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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: bryehn on 03-16-2012)
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Photo of ssmack
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A clear orangy copper colour. 2 inches of fine thick orange/white head. Light carbonation bubbles. Some lacing but not much.

The smell of hard candy, toffee and biscuit.

A full smooth taste of roasted malt with bitterness. Like a thick bite of creamy caramel. First the malt and then a touch of sweetness at the end. As the glass warms the flavour of the barrels comes through with the taste of whisky added to the caramel.

A full mouth feel. Smooth with a slight carbonation sharpness.

The smooth creamy taste is outstanding. The extra malt used makes for a deep flavour and stronger alcohol. The partial barrel aging is the icing on a very nice cake.

I will need to stock up on this one before it disappears.

Photo of Hoagie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of NightINgale
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of ECBS
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed by our Beer Society on April 5th, 2013.

Given the time that has passed between my review of this beer and its consumption, a detailed analysis cannot be provided. However, I thought it notable to add that in a group tasting of this beer (4 bottles split between about 12 guys), the majority of the tasters found that strong notes of strawberry dominated the brew - albeit in a very good way!

This made for a delicious, refreshing, enjoyable brew. We would praise its return, should Beau's decide to bring it back in the future, and would not hesitate to stock up on it again.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml brown bottle with a freshness date

LOOK: Shiny copper hue, decent lacing all the way down

SMELL: Fresh baked bread, oak, faint fusel alcohol, vanilla, caramel, figgy

TASTE: Nearly silky smooth, creamy, medium bodied, very malty, pull from oak, mild whiskey flavor, fresh sherry, peppery, almonds, ripe plums, yeast, more wood, biscuity, dried grass, grainy barrel-aged finish

Whoa! What the hell did I just drink? Very impressed with the balance between the core of the beer and the barrel aging character. Extremely well put together, hoping they bring this one back.

Photo of korguy123
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So... It's St. Paddy's day! What better way to celebrate than a bottle of Irish Ale with a Mexican wrestler on it...?

Crystal clear burnt orange pour. Two finger off white head. Lacing is minimal.

Typical Irish red ale with caramel, and some cabbage (my nose is weird sometimes) There is a touch of vanilla and oak from the barrels.

Caramel, raisins, oak, vanilla, brown sugar with some sour mash whiskey in the finish. Malty than sweet.

Light body, good carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of yancot
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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 liamt07
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 650ml into a Beau's pint glass. Wild Oats release #18, 24IBUs.

Unfiltered hazy reddish brown, with a creamy cap of head. Solid retention and a bit of lacing. Nose has some fruitiness, toasted wood, light vanilla, and subtler barrel notes. Some malt sweetness as well. More fruit notes in the flavour, vanilla, brown sugar and the wheat whiskey barrels come through moreso than in the nose. Some light whiskey and woodiness, very subtle hopping as well. Medium full body, and a medium low carbonation. Sweet and sticky finish - certainly an interesting and unique offering. Curious as to what barrels were used (I had never heard of wheat whiskey up to this point). Good complexity and a nice twist on an Irish Red - I'd have this again.

Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bryehn
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beau's Wild Oats Series #18. Bottle #0704, packaged on March 8, 2012. 1/8 of the batches is aged in wheat whiskey barrels.

The colour is less red than expected. It's more of a honey-amber colour with a relatively small, but frothy white head that sticks around as a collared film.

Smells of toasted grains, sweet wood, rye, alcohol and has a citrus reminiscent of grapefruit.

Vey smooth taste. Honey-sweetened toasted grains that create a muffin-like quality with chocolate, butter and berry accents. Some citrus and pepper flavours are also noted.

Full-bodied, low carbonation. Very biscuit-like overall, but also has creamy and oily characteristics. Bitter, almost sour finish with a lemon rind aftertaste.

Nice ale from Beau's, but I feel like it's missing a bit of malt body in the taste. I'd try it again if I had the chance for sure. Went quite well with a hot chicken sandwich, as well as homemade baked beans.

Photo of andrenaline
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumped I was able to get a case transferred to the North...

A - Pours a nice amber colour, finger of head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Bready grains, toasted biscuit, toffee and caramel, hints of earthy hops and a hint of oak and whiskey.

T - The toffee and burnt caramel dominate alongside a slight earthy hop note, the vanilla and oak come through on the finish and the whiskey makes a sneak appearance over time, lingering on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - This is tasty take on an irish red ale, offering up a substantial sugary malt profile with a unique twist coming through via the barrel aging. The ABV is nicely hidden and the barrel aging is ever so subtle, but it certainly makes for a pleasureable and memorable brew.

Photo of decimator
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6.7%.

A - Poured a copper red with a 2cm beige head. Head reduced to a ring of bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Bread, caramel, some vanilla, some wood, hint of smoke, mild mushroom notes in the background.

T - Caramel, toasted bread, light fruity sourness, vanilla, a hint of whiskey, mild to medium bitterness in the finish. Oak becomes more noticeable as it warms up. Alcohol stays well hidden.

M - Medium-light carbonation, medium-full body, smooth, creamy, wine like dry finish.

O - The smooth texture is what makes this beer so good. Another solid effort from Beau's who have become my favourite local brewery.

Photo of peensteen
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper-red colour, just over one finger of off white head, good lace here as well. Smell is quite fruity, cracker like malt and a bit of toasted bread, bit of vanilla, oak, whisky as well but still subtle, caramel and toffee with a hint of alcohol. Taste is full of sweet caramel and toffee, bready malts, some vanilla and a touch of oak, fruity mid palate into the finish, fruit and whisky flavours in the aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, body is a little light and watery but its super smooth which makes up for lack of weight. Quite a good beer, found this to be more drinkable than other Beau's products I have had recently.

Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 TheHammer
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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 beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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