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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 Vierenner
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 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 BMMillsy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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 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 Morey
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 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 McNealc31
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep red color with a finger of tab head. Ok retention.

S-rich caramel aromas with notes of dried dark fruit. Undertones of whiskey barrel lend some layer and complexity to the rich malty character of the beer with notes of oak, vanilla and rum. Finishes with a toasty malt and tea like characteristics.

T- sticky rich caramel and brown sugar flavors envelope the palate at first. The barrel characteristics are integrated in the beer beautifully. Notes of dry oak, vanilla and a subtle earth tone highlight the beer itself but bring beautiful dynamic layers. Finishes with a tea like bitterness, dried dark fruit, cola and lingering whiskey tones.

MF- velvit smooth mouthfeel with a full body. Low soft carbonation.

D- superb drinkability

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Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky, rusty reddish-brown. Small tan head despite aggressive pour - fades to nothing almost immediately. Minimal lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel and a touch of molasses. A bit of oakiness. Lots of vanilla and raisin. Some burnt sugar. Very sweet and malty overall.

T: Not as much whiskey as in the nose but it's still here. Up front it's toffee, caramel and oak. Smooth and loaded with vanilla throughout. The middle is a bit smoky with caramel and then the oak really kicks in with a flourish of brown sugar. Finish is drying, oaky, and lots of bare whiskey. Lingering brown sugar is nice too.

M: Medium/heavy body, unusually smooth and slick. Really goes down nicely.

O: Surprisingly good scotch ale. Not too smoky or peaty like some. The whiskey really combines with and compliments the maltiness. Great sweet flavors all melded together to make a nice balanced beer. Highly drinkable due to excellent mouthfeel as well.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly redish brown with less them half a finger of khaki tanned head that dissapates quickly and leavs a few light spots of lacing... Murky looking.

S: alot less whisky then I expected, I get a nice mallty, lightly nutty scotch ale character, caramel and toffe notes ad a very light touch of oak and booze alon with some cherry notes.

T: barrel character is slightly more prevelant in the flavor adding notes of vanilla and a light toasty coconut, some dark cherry notes in there as well, The flavor here is very well balanced... Nice malty notes in there as well caramel and toffe, nice balance on the sweetness as well never getting overly sweet. A nice oaky/nuttyness as well.

M: medium to heavy bodied and a bit on the slick and viscous side, with lower carbonation. A touch of dryness in the finish which leavs a bit of a malty oaky/nutty aftertaste.

O: a very well balanced BA beer, I was expecting the brew to be a little heavier on the barrel character, i really enjoyed barrel aged borris, bit this is delicious all the same. As with all hopin frogs brews I find this one to be on the pricey side, but deffinatly worth a go if you enjoy barrel aged scotch ales.

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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 cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of cfrances33
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark ruby tan/brown with a red tint. !/2 inch creamy head with some good lacing.

Smell - Huge whiskey aroma at first crack. Caramel malts, some spices and sugars. Whiskey is the main overpowering aroma.

Taste - AS expected, whiskey flavors mixed with scottch whiskey, carmael malts, and some spices and sugars. Really smooth and mild. The hops arent so much masked as you might think, there moreso mellowed out and balanced with the malts. This is more smokey/whiskey flavored then regular outta kilter.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, mild and bold. Whiskey nails tounge along with smokey.caramel malts. Palate gets more whiskey, malts and a little hop dankness. The aftertaste is malty, and a little dry.

Overall - Very nice combo of whiskey and scottch that actaully mellows out a rather sweet beer. Its not as strong as i was expeceting, this is a fine drink. Why i enjoy this so much it really gets the whiskey barrel aged character down pat. I almost feel like im actually drinking a scottch moreso then a beer. Fantastic, if you enjoy outta kilter, or even think its a little to sweet, this is a must try.

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Photo of WesM63
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Tulip.

A: Pours a murky darker brown with a nice 2finger caramel colored head. Some retention and lacing are present.

S: Smells of whiskey, caramel malts and some smokeyness/toastyness (peat malts?).

T: The whiskey is present throughout the taste. Underneath the whiskey I get some caramel sweetness and smokeyness/toastyness from the malts.

M: Medium body and light-ish carbonation. Almost feels lighter than it should.

O: Not bad. I haven't had a chance to try the regular Outta Kilter, so I can't compare it to that. While I let it warm up some, I would lean on the side of the whiskey almost taking over the underlying scotch ale.

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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.