Love (Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged) - New Belgium Brewing
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4.53/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had 3x nice pours of this tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown... Thanks a ton Chris, I am blown away that you got a keg, and amazed at the fantastic price point!! $5 for a 12oz pour!!
Pours deep amber with a definite purple hue to it... the tannish head doesn't stick around for too long.
Wow.. the nose is awesome... Bright sourness... plenty of plump ripe berries... oak shows with warmth... whisky notes are there, but are drowned out by the abundance of everything else.
Flavor is much like older La Folies spiked with a great blackberry flavor... the oak adds a pleasant vanilla note that adds a bunch of complexity... acetic element is pretty heavy... this is one damn sour beer!! Finishes dry with a lingering berry/vinegar character.. With warmth, I am even able to pick out something that I associate as chocolate mid palate... YUMMY!!
Body is on the lighter side of medium, with a good carbonation.
My only knock is obviously the heavy acetic tone of the beer, but damn is it tasty. I would drink this always if I had access.
Thanks a ton Chris.... And loved having a good chat with Eric from New Belgium!!
Serving type: on-tap
09-06-2012 03:32:02 | More by JohnGalt1
4.33/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Consumed on tap at the Noble Fir. Very happy I got to try this one.
A: Poured into a tulip. Dark, midnight purple shades blend with some mahogany brown hues. A two finger, rocky tan cap rests on top and evaporates fairly quick. No lacing clung to the glass.
S: Strong, oaky barrel aromas meld with soft whisky & dark blackberry tannins. Wine like acidity rises from the glass, sour notes and booze round out the dark but subtle smells.
T: Bold, acidic blackberry hits first, followed by tart, unripened dark fruit, vinegar, and a big wild blackberry sourness. Dark, earthy oak swarms the tongue. Whisky and more wood from the barrel come on mid-palette. The tart and sour tannins are nice, and there is virtually no sweetness to this beer. Finish is highly acidic and sharp, but very nice, almost eating my throat as it goes down (in a good way!). Lingering dark blackberry sourness and a soft floral bite add an element that make me want another sip.
MF: Dry, vinous & acidic finish. Fairly light body, very sour but palatable.
O: An awesome sour, with no flavor really being overly dominant. The blackberry/oak/whisky combo really matched nicely with the tart sourness. The flavors didn't destroy the palate or leave a drying feeling on the tongue. Overall, a big bite while still being easy to drink.
Serving type: on-tap
08-24-2012 03:54:26 | More by suncrust
3.98/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cask at Night of the Living Ales 2012. Poured into taster.
A - Pours a muddled brown color, light tan-colored bubbles.
S - Blackberry, tart fruits, oak, whiskey. Pretty tart on the nose, and the whiskey and fruits come out nicely. The booze is smooth and for only 6%, it's really well done.
T - Similar to the nose, a little more tart and acidic then the nose. Nice blackberries, fruit, oak, light vinegar, light whiskey. The barrel, tart notes, and whiskey just work really well together.
M - Light body, light carbonation, dry finish.
O - A really nice sour and one of the top beers at NotLA. Probably top 5 for me...one of the most sour and acidic at the event as well. Good stuff, would have this one again, no doubt.
Serving type: cask
03-05-2012 18:07:33 | More by Sean9689
4.48/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Ruby marroon body, nice bubbles that are simple but very.simple.
Sharp, BlackBerry and dark fruits come out. Bit of sharp whisky sweetness. It's got a woody finish, tannic but far from generic.
Bright sweet rolling.quickly into a puckering tartness. Citric definitely. The finish is whisky flavors... So molasses and toffee and grape skin tannins..long lasting bitterness. Awesome!
Super crisp, puckering, tannic bite. The citric.helps balance with a Great bitter in the center. Like sour candy long after I've sucked it dry.
Awesome awesome awesome!
Serving type: cask
03-04-2012 00:41:42 | More by Khazadum
Love (Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged) from New Belgium Brewing
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