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Bourbon Barrel Aged Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company

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very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Evan on 04-18-2014)
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Let's be honest. There's nothing ipa'ish about this beer. If you are looking for that then you will be very disappointed. If you are looking for in your face bourbon barrel flavor, yeah this is your beer.

Smell- bourbon, oak, vanilla

Taste- bourbon, oak, vanilla (get the hint)

Mouth feel- incredibly smooth and creamy

Summary- if backwoods bastard had an illegitimate love child with a bcbs barrel, this is what would result. I'm digging it (which is a huge compliment as I'm not always the biggest fan of duclaw).

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Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy reddish mahogany color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades very fast, leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather massive of a nice mix of boozy and oaky, sweet, and very lightly hopped smells. The sweeter aromas are mostly of a toffee, vanilla, and caramel smell mixed with just a hint of dark fruitiness. These sweet smells are the heaviest with the lighter hop aromas of an herbal and earthy nature being very faint and the least heavy of all the aromas. The boozy and woody aromas are the ones that straddle the hop and sweet, giving the brew an overall nice and warming smell. It is a rather enjoyable aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with tons of sweetness of a caramel and toffee flavor. The oaky flavors are present from the start with them growing stronger as the taste advances and being joined by a boozy and lighter vanilla flavor which overall gives a very bourbon like taste to the brew as it moves onto the end. The hops in this one remain rather light, with a bit of a grassy and herbal hop that are present upfront and which remain relatively constant till the end of the taste. Just a hint of a grassy flavor and a little bit of an earthy flavor join the tongue at the end, and mix with the rather strong sweet and bourbon boozy and barrel tastes to leave a warming flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and syrupy with a very light level of carbonation. For the huge thick sweet and bourbon woody flavors of the brew the thick body and lower carbonation are fantastic and end up creating a very nice slow sipping and warming feel.

Overall – While there is very little hop left in this one as opposed to its originator brew, it does make for a good and thick tasting old ale/barleywine. Even while I was expecting something with much more hop flavor, this one I actually rather enjoyed and was a good warming sipper.

Darkmagus82, Aug 19, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.