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Marble Reserve Ale - Marble Brewery

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Marble Reserve AleMarble Reserve Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 41
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vurt on 11-21-2009)
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Reviews by amcmaho1:
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amcmaho1

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

I should admit...this is my favorite Marble release.
Poured into snifter at the brewery...

Appearance: Deep amber-tobacco body, minor translucence. Frothy off-white head, spotty retention...nice lacing though. This beer looks exactly like it's been living in a bourbon barrel.

Smell: It's served a bit cold, but notes of vanilla, bourbon, char, toasted coconut, hazelnut, and alcohol are present immediately. The barrel notes on this beer stand out very nicely, and seem really nicely integrated; nothing is standing out too much as to overshadow the subtleties of the base beer.

Taste: Very big bourbon, vanilla, and hazelnut again. There's some nice hoppiness adding some counterbalance to the sweeter barrel notes, along with some nice biscuit malt finish. This is a really rich beer, and very complex.

Mouthfeel: Bordering on being a bit thin, considering the gravity of the beer. I'd like a little more chewiness and viscosity to the body, but as it stands now it's far from being undrinkable. I like the beer's dryness though...

Overall: Another exceptional seasonal release. This is one which ages gracefully, but is also exceptional fresh.

04-15-2012 20:32:35 | More by amcmaho1
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-25-2013 01:41:16 | More by DanGeo
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%

22 oz bottle, mfg 12/17/12. Pours dark copper amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is perfumey vanilla , boozy bourbon and a little green apple.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a lot of roast, bourbon with an alcohol bite and a smokey bitter finish that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice bourbon beer. Still a bit on the sweet and boozy side but had some interesting flavors.

06-05-2013 06:19:13 | More by Beaver13
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10%

11-15-2011 02:44:40 | More by bpfrush
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-31-2014 19:46:48 | More by richkrull
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%

On tap at the brewery the second week of December 2013.

The beer was served into a tulip-shaped glass.

A- The beer had a thin, bubbly head of maybe a quarter-inch. The liquidd was light black with some brown hues. Almost more like a brown in terms of color.

S- I struggled to detect any aromas initially. Eventually the maltiness popped up, as did some sweet molasses, oak and dark roasted smells.

T- I was impressed by the sweetness of this beer, as it was the first thing I noticed on taste. This was followed by some oakiness and mellow hints of bourbon, followed by brown sugar, chocolate, and vanilla notes. The beer definitely came alive as it warmed a bit.

M- For a nine-percenter, this beer drank exceptionally smoothly and had very little booze presence. There was a good creaminess throughout and only a tinge of booze on the finish.

O- A good beer and one I enjoyed, but I also would have like more expression on the nose. The taste was great and I only expect more character from the bottles that I age.

12-21-2013 04:59:29 | More by ONovoMexicano
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%

Appearance: Almost looks like a stout. Nice white foam and very good lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee. Not my favorite. I wish it was a bit more complex.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Some roasted coffee with hints of spice. Good full-bodied mouthfeel that I really like.

Overall Drinkability: This was pretty good, but Abbey darkness is better.

05-05-2012 19:42:59 | More by tjsdomer2
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-05-2013 20:14:35 | More by Gonzoillini
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ncfrey

New Mexico

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

Purchased for $14 at Jubilation. Poured into Left Hand Brewing goblet.

a - pours a deep but crystal-clear red-brown (think cola, a half-shade darker) with a thin tan head, poor retention. Leaves no lacing.

s - Oh my. Loads of vanilla, burnt sugar, dark fruit (raisin, fig, cherry), bit of toastiness. No hop aroma that I can discern, but hops may be the source of the hint of spice I'm picking up.

t - Bourbon barrel aged qualities dominate. Soft and mellow, but rich, with lots of vanilla and charred wood, and some molasses. The dark fruits are still present, mostly up front, but fairly subdued. Finish has just enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Toffee backbone supports without overwhelming other flavors.

m - Just like the flavor. Full, soft, smooth, and creamy. Pretty much ideal for this beer.

d - Remarkably high for this combination of flavor intensity and malt-forwardness. This bomber does not present a challenge for me.

Good on you guys, Marble. Still not sure this was quite worth the price tag (I've had beers just as good in the $9-10 range), but it's damned good, and not too sweet (for my tastes) like it seems all of the English old ales I've tried have been. My one tiny complaint would be that the dark fruits from the aroma did not carry into the flavor terribly well, but that seems to be par for the course.

02-03-2011 22:53:52 | More by ncfrey
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

08-13-2012 18:21:45 | More by hiphopj5
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DaveMarner

New Mexico

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%

A. Brownish amber with an inch of head.

S. I feel like I'm walking into the house when I was a kid and my mom is baking bread. Sweet maltyness with vanilla and bourbon. So far so good.

T. Oh yeah! Just like the smell. A bit more bourbon stands out and I also get some oak.

M. Medium carbonation, very smooth and almost buttery feeling.

D. Very drinkable. It seems like time is definitely on this beer's side. I'll sit on my last one for a few more months and then try it all over again. I can't wait!

07-06-2011 02:48:21 | More by DaveMarner
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-08-2013 08:49:25 | More by GRG1313
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CooperEllis

New York

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%

Surprise box from hayesez that contained two Marble offerings. This is the first up. Thanks, Erik!

22oz bottle into .3l rastal fluted glass

A: "...my apartment smells of rich mahogany."

S: "So the team pancake breakfast is tomorrow morning at nine, instead of eight." Also; "It's a formidable scent... It stings the nostrils. In a good way."

T: This is an interesting brew. Certainly flavored as a strong ale, with a rich caramel, fig, raisin flavor which reads nicely off of the almost overpowering bready/maple syrup notes in the smell. Falls to the lighter side of flavor spectrum - not watery but a gentler side of strong ale - without losing the necessary body to satisfy the expectation. The alcohol that is upfront in the nose is not there at all in the flavor, instead married into the more complex dark fruit flavors.

M: "Great story. Compelling, and rich."

O: "I'm in a glass case of emotion."

(216th)

10-23-2013 01:32:29 | More by CooperEllis
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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-14-2014 13:51:12 | More by Devi0us
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MrJolly

Arizona

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-27-2014 21:37:15 | More by MrJolly
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-03-2013 15:17:15 | More by EgadBananas
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Makebelieve81

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-01-2014 02:36:33 | More by Makebelieve81
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texasdrugaddict

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-31-2013 02:37:59 | More by texasdrugaddict
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Marble Brewery Reserve Ale bomber into Stone IRS tulip (aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels)

Slightly hazy super deep mahogany with ruby highlight. Three finger cream and orange head that slowly creeps up in size and looks like meringue. Excellent retention and nice sheeting lace. This is a great looking beer, even though I don't have a clue what category it falls under (American Strong Ale perhaps).

Vanilla is big on the nose, caramel, citrus, sweet and powerful bourbon, toasted oak, herbal hop, alcohol phenols, ginger ale, rum soaked raisins. There is a spicy and sweet tango here, which is very intriguing. I was expecting a more pronounced aroma, but it's not exactly soft and subtle either. The nose gives the impression that it will be hop forward, as are the large majority of beers coming from this brewery.

Wow. Blood orange, tangerine, vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel, toasted coconut, ginger ale, light milk chocolate, earthy/herbal hop, and a dry and slightly bitter finish. There is this orange-creamsickle thing that is really delicious, creamy, and slightly sweet. It's odd, but it is totally orange-creamsickle. Lots of oak presence, and the bourbon really shines on this beer, which I am certainly enjoying. There is a bit of raw alcohol heat that is a bit of a detractor. This would likely cellar very, very well and take the edge off a bit. This beer is really all over the place, and it's hard to pin down all the flavors. It's like an Imperial Amber and Old Ale were blended and bourbon aged. Aged in a beverage produced by one of the finest distillers around.

The mouthfeel is a solid heavy piece with a low level carbonation. It is really a standout point of this beer, it's really what I was looking for in a BA beer of this magnitude.

Drinkability is high, but I'm going at it slow because this is such a complex and intriguing beer. I have had a decent amount of beer that spent time in various barrels (wine, bourbon, etc), but this is unlike any other beer I have tried. It would be damn near perfect if it weren't for the higher alcohols that are still present.

04-06-2010 16:22:41 | More by Flashsp2
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

A generous extra from GHB. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy ruddy brown. A hard pour yields two fingers of clinging foam.

Smell: Stewed dark fruits up front, toffee, vanilla. Integrated oak and bourbon. Quite a bit of jammy date and raisin. There's a faded/oxidized hop note beneath all the richness.

Taste/mouthfeel: Sugary sweet. Heavy on the dark fruit flavors - a bit more than I'd like, but it's not hugely detrimental. Dates and raisins, almost quad-like in flavor profile. Plenty of vanilla coming from the oak, along with a touch of balancing dryness. Bourbon is present but far from overwhelming. Medium in body, leaning toward full; there's a lot of residual caramelized sugar here, despite the fairly modest ABV (for the style). Alcohol is very well hidden beyond a slight warming as it's going down.

Overall: Not spectacular, but very good. Marble is getting better at these barrel aged beers. I'd take their barrel aged imperial stout over this, but it's definitely worth trying.

04-11-2013 07:28:48 | More by largadeer
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Ruby red with thin tan head.

S: Bourbon and alcohol up front, followed by caramel malts and dark fruits.

T: Creamy caramel malt balance. Little alcohol burn linger.

M: Creamy, medium bodied that coats the tongue.

O: Very much enjoyed this one.

08-02-2011 00:02:04 | More by injuredreserve
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oline73

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from the bottle into my snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber color with a half finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet with some nice caramel and vanilla notes. I'm getting some warm alcohol and dark fruit.

Taste: Thankfully, it's a lot like the smell. Sweet caramel and some vanilla bourbon notes. I'm getting dark fruit along with the other sweet flavors. The finish is warm and a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: I really enjoyed the caramel and vanilla bourbon notes. This brewery is two for two as far as I'm concerned. I would definitely have another.

06-19-2012 22:27:51 | More by oline73
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

12-14-2013 21:10:58 | More by Rhettroactive
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +12.2%

Bottle, 12/17/12, served @ 52F, snifter. From trade with KingJohnH.

A: Dark, deep copper color, thick pale head, with a dollop that lingers with the lacing during the session.

S: Vanilla, toffee, oak, fruity boozy smells in there too.

T: Follows the nose... Full on bourbon and oak, with a broad fruit base (date, raisin, dark fruits...) with some sweetness filling it out. The booze bites the tongue in the swallow...

M: Thick, syrupy. Low carbonation. There is a tartness that lingers, from the oak and bourbon, I think.

O: Great beer, glad I got to try it. Not available here.... sent on a recommendation in a trade for BBA stouts... Glad I tried it! Would cellar one if I had it.

07-07-2013 20:43:14 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +22.2%

08-17-2012 04:12:12 | More by ucsbmullet
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Marble Reserve Ale from Marble Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.