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Wild Oats Series No. 3 - Screaming Beaver - Oak Aged Double IPA - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 8.06%
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 05-09-2010

Screamin’ Beaver, an amped up version of our spring seasonal Beaver River, is back by popular demand for a 2011 edition. Only 1,000 bottles of this delicious brew will be available for sale. This monster weighs in at 9.9% ABV and 99 IBUs. Screamin’ Beaver has been dry hopped and aged on oak staves. Even scarier than the stats, this beer is incredibly drinkable and nicely balanced. Be very afraid.
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Photo of kjyost
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of maltyb
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of decimator
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Best of Beaus Mix Pack 2012
600ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 9.9%.

A - Poured a clear mahogany with copper highlights. 1cm cream head. reduced to surface bubbles. Some lacing.

S - The aroma is on the malty side with lots of caramel then followed by oak, pine, some spice and a bit of citrus. The oak becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

T - Caramel with a hint of molasses upfront, citrus fruit in the middle, a bit of vanilla, the finish is a combination of smoky wood and plenty of bitter hops.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, some prickliness on tongue, sticky, oily, a bit of heat, lasting aftertaste. The ABV is well hidden.

O - This is very drinkable. Good beer.

Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Intrinsic
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of StephenRich
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Viggo
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Wild Oats Series No. 3 - Screaming Beaver - Oak Aged Double IPA from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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