Wild Oats Series No. 3 - Screaming Beaver - Oak Aged Double IPA - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
Appearance: light mahogany colour; slight haze; beautiful fine foam head (tan) with good retention
Aroma: orange zest; grain, wheat - like crackers
Taste & Mouthfeel: thick and rich caramel/toffee malt flavours barely fend off strong resinous and astringent hops, which take over for a very long finish that has hints of lemon and pine - getting into the territory of window cleaner; medium-full body and good carbonation; syrupy; by the time the last drop's gone, things have balanced out more, with the heavy malt flavours hanging on more in the finish, but the hops just aren't a personal favourite - very one note and resinous to the point of almost being metallic
Overall: as usual, a very well constructed beer from Beau's, with great mouthfeel and good balance, but the hops just don't do it for me. It needs more depth to be really great
PS - wow just realized that's a 10% beer, definitely doesn't drink feel like it!
01-02-2013 22:36:16 | More by BGDrock
3.55/5 rDev -4.1%
enjoyed on cask at The Rhino pub crawl. Copper colour, with pinkish tinge. Whisp of a head. Neutral aroma. Medium, though creamy mouthfeel, bulked up by caramel. Somewhat of a hoppy barleywine, with a fruity taste. Sugar. Interesting, and a British element. Some carbonation. A sipper.
05-09-2010 13:40:59 | More by Sammy
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
Fresh bottle, bottled on Nov 26/12. Poured in to tulip.
A - Dark copper with an amber glow around the edges. One finger of dirty white head with good lacing.
S - A muted floral hop aroma up front with some spice. A fairly prominent sweet bready malt aroma. The oak is not detectable at all. Weak nose.
T - A big sweetness up front with caramel and brown sugar flavours that give way to a floral/grassy hop profile and a moderate bitterness. Some woody notes are present but they definitely fade in to the background. A bitter, dry finish.
M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.
O - This did not drink like a DIPA at all, despite the freshness. Very average and disappointing.
12-20-2012 02:41:13 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5 rDev +9.2%
Nice tawny copper color with a beige finger of head nice coating lacing. Aroma is very woody and oaky, with some pine resin and caramel. More on the maltier Side of an ipa, but its alright. The taste is incredibly diverse. Oaky and woody, bitter and piny, caramel and toffee. It's got a hefty feel, soft creamy body.
This is a bit of a retraction from a typical DIPA, but it was largely enjoyable! Thanks Chris!
03-21-2013 00:04:30 | More by EgadBananas
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
A month or so ago the guys at Beau's were kind enough to send me a bottle of their brand new Vrienden, as well as their Screaming Beaver Oak Aged Angry IPA. The Screaming Beaver is the third installment in Beau's Wild Oats series of beers; all one off organic beers brewed with no regard for convention, and plenty of imagination. This one is an Oak Aged Double IPA - a beefed up version of their spring seasonal, the Beaver River I.P.Eh.
The Screaming beaver was dry hopped and oak aged, comes in at 8% abv, 60 IBUs, and when available was in a 750ml ceramic bottle. This version is no longer around, but I expect another Double IPA will find its way into Beau's experimental lineup of beers at some point. Double IPA's, or any hop-focused beers are really picking up steam right now, and in Canada we are just starting to catch up to the hoppy beer revolution that was spread throughout the United States. Lets see how Ontario will fair.
I opened the heavy ceramic bottle at the upper range of cool around 12C (54F) and poured it into a tulip glass. The pour was smooth and slightly oily building a glowing amber brown beer with huge amounts of copper orange and big reds brimming through every inch. A nice frothy and pillowy head build an inch and a touch on top of the beer with a slightly off white color and very precise carbonation showing up everywhere.
The beer is slightly hazy and slightly transparent at the same time. When held into the light, rays of sun could beam through, but exited the beer in a foggy state.
The nose was crisp and sharp with a big initial aroma of aggressive hops. Fruity, citrus, gently tart and slightly floral hops pour in with hints of grapefruit and pine, but then an easily noticeable alcohol scent. Malts come through the back in the way of light caramel, brown sugar, grains, biscuit and herbs. The overall sensation here is dry and clean. Notes of apricot and wood come through at the end, but it is tough to hypothesize what this beer is going to become.
Allowing a large flow of the Screaming Beaver into my palate brought a cool and tartly crisp wave of hop sensations and touches of sharp alcohol. Citrus peels and earthy bitterness comes out strong right away on your tongue, and really builds in bitter sensations as it curls off your tongue and onto your cheeks. The malts are there hidden in behind the power of the bitter, and they do show creamy and slightly oily caramel and biscuit flavors. Hints of sweet toffee and burnt brown sugar fade in as well.
The booze sensation comes back and brings grapefruit and hints of pine along with it. This overall bitterness is more of a sensation to me than a flavor. It actually was beginning to become to much so. The quenching capabilities of the beer are fantastic, but its just very sharp on the palate and lacks the aromatic powers that a Double IPA could have.
Its as if you feel the bitter and don't taste it. Its not really a fair judgement of the beer, cause I was really enjoying it. The mouthfeel was sublime and it was a unique and very distinct flavor that we have never seen in Canada. The 60 IBUs seems like it may be an underestimate because it feels like its higher, or perhaps it was just my bottle.
I would like to see a greater aromatic character from this beer and richer oak flavors. The oak come in a bit right in the heart of this beer, but it was hidden in the bitter hops. I'm not sure if the beer was dry hopped then oak aged, or dry hopped while oak aged, but I feel like the oak muted the freshness of the hops and mulled them into this very rich bitter sensation which lasted in my plate for a good half hour later.
Overall though a fun beer to enjoy with a friend, and it cut through the green curry I was eating with no problem at all. I am excited to see what Beau's does next; I know if will be eually interesting.
08-20-2010 02:01:35 | More by StephenRich
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
600ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of the mixed 4 pack for $25
Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size frothy off whitec oloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, hops
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some vanilla and I can pick up on the wood aging.
Overall - Maybe I should have drank this bottle a while ago, but it's still packing quite a hop bite. It's also still very boozy and a tad harsh. It needs a touch more sweetness to balance things out. A decent beer but for the style I was expecting more.
09-17-2013 00:19:54 | More by spinrsx
3.7/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: It has a nice deep orange/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves very nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet malts, caramel, spices, some oak and piney hops.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet malts upfront, caramel, toffee, some piney hops and woody oak.
Mouthfeel: It has a light carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Just not quite what I expect from a Double IPA.
01-07-2013 23:36:23 | More by SebD
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
Draught at Chancey Smith's- Deep hazed copper, pours a thick eggshell cap with sticky lace. Nose of fresh west coast hops, pine, citrus, perfume and caramel/crystal malts, and a bit of alcohol. Flavours are much of the same, add some tropical fruit, but focus on piney hops and sweet caramel malts. Has a bitter metallic edge towards the finish and certainly isn't shy about the alcohol. Full bodied, long bitter finish. You can feel this bad boy after one glass. Good!
03-05-2011 00:00:25 | More by mrmanning
3.84/5 rDev +3.8%
600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO as part of their "Best of Beau's" sampler; bottled Nov. 23 2013. Served slightly chilled and poured into a tulip.
Pours an attractive, crystal clear ruby-amber colour, topped at first with nearly two fingers of foamy, off-white coloured head. It wilts gradually over the next few minutes, smearing the glass with rings of lacing and eventually settling into a thin, frothy cap with a creamy collar. The aroma is a little subdued for such an allegedly bold beer - frankly it confuses me how such a strong brew can have such a weak aroma. At least the notes of pine resin, oak, toffee, grapefruit citrus and apricot that manage to waft out of the liquid are enticing - meek as they might be. To be fair, the aroma intensifies somewhat as it warms.
The flavour is pleasant, and remarkably balanced given the style - this one claims 99 IBUs but it sure doesn't taste that way, with a robust malt bill to counter the hops (in addition to the effects of the oak aging). Brown sugar sweetness comes through initially, accompanied with some nutty malts and hints of apricot. Oak and vanilla also manage to make their contributions known, with the hops remaining relatively silent until the finish - when notes of pine resin and grapefruit pith bring in some much-needed bitterness. The aftertaste is a mixture of resiny bitterness, wood, and some slight heat from the alcohol content. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with a somewhat slick, creamy feel on the palate, owing largely to the low carbonation levels. I found that this beer improved significantly once at room temperature. It's one of the more drinkable DIPAs I've had during my BA career, but one bottle would still be my limit for the night before I'd need to move on to something else.
Final Grade: 3.84, a respectable B+. Screamin' Beaver Oak Aged Double IPA is a well-brewed beer, but it isn't really what I'm looking for in this style - the hops are bafflingly subdued, which causes this one to come off as more of a 'barleywine lite' than a serious DIPA. But I shouldn't get ahead of myself - I still enjoyed this beer, and for a 9.9% brew it is superbly well-balanced and dangerously drinkable. This was probably a godsend a few years back when domestic DIPAs were rarer than sober Irishmen, but with Twice as Mad Tom being so ubiquitous nowadays I doubt I'll return to this any time soon. Give it a shot, but don't expect to be blown away.
12-23-2013 03:30:02 | More by thehyperduck
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
I was excited to try this but slightly disappointed when it finally came time to crack this one open. Its a dark reddish amber colour that had to be forced to produce any head at all. It was off-white and disappeared very quickly.
Screaming Beaver smells a lot like black licorice, with notes of caramel/molasses and hops. It's actually quite good.
The taste, well, more of the same. It has a much stronger licorice flavour than I can tolerate. It's quite sweet up front, but the it's more of a 'burnt' sweetness than anything else. Very bitter finish, but oddly not in a good way. Um.... ok.
Syrupy, flat, boring. FAIL.
I won't be trying this again.
06-15-2011 01:47:46 | More by Intrinsic
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
Received as part of a gift for Christmas. Served chilled into a pint glass. Bottled November 21, 2013.
Appearance - Clear golden / copper brown with reddish hues. An impressive three plus fingers of head that takes a while to dissipate. Beautiful streaky lacing down the glass and the ivory head forms into a neat little cap.
Smell - Some sweetness from the oak aged nature of this beast.other than that some faint earthiness but not much else.
Taste - Starts with some faint sweetness from the oak aged barrels. Also some earthiness shines through here. After that it transitions to a rather bitter flavour. Very earthy tasting of pine and spruce as opposed to anything citrusy. Rather smooth transition, but was expecting more hop flavour given the 99 IBUs. Very restrained.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth for an IPA. The bitterness leaves slight tingling on the tongue and has a dry finish works well here with the earthy flavour profile.
Overall - A fine beer the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden but was expecting a slightly more bold profile especially in the nose and on the taste buds. We'll executed and very smooth.
12-29-2013 20:43:19 | More by DenisKolkin
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottled November 26, 2012. A very fresh bottle from an LCBO? Will wonders never cease!
Beer is a dark toffee colour. A vigorous pour results in almost zero head, just a small bit of off-white bubbles.
Surprisingly malty scent for a DIPA. Caramel jumps out. Oak is the second most prominent scent, but plays a secondary role. Fruity scent, apple and pear stick out for me, with a bit of citrus. Slight pine.
Like the nose, taste is quite unusual for a DIPA. Caramel and fruit flavour are strong, with the fruit being more of an apple, pear and plum flavour than the citrus fruits that one may expect. Oak is certainly noticeable. Begins quite sweet, though the finish has some bitterness.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well.
Overall, fairly tasty, but a very unusual DIPA.
12-06-2012 02:08:34 | More by jrenihan
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
On cask at Volo, found my notes.
Pours a mostly clear amber/orange, some bright highlights, thick off white head forms and settles to a thin ring around the glass, some big lacing sticks.
Smell is interesting, big and boozy, very malty, caramel, some lightly floral, grapefruit, apricot, very fruity, biscuit and toasty malt, a bit of pinesol.
Taste is similar, very malty and not hoppy enough for a real DIPA, caramel, biscuity, lightly fruity, pretty boozy and hot through the middle, light floral and some grapefruit, balanced in the finish but could use some more IBU's.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty hot going down. A decent first attempt but more of a strong ale than a DIPA due to lack of hops. Not bad though, I dug it.
06-07-2010 23:32:04 | More by Viggo
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Part 2 of 4 - Best of Beau's Pack.
Hazy bark brown pour with a touch of crimson in it. Two finger soapy off white head lacing is decent for the abv and the barrel aging.
Right off the bat you get a sweetness of cookies from the malts and the barrel. There is an oak presence followed by a bitterness of pine and some grass. Vanilla and brown sugar with a touch of alcohol. There is some strawberries and caramel in the back. Overall a quite sweet and malty DIPA.
Sweet malts, brown sugar and vanilla from the oak. Bitterness in the middle with a lingering sweet and woody finish. Caramel and toffee on the tongue and the bitterness helps bring everything together.
Medium body, decent carbonation.
12-30-2012 21:26:52 | More by korguy123
3.43/5 rDev -7.3%
Delighted to have picked up one of the last 2011 bottles available at the brewery. It lists 9.9% ABV and 99 IBU.
Beautiful dark, clear amber with perfect head. Little lacing, but decent carbonation and plesantly creamy mouthfeel. Aroma is very pleasant "west coast" hop, but the taste has a real kick. I can't tell whether the burning at the finish is from the alcohol or the bittering hops... Tropical notes, citrus and caramelized malts in the taste, but the finish is harsher than I'd choose. Perhaps more "barley wine" than DIPA?
Glad to have tried it and will purchase again in future years, but also glad I didn't stock up on a full case this year.
06-16-2011 23:46:12 | More by hopsolutely
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
For something called "Screamin' Beaver" this looks awfully unexciting. Its fire-ember colour is considerably dulled by bottle sediment and the resulting haze confines any and all highlighting. It really appears as though something has sucked the life out of this beer; it has not the slightest indication of carbonation.
The details in the aroma (which are the beer writ large, really) are worthy of the same attention you’d pay to buying an old car - hard to know what you're getting exactly. And be skeptical. On first impression the oak-y nuances and resins are impressive. Further reflection, however, reveals a deficiency of meaningful hop character, something which just never comes clear.
I would be overconfident to think that I could always tell the difference between a beer aged in an oak barrel and one fermented with oak staves. Still, I was hardly surprised to learn that this is the latter; it has the impression of creamsicle not sharp splinters. As result, the caramelly malt and pine-like hops are appreciated interminably, albeit not in the most stylistically fashion - this is no San Diegan DIPA.
9.9% alc./vol. and 99 IBUs may look cute on a label but numbers like that can wreak havoc on the palate - it's a lot of alcohol and bitterness to hide. But the wood helps. It mellows things out with oak-y nuances and vanilla-like creaminess. Some alcohol makes it through, mind you, and combines with citric grapefruit notes to become rather piercing. But in all this it's a pear compote-like flavour that dominates.
Oddball experiments are to brewers like the peacock's tail: costly to produce and maintain but it pays off to one's genes (brand) and, in the end, survival. Beau's could have gone on producing only Lug-Tread and sustained a decent business but instead they got adventurous and, despite mixed results, have gained the respect of an entirely different demographic of beer drinkers. And good on them for doing so.
01-08-2013 01:47:52 | More by biegaman
Wild Oats Series No. 3 - Screaming Beaver - Oak Aged Double IPA from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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