Barrel Aged Outta Kilter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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2.85/5 rDev -26.7%
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.
09-29-2012 23:15:50 | More by DavoleBomb
3.24/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
01-08-2014 00:06:21 | More by Bouleboubier
3.25/5 rDev -16.5%
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
01-23-2014 01:11:07 | More by fitrock2112
3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
06-13-2013 02:48:15 | More by weonfire
3.44/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
11-18-2013 10:04:06 | More by corby112
3.5/5 rDev -10%
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.
11-03-2012 00:35:46 | More by Alieniloquium
3.5/5 rDev -10%
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.
10-19-2012 01:25:52 | More by maximum12
Barrel Aged Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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