Wild Oats Series No. 3 - Screaming Beaver - Oak Aged Double IPA - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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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
3.58/5 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
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
3.15/5 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
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
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
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
Cask pint of double IPA at the Rhino for about $5. I guess those west end rents aren't as high as I thought they were.
Rich copper with a splash of blood orange and a creamy yellow tinged head that dropped to a film, leaving some streaks of lace behind. Grapefruit, big caramel and vanilla aroma is not overly hoppy, but pleasing nonetheless. Nice flavour isn't quite double IPA, but is certainly bigger than a regular IPA. Call her an IPA and a half. Quite sweet with a lot of caramel and some neat vanilla (did they use oak chips in this?). Hops come through as tropical - some mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Alcohol is well-hidden. Fuller, creamy mouthfeel is great. Ridiculously drinkable... truly ridiculous.
Not quite what I expected for the style, and one that divided the opinion of those that had some. Three of us liked it and two didn't. Hard to view explicitly as a double IPA, but its still up to Beau's high standards. That said, I wish an Ontario brewer would tack on a few points in alcohol and 50% more IBUs.
05-10-2010 14:07:35 | More by bobsy
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
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
Nice looking beer, deep amber-cherry red, 2 fingers of off white head, lots of lace going on as well. Smell is malty with some sweeter caramel and toffee, lots of fruit, light citrus and red berry, a bit of oaky vanilla and a bit of orange, more in line with an American barleywine than DIPA. Taste is sweet and malty, oak and vanilla, red fruits and berry, caramel and fairly bitter as well throughout, again more like a barleywine or strong ale. Light-medium carbonation , fairly full bodied. Overall this is a fairly decent beer, however not at all what I want in a DIPA, I would drink this again if offered to me though.
01-18-2013 21:03:03 | More by peensteen
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
3.43/5 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
3.08/5 rDev -16.8%
Bottle acquired as part of a Best of Beau's pack direct from the brewery. Poured into a Beau's ceramic stein.
A: Deep red-brown that appears clear (as I pour it) with a tall fluffy tan head. Gorgeous.
S: Thick boozy sweet malt nose with some spiciness. No substantial hops
T/M: Sweet boozy body with a slow building bitterness that sticks to the tongue. Some hot booze coupled with spicy black pepper comes across as odd. Once again no hop profile. WTF? Hints of raw oak, yet remarkably lacking in that department too.
O: For a supposedly oak-aged DIPA this comes across as much more of a young and hot barley wine. Tons of crystal malts with only bittering hops to balance. My first great disappointment from Beau's. Alas.
12-23-2012 21:09:05 | More by kjyost
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
3.85/5 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
3.5/5 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
3.73/5 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
Wild Oats Series No. 3 - Screaming Beaver - Oak Aged Double IPA from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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