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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

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: 57 | Reviews: 28
Photo of kevinlater
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle into small snifter. packaged february 9, 2015. enjoyed on march 25, 2015

a: pours copper and is a gorgeous glowing transparent ruby in the glass. one finger of tan head from an aggressive pour

s: bready caramel-y malt and raisin-like dark fruits. slight vinous quality. small hints of vanilla and whisky coming from the oak barrel-aging

t: malt-forward and much like the nose. biscuit, caramel, toasted nuts, and toasted bread up front, leading into a mid-palate of raisins/grapes and a subdued slightly-sour citrus flavour. oak character emerges very shyly at the end, exhibiting notes of whisky and vanilla. toasty-woody and mildly bitter back-end

m: medium-plus, quite thick, with medium carbonation. dry finish

o: a delicious malty beer with slight oak accents -- don't expect a whisky explosion here

Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $7.00 mark or so. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Very dark red color. Filtered clear

S- Good malt and caramel. Lots of sweetness

T- Sickly sweet. Cinnamon and caramel. Spicy

M- Creamy good

O- Pretty good beer. Not great but very good. Nice overall blend. Beau's is a nice company that brews good beer overall

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... Smores! Crispy cookie with chocolate and marshmallow does this beer well

Enjoy

Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Ryry10
3.61/5  rDev -7%
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 -2.3%
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 DenisKolkin
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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 joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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 SebD
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -1.5%
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 spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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 -0.3%
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 -3.4%
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 -10.8%
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.

Photo of ECBS
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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 TerryW
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apricot orange, slightly hazy brew under a moderate head that settles down to a film. Leaves some lace.

Some caramel sweetness and grain, a whiff of flowery hops, a touch of wood. This carries on through to the flavour of the beer. Nothing really leaps out at you. A decent beer, but not especially memorable in any way. Soft drinking like you'd expect an ale to be.

Drinkable, but undistingusihed.

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 02 28 13.
Poured in to tulip.

A -Medium golden orange; translucent. Two fingers of cream colorued head.

S - Caramel, toffee, toasted grains and a floral hop aroma. A very light oak/woody aroma is present as well.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and toasted grains with a floral hop presence. A very light toasted oak flavour is present. The barrel, although, present, isn't nearly as prominent as I would have liked. The overall favour profile is fairly retrained.

M - Light to medium body; somewhat watery at times. Light carbonation.

O - Another underwhelming offering from Beau's. This one certainly wasn't bad, but there was nothing memorable at all about it.

Photo of BGDrock
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale, slightly hazy amber, like skin of a nectarine; dense head the colour of white sand with great retention

Aroma: very grainy, wheat; some lemon peel

Taste & Mouthfeel: pretty bland really; again all grain, cereal with a bit of tart orange or grapefruit that creates some pucker in the finish; was expecting a sweeter and more full malt experience and not getting much; that tang becomes central to the profile but it's not very interesting; the suggested whisky notes are too well hidden for my tastebuds

Overall: very disappointing effort from a great brewery; odd flavours for the style and just not a fun drink

Photo of CanuckRover
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great. A deep orange-red, looks nice and rich. Short head, great retention.

Caramel, predictably, on the nose, with a bit of vanilla, but nearly as pronounced as I would have thought.

Dark caramel to start, but a bit restrained. Vanilla and wood make themselves known, but the flavours are a bit flat, all a bit ho-hum.

It's a fine red ale, but there isn't anything particularly interesting about it. Every part of this needs a boost.

Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong Patrick isn't green, but it is another colour of the Irish flag: orange. Held to the light, the beer appears so brightly, clearly orange that it were as if the brewery must have made it that way on purpose. Whatever the case, it's good looking. And the head, though again not green, is spongy as florists foam and never loses its shape.

The aroma is super toasty, bready and sweet. It has pronounced nutty notes and a barrel aging component that is... not at all apparent. It exhibits a definite butterscotch edge and has, only for the most sensitive noses, the comforting spice of rye whiskey and notes of maple. Something like I imagine springtime in the northern Ontario woodlands smelling like.

The flavour features nice nutty, toasty notes; the beer is plenty malty, enough to act as a Vienna lager even, but has the dried fruit esters characteristic of ales. There is a subtle element of smoke, but it's lost to a sappy, sticky sweet malt residue. It has the earthy floral qualities and sweetness of a locally sourced, unpasteurized honey.

I love me a good single-malt scotch but haven't found an Irish whiskey younger than 18 years old worth my attention. I'm not sure which brand whiskey barrels were used for this offering but any notion of either oak or whiskey (if there is any) is so fleeting as to be barely recorded. Still, the hint of vanilla is smoothing, and fans of Jameson should love its sweet malt core.

Reviewing an Irish Red Ale typically calls on every muscle and every mental skill because they are so uniformly pedestrian. I figured a whiskey barrel-aged example from a progressive brewer would have given me something to write about but, frustratingly, no. As decent a beer as Strong Patrick is, it is no more special than any others in this reliable, if unexciting style.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a style I choose often, but seemed like an appropriate day for an Irish Red and believe this to be a well brewed example.

Pours a luminescent copper colour which is surprisingly flat, with few bubbles and minimal head. Mouthfeel is slicker than expected. Malt forward aroma has a variety of caramel and toffee tones, plus hints of the oak used for a portion of the blend. Flavour is predominantly sweet, with a mild bitterness and more notable alcohol warmth in the finish. Vanilla and barrel tannins are mild and the only elements I can distinguish to separate this from a “standard" or mass-produced IRA.

Photo of korguy123
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
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 decimator
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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 ssmack
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
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 peensteen
3.92/5  rDev +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.

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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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