flavor with dry oak/charred wood, silky vanilla bean and toasted coconut along with spicy rye and boozy sweetness. Lots of alcohol/spirit flavor but there's little to no heat. The high ABV is nicely masked with a sweet malt backbone balancing out the rougher edges. Hints of caramel and toffee with faint hops and subtle dark fruit notes toward the finish. Not the most interesting barrel aged beer out there but there's decent complexity and it's surprisingly easy to drink. I enjoyed drinking this beer but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a thistle glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like toasted malt, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and raisins. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some apple and toffee flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and slick with low/moderate carbonation. I like this better than the regular Outta Kilter, it's worth a try if you come across it. $12.99 a bottle.

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Photo of weonfire
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Reddish Brown, light pencil thin cream color head - dissipates quickly leaving a small amount around the rim, zero lacing, nice amount of carbonation rising

S - Whiskey - almost smells of jameson, carmel, oak, vanilla

T - Whiskey, carmel, oak, touch of vanilla. finish is whisky and low hops

M - low/med body, low frothiness, whisky taste lingers

O - Carbonation is very impressive. resembles a light sauna jet bubbling out of the beer. Beer is overwhelmed with whiskey. Hollow taste - oak is pleasant but mouth is waterey with again, a booze finish. Hoppin Frog has some nice beers - but this i would throw in the average pile.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; bottled in 8/2012. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a small cream colored head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, cherry, apple, fig, caramel, toast, brown sugar, oak, toffee, clove, bourbon, vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, fruitiness, and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, oak, clove, bourbon, vanilla, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt and fruity flavors; with a very well balanced barrel presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slight and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barrel aged scotch ale! All around nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The beer pours out a dark, dingy, semi-hazy reddish-brown like the color of iced tea. Like a lot of barrel-aged beers, it has very little head clinging to the surface. The nose has some notes of toffee, whiskey, and toasted oak.

The beer is full-bodied and the flavor is sweet and a little boozy. Hints of caramel, honey, rum, and cooked fruit seem to dominate. In the back of the mouth, things warm up without getting too boozy. I don't get much of the vanilla I was expecting, but I do detect the whiskey notes promised by the nose. The beer feels a bit thin in the mouth.

Overall, an interesting beer. It's comparable to Founders Backwoods Bastard, though its flavor is quite different. More cooked fruit and less vanilla-oaky sweetness. I strongly prefer the Founders beer, but this one is not bad at all.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown color with an auburn tinge; the modest head quickly fades to a ringlet though it does leave plenty of dots and dashes of lace behind

Smell: Caramel, cinnamon and dried apricots, with only the vaguest hint of the whiskey barrel

Taste: Caramel and cinnamon, up front, with the apricot and strawberry flavors (both fruity and slightly tart) developing in the middle; in the finish, there is a hint of whiskey along with some vanilla, but the effect is suprisingly subtle

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy, with low carbonation

Overall: Having not been much of a fan of the regular version of this ale, I found the subtle treatment of the whiskey barrel really added quite a lot of positives to this version; I had once again forgotten that this is not a classic Wee Heavy, but a "Scotch Style Red Ale" and, as a result, was wondering why it tasted the way it did; still, I quite enjoyed this beer

Thanks, Prost76, for the opportunity

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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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