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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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47 Reviews
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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 DavoleBomb
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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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 Pahn
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split 3 ways into tulips.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch offwhite head. Pours a dark red brown and leaves spots of lacing.

Smell: Typical "Scotch ale" malts at first. Vanilla oak undercurrent. Dark fruits and oak aged aromas get much more prominent and inviting with time.

Taste: Oak, almost too much of it. Vanilla, borderline coconut, very tannic. Undertones of very familiar, pleasant-as-far-as-they-go Scotch ale malt flavors.

One of the more straightforward beers out there. Tastes good, but the flavors don't really elevate each other. Mild dark fruit, some dark cola and bready malt flavors, and a *very* prominent oak influence. Nothing about this is bad, but it's nothing I haven't tasted before (and done better).

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dry, astringent, tannic finish--a bit much.

Overall: This beer is for fervent Scotch ale and oak-aged beer lovers only. Otherwise, it's too expensive for the quality that you get. Also, it's worth noting that this beer is a major disappointment relative to the the excellent Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Even so, given what I want out of a big malty beer, I'm satisfied despite disappointment.

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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 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 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 aasher
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 prototypic
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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