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Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red AleWild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bryehn on 03-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A strong (6.5% abv) interpretation of an Irish Red Ale. Part of the batch has been aged in wheat whiskey barrels, and then reintroduced adding subtle wood and vanilla nuances.

24 IBU
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nullbort
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged Feb. 5 2015 and served slightly chilled. Is the label art/name supposed to be a Strong Bad reference or something? Because if so, that is awesome.

Pours a deep, clear ruby-amber colour, producing one finger of soapy, off-white froth that seeps away relatively quickly over the next couple of minutes. A wispy film on the surface manages to survive, along with a thin collar and a modest amount of lace. The nose is best-described as being malt-forward, with toffee sweetness, toasted nuts and biscuity malts providing the bulk of the bouquet. Notes of oak and vanilla are also detectable, but they seem content to remain quietly in the background.

Well-balanced flavour profile, but nothing too exciting going on. Toffee remains dominant, with bready, biscuity malt and toasted nuts figuring in prominently, too. Slight hints of red berry and citrus fruit. Flavours from the barrel-aged fraction - oak, vanilla and whiskey - are noticeable toward the tail end, though they remain relatively subtle, even as the glass warms. Finishes with a mildly floral, spicy bitterness that soon fades behind some lingering vanilla and a gentle, boozy sweetness. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that give this brew a somewhat crisp bite, and a smooth, almost slick feel on the palate. As far as abv goes, this one punches a little above its weight - but I'm ok with that.

Final Grade: 3.83, an acceptable B+. You'll be able to count on Strong Patrick for a few rounds, but in the end I don't think he's going to be a major contender for my refrigerator real estate. This is a well-made beer in a relatively uninteresting style - and while it might be (and probably is) the best Irish Red Ale I've ever had, I still don't find that it makes a particularly compelling glass of beer. Would I drink this again? Absolutely - it's pretty tasty and there's nothing wrong with it. But as far as Beau's products go, it's not something I'd recommend going out of your way for.

Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryry10
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A good tasting beer filled with Amber flavour.

Photo of mtomlins
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Elmdale Tavern

Pours a reddish-copper color with a thick, creamy off-white head, good retention and lacing. The nose and taste are both malt driven, caramel, brown sugar, toasted malt, hints of vanilla with some bittering hops on the finish helping to dry the beer out. It has a medium body and soft carbonation making it smooth and creamy in texture. A decent beer and a good example of the style.

Photo of RedAleMan
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

600 ml bottle purchased from local LCBO for just under $8 CDN. Price is steep for an Irish red ale, but let's see how it goes. Served cool into a pint glass.

Appearance - pours a clear dark ruby color with two fingers of tan head on top. Plenty of spidery lacing is left behind once the head recedes.

Smell - rather malty, not the graininess I usually find with Irish red ales. Lots of toffee and some caramel before some vanilla notes and a hint of whiskey comes through. Complex and interesting take on the style.

Taste - again the malt comes through in a big way. Plenty of toffee, caramel vanilla a touch of oak and some whiskey. This is a really nice take on the style.

Mouthfeel - super smooth nice carbonation, medium body yet alcohol is completely hidden. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall - really good stuff, I only wish it wasn't $8 a bottle. Even still I will probably pick up a couple more before this is completely gone.

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Hoagie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - clear cedar red-brown, two fingers of light tan head was creamy and held very nicely
S - nutty, syrupy, toasty, mild leafs
T - almonds and rich toffee up front, sillky vanilla oakiness, subtle leafy hops, finishes sweet and woody
M - medium body, creamy smooth, touch of alcohol warm on the finish
O - extremely tasty and easy drinking, the smooth vanilla oak barrel aging adds a great dimension to this style of brew

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SebD
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of toffee, caramel, bready malts, floral hops, oak and tart cherries.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet toffee, caramel, some woody oak, bready malts, floral hops, some citrus and a bit of sourness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of TheHammer
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A solid finger and a half of head with ample lacing being produced, although retention could be better. The body I would say is about 50% opaque/translucent with a red copper colour and the carbonation in it is low and slow.

Smell: Caramel malt is certainly the dominant scent, but notes of whisky, tea and vanilla can also be found. Warming improves things quite a bit.

Taste: Starts with a caramel malt with an almost orange note to it before shifting to a more toffee and butterscotch taste as it culminates with a peaty whisky note. There a peculiar mild herb undertone to the whole experience that's barely noticeable but leaves me appreciating the subtly.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is a little dry as the malt and whisky seem dominant. It's a little bit of a bumpy ride as far as transitioning, but that's part of the appeal here. Carbonation could use a bit more work.

Drinkability: Well it's a little dry, at it's certainly on the heavier end of medium bodied. However it's interesting and masterfully conceals it's alcohol content. The lower carbonation really make it easy on the system.

Final Thoughts: All and all, a solid offering, although nothing epic and certainly something I wish I had opened closer to St. Patties day then leaving it in my fridge for as long as I did. Thumbs Up

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Caramel, grass, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, metallic notes, and an earthiness. There is also some anise, caramel, and a hint of wood. It ends with a malty earthy aftertaste.

Overall – An interesting beer.. I was on the fence with this one. Didn't love it but I can appreciate its nuances. Not my favourite style of beer but from my experience with irish reds this one seems well done.

Photo of tbeckett
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Poured copper in colour and bright with mild carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy light brown head on top left no lace and a film of retention.

S - Caramel and toffee with a fruity ale yeast ester thing going on. Dark fruits and lighter fruits as well, sweet malt and vanilla with some wood. Complex aroma that developed over time.

T - Lot's of fruitiness and biscuity/bready malts as per the style. Toffee and caramel again. Dark fruit, oranges, and vanilla.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a sweet finish.

O/D - The barrel aging on this probably wasn't necessary. While it added a very subtle element, it really wasn't enough to get excited about. Either amp it up or do away with it. That said, it was tasty and the barrel did add a degree of complexity to a style that needs it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt notes with some notes of whiskey and vanilla which brings nice character. Taste is also a mix between sweet caramelized malt notes some whiskey and vanilla notes that are not overwhelming. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Quite enjoyable and I really liked the well balanced usage of whiskey barrels.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to cattersley for the delicious trade.

A: Giant 4 fingers of foamy carbonation settles to a blanket of bone white mini foam. A burnt orange brew with a slight haze with just one or 2, lazy streams of carbonation.

S: Smells of fresh cut oranges, sweet malts and rock candy, smells clean and fresh.

T: Tastes fresh with mild malts, candied orange peel and a buttery chardonnay flavour. Flavours are mild, but the oaks finish strong with a mild linger.

M: Medium chew and a syrup feel that clings to the palette. Some buzz of carbonation that grip the tongue.

O: A pleasant brew that's an easy drinker, not especially sweet or complicated, but an approachable drink.

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Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.