Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
05-24-2013 19:28:06 | More by Phyl21ca
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
08-02-2012 03:05:53 | More by Jason
3.74/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
03-19-2013 05:46:04 | More by biegaman
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
03-23-2012 04:04:18 | More by liamt07
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
03-24-2013 18:29:25 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
06-04-2013 00:21:03 | More by spinrsx
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-28-2013 16:14:50 | More by tbeckett
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
04-13-2013 01:22:28 | More by andrenaline
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
03-07-2013 14:57:49 | More by peensteen
4.16/5 rDev +8.3%
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
08-04-2013 23:24:13 | More by joemcgrath27
3.71/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
07-30-2013 22:31:32 | More by SebD
3.74/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
03-17-2013 22:53:34 | More by hopsolutely
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
04-28-2013 20:01:51 | More by TerryW
4.3/5 rDev +12%
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.
03-17-2013 19:43:43 | More by korguy123
3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
03-21-2013 02:10:06 | More by CanuckRover
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
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
07-24-2013 04:46:16 | More by TheHammer
Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.