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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 17
Gots: 34 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of weonfire
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of McNealc31
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The whiskey barrel aging is evident before the first sip with a delightful aroma. Whiskey, vanilla, smoked peat blend extremely well. Some heat from the 8.2% ABV, but I don’t think as much as the original version. Just as it should be with Scotch ales, there is little to no presence from the hops. A twinge of bitterness at the end is all that is noticeable. Incredibly smooth and really coats the mouth with a delicious layer of whiskey goodness.

The barrel aging definitely adds flavor and texture, even if it does subdue some of the complexity of the non-barrel aged version. But if you like whiskey and Scotch ales in general, get it if you can!

Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of Glebulon
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The taste is not even close to other barrel aged beers.

Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Photo of aasher
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | 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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Morey
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of cfrances33
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed on 8/18/12, served in a Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Pour: Completely hazy amber brown with a finger and a half finger tan head.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla to the max. A really nice waft of raisins and figs come through, too, especially as the glass warmed. Caramel ends.

Taste: An epitome of the nose, with beautiful bourbon vanilla, that doesn't come across as too heavy. Figs and raisins are there in full force, but the lack of chocolate notes that would accompany a BB stout make this very welcome in my opinion. Nice caramel finish.

Mouthfeel: No burn, despite the wonderful bourbon presence. A sipper, but you come back for another sip pretty quickly.

Overall: I was really impressed with this beer, and I wished I grabbed more than a bottle.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of vic21234
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

massive thanks to Lat for the excellent trade.

enjoyed from hoppin frog snifter.

a - brew poured a murky mahogany with a thin bubbly head. some visible bubbling could be seen dancing to the surface from about a half inch below the surface, but the beer was too opaque to see any action below that. kinda cool how the bubbling seems to come from just below the surface...and evenly around the glass.

s - whiskey sweetness glazed over caramel malt. some vanilla and even a hint of mint leaves. toasted malt. the booziness gives it a mentholated vibe in my nose as well as fresh brewed tea.

t - leads with toasted caramel malt with a splash of whiskey. the whiskey doesn't seem to be overbearing at all, but rather a side dish to the core scotch ale flavors. i'm a big fan of the style and this is a wonderful take.

m - rather smooth and not too boozy. extremely drinkable. kind of like a winter warmer. not nearly as abrasive as some other barrel aged wee heavies like backwoods. the whiskey is a great pairing on this beer.

o - overall a very nice medley of barrel aging on a base beer. i wish i had the base to compare it to although the reviews of outta kilter seem to suggest that the whiskey barrels doesn't change this one too much as all the descriptors used on the original can be found in this beer...with a whiskey glazing obviously. the barrels are much more integrated with the beer as opposed to a BA Wee Heavy where the barrel lead the charge. extremely enjoyable and a very accessible scotch ale.

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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.