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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Barrel Aged Outta KilterBarrel Aged Outta Kilter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%


Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Strong Scotch Ale aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels that were previously used to aged Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-06-2012)
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buschbeer

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 04:21:38 | More by buschbeer
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fitrock2112

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 01:11:07 | More by fitrock2112
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:06:21 | More by Bouleboubier
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:30:07 | More by russpowell
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BB1313

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 19:28:28 | More by BB1313
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 10:04:06 | More by corby112
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 22:31:53 | More by bluejacket74
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weonfire

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:48:15 | More by weonfire
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:33:39 | More by superspak
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:46:09 | More by deadonhisfeet
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 00:02:04 | More by brentk56
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Vierenner

Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer ... will definitely need to find more.

Not much of a head. Color is copper/amber and a little cloudy. Not sure what to make of the smell ... bananas perhaps, maybe yeast ... really not that pleasant.

Taste is wonderful, but I think you need to like sweet beers to truly enjoy it. There is a slight bite/edge, but it doesn't seem to come from hops ... maybe sour fruit ... it's a nice counter to the sweetness beneath. Overall I get a generic fruit flavor with a hint of vanilla.

Congrats Hoppin' Frog ... Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 22:25:16 | More by Vierenner
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sour and sweet, thanks Johnsense. Honeyish. Dark brown coloured body. Barreling was good. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 15:11:55 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a liquid caramel golden brown. A quite thin head of khaki tan almost immediately dissolves, leaving just a tiny island of tight bubbles produced by rising carbonation and a thin ring around the outside surface edge. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is quite opaque and cloudy. Apricot orange/brown.

S - Rich dried fruits like apricots and figs mixed with notes of bourbon and dark rum - there's a touch of light molasses. Spices along the lines of cracked white pepper pop up and then disappear, likely the product of the oak barrel aging. Rich caramels mixed with hints of butterscotch. A bit of yeasty breadiness across the background. The only suggestion of hops is that the sugars don't overwhelm the noise, but snap off. My only complaint is that it's too subdued - it thins out as it warms without the bourbon punch pushing thru.

T - Nicely toasted malts mixed together with luscious caramels envelope rich dried fruits, and are then topped with a dollop of warm, smooth bourbon and just a touch of vanilla. It's as much a dessert creation as it is a beverage, as it delivers all these flavors completely integrated in each mouthful. What booze is there is present to enhance the flavors, not deliver an alcohol punch, similar to Bananas Foster. Someone needs to figure out how to deliver this flavor profile in a warm puff pastry and serve it beside a scoop of French vanilla ice cream. A rating of 5 isn't enough.

M - Somewhat fizzy, much more so than the absence of a head on the pour would suggest. Rich, but medium structure, and well-integrated components in the body. Smooth on the swallow, with a bit of a lingering finish of caramel and light brown sugars, but not cloying.

O - Houston, we have a problem: I paid $13 for this bottle, and I want it on tap in my personal bar. What a treat. A phenomenal beer, where the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Quality ingredients are brought together exceptionally well to produce a collage of Scotch-style flavors that enhance each other and make each sip the launching pad for the next. I haven't been this impressed with the overall integration of delicious quality for the style since the Ayinger Kirta-Halbe two Oktoberfest seasons ago. If you enjoy this style, and want a rich, luscious expression of it, do yourself an immense favor and experience this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:11:17 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to radio2525. It was allowed to warm before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Barrel Aged Outta Killa pours a very murky mahogany. Two fingers or so of cream colored foam crowns the beer. Head retention and lacing are both alright, but neither manages to really make an impression. The nose has a buttery caramel component to it, as well as an aroma of marshmallows (a characteristic I rarely get from barrel aged beers, but am always glad to find when I do) and just a little bit of bourbon. The flavor profile expands from there to include some spicy oak and a hint of vanilla. At the same time, the almost diacetyl like toffee sweetness is a little bit more intense than in the nose, almost overbearing. The body is surprsingly not syrupy (though still full bodied) given how malt driven the beer is. That's due, at least in part to a perfectly light carbonation level. I really enjoyed the subtle barrel character Hoppin Frog got with BA Outta Killa. It's a nice barrel aged Scottish ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 05:52:21 | More by axeman9182
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark hazy brown in color with burgundy highlights and a very thin head that almost left no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of booze upfront in the aroma I'm assuming is from the barrel with lots of caramel, some vanilla,a bit of oakiness and hints of dark fruits.

T: like the aroma it had lots of scotch booze flavor from the barrel aging process alongside sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla accents, good oaky character, a touch of dark fruitiness and a little brown sugar.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, barrel boozy, mild dark fruits, oaky and velvety finish.

O: I thought it was a good beer but was a little too boozy for my liking. Might mellow out with a little time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:14:48 | More by Gobzilla
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Bung

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Picked this up while passing through Columbus. A becalmed rust colored pour. Just a few bubbles upon close inspection.

Aroma, Caramel, vanilla, some peaty oak. Maybe a little subdued.

Taste, malty herbal tea from the red is quickly overridden by vanilla and heavy caramel. Some oaky tannins. There is a little base red peaks through in the finish.
Fairly barrel forward, for me it really delivered.

There is more carbonation than what appeared. Almost creamy. A little warming, but not overly. Drinks pretty well. Would get again if it was cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 03:45:40 | More by Bung
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky red with a small khaki head. Wisps on the surface. Didn't let it sit not enough to make any judgement on retention.

Smell - Whiskey is apparent. Barrel provides some vanilla character. There's a sharp fruitiness to the aroma that I can't place. The scotch ale behind is kinda lost, but I get some of that buttery aroma.

Taste - The barrel is very strong. Lots of whiskey and vanilla laced in with the brown sugar flavors of the beer. The beer dies down into a woody aftertaste. Alcohol bite in the back.

Mouthfeel - Maybe a little too light for a barrel. The whiskey dominates and gives it a lot of heat. Medium carbonation and a nice creamy feel, though.

Overall - It's not great, but it's got some good characteristics. Hoppin' Frog's barrel stuff is usually nice. This isn't really an exception to that, but it just doesn't completely deliver.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:35:46 | More by Alieniloquium
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Torgo for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting, as well as his house & his divine stable of cheese. Reviewed from notes taken early enough in the evening to make perfect sense. 22 oz. bottle.

Dark red just like the original version, though not as peppy. Nose is nice caramel, but now with a dose of vanilla mixed in.

Barrel Aged Outta Kilter doesn't quite have the base-beer strength to pull of barrel-aging. Lovely strong vanilla kicks the gate down, almost drowning out the caramel, but still plenty of sloppy sweet malts. The subtleties of the base beer are gone. Still creamy smooth, but a bit slow on the carbonation side, & a touch thin.

Pretty good beer, but not an ideal base for barrel aging in my humble opinion. Still, I'd never turn one down at your corner dry cleaner, either.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:25:52 | More by maximum12
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy reddish brown with no head. Aroma of straight whiskey and just a few hints of fruits. Wow. Expecting a shot of jameson, but it really just accents the bold red ale flavors. Some cherry notes going on here with maybe a little oaky smoke and some Belgian fruit strangely enough (quad?). A bit chewey on the mouthfeel. Very nice overall. A sipper, but very drinkable. A real fall Friday night beer. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 19:40:58 | More by BMMillsy
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aasher

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a full bodied dark molasses brown in color with only slight carbonation and no head. The nose is rich and malty with less whiskey than I anticipated. It's nice, just not as bold as it could be. The flavors are nice. It's big and rich with plenty of typical wee heavy malt with a modest amount of oak and whiskey, but it is there. If anything, I would prefer more whiskey but it does increase as it warms. It drinks full in body with a moderate amount of alcohol left behind in the aftertaste. Overall this was a decent BA Scotch ale but would've been easier to swallow if it weren't overpriced, like ALL of Hoppin Frogs BA beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:23:39 | More by aasher
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, wood, and whisky. Taste is much the same with a slight hop presence and a woody finish on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 03:27:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with some reddish hues when held up to the light. There's about one finger's worth of khaki colored head that eventually settled to a thin and spotty layer. Some "ok" lacing, but nothing crazy.

Aroma: This is where this beer really shines...toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and subtle dark fruits.

Taste: Not as in-your-face as the nose would suggest. It's actually rather well balanced between the whiskey, toffee, and sweetness. There's a touch of dark fruit towards the middle as well. Very smooth and well rounded malty finish with zero alcohol heat/burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for the style with a nice low lying carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: A really easy drinking barrel aged beer. If you have a buddy who has yet to have anything aged in bourbon barrels, this would be a good gateway beer. Reminds me a bit of Weyerbacher's barrel aged beers. I was expecting a bigger beer, but this is still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 21:42:22 | More by Morey
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange amber color. Not quite one finger of fizzy tan head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Whiskey and its booziness from start to finish. Earth and mineral, leather, pie crust, slight tobacco, and plum fruitiness. Caramel and graininess from the base beer, but as far as I'm concerned, the beer can't keep up with the barrel. It's not bad, but I prefer the barrel to be complementary and not the main focus.

3.0 T: Like the nose, this is all about the whiskey. Flavors mentioned above fit the bill for this section as well. The nose is mild to moderately boozy, but the alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Lots of whiskey flavors with caramel, toffee, and graininess from the base. Very faint smokiness that could come from either the beer or the whiskey.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Carbonation is on the lower side, but is okay. Too light and not creamy enough. Smooth though.

2.5 D: HF usually kills it, but this isn't very impressive. This would be a good whiskey man's beer, but it sure isn't a good beer man's beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 23:15:50 | More by DavoleBomb
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prototypic

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel Aged Outta Kilter pours a darker copper color. Looks like caramel. It’s very hazy. Backlighting gives it a bit of a crimson look. There aren’t many bubbles. A few gather on the surface and look to be tan in color. Doesn’t make for much of a head. They disappear quickly, leaving a very light lacing on the glass.

The nose isn’t very complicated, but it smells good! It definitely features a strong caramel malt base. Smells very sweet. Maybe a little too sweet? Whiskey certainly is noted. It has a moderately strong presence and complements the malt base really well. Smells tasty. At the secondary level, there’s a little oak, vanilla, and perhaps some golden fruit. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overly strong. Doesn’t seem too intimidating.

The flavor is likewise impressive. This is good stuff. The malt base features a really nice, prominent caramel flavor. Very sturdy base. Whiskey follows. It has a moderate presence, but adds a lot of flavor and character to the mix. Blends extremely well with the caramel malt base. Barrel aging also imparted nice flavors of vanilla and oak. It tastes like there are some apple and pear notes, as well. For the most part, it is rather straight forward. It’s definitely tasty beer though. No doubt about it. Alcohol is there, but isn’t too strong. It’s not warming or hot really. Finishes with a mix of sweet caramel and whiskey flavors.

The body is medium. Carbonation is definitely light and soft. It feels nice and smooth. Good feel. For its size, it’s relatively easy drinking. This bomber is going down quickly.

Barrel Aged Outta Kilter is very good beer. Hoppin’ Frog does a really nice job with all of their barrel aged beers. They always impress. This is no exception. If you run across a bottle, pick it up. You’ll be glad you did.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 03:08:49 | More by prototypic
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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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