Barrio Bourbon Scotch - Barrio Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
Enjoyed in a shaker pint at the brewpub in Tucson. Aged in Jack Daniel’s barrels.
Deep, partly cloudy auburn, burnt orange at the edges. A thin, wispy head of off white quickly becomes a thin ring.
Nice and caramelly nose. Deep, sugary malts lend brown sugar, caramel, a touch of toast. Maybe some peat as well. Very smooth additions of bourbon and a touch of butter.
Caramelized malt appears again in the flavor. Caramel, abit of burnt sugar, maybe just a little apple. Bourbon is very subtle, coming through at the swallow with oak and a smooth booziness. I could actually use a little more bourbon flavor.
High, prickly carbonation. Medium body. High amount of fizz. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10 percent.
I like that this one’s smooth and drinkable for its heft and ABV, but I could use more bourbon. There must be a balance somewhere.
03-07-2012 22:42:31 | More by Phelps
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Arrives from the tap with an amber tinged, dark tan colored head that is a scant ¼-finger thick. The beer is a deep amber tinged, red color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of soft, Bourbon derived, sweet / toasted coconut, richly caramelized malt, touches of toffee and an unexpected, bright, almost fake berry character (like from an otterpop almost). This fruitiness is fleeting though, and is not always noticeable (which is a good thing). In the end the nose is a nice showcase for the Bourbon without it being overbearing.
Somewhat sweet tasting up front, this is more caramelized than simple sugar sweetness though; as it rolls across the palate the sweetness is accentuated by vanillin and coconut notes, as well as a touch of fruitiness. The finish has a soft bite of spicy bourbon and alcohol like notes as well as a touch of nutty / toasted malt / bread-like character; these notes help to dry the beer out somewhat, though the vanillin and coconut notes definitely linger a bit on the palate. The beer is, of course, a bit colder than I would prefer, which seems to substantially deaden the malt character (though at this point that is purely conjecture). There seems to be a hint of tartness to the finish, that seems reminiscent of Bourbon, though I am not entirely sure. There is a soft bite of hop bitterness here and the beer is fairly well carbonated, both of these help to carry the medium, somewhat viscous body that this beer has; though in truth, I would think that a little less carbonation might work a little bit better here. The caramel malt character adds hints of toffee, sweet caramelized bread notes, a definite toasted bread note and just a nice, rich caramel note.
I really like how subtle the Bourbon influence is in this beer. It is about at the right level to not overly dominate the beer; though it is the most noticeable note in this beer, but there is enough malt to stand up to this. This is surprisingly good, I wasn’t expecting to like this nearly as much as I am; I really like how balanced it is and I really appreciate that it is really not very hot at all.
02-18-2012 02:50:06 | More by Gueuzedude
Barrio Bourbon Scotch from Barrio Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.