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Bourbon Barrel Dark Ale (Winter Migration) 2010-2011 - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Dark Ale (Winter Migration) 2010-2011Bourbon Barrel Dark Ale (Winter Migration) 2010-2011

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BA SCORE
88
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 01-30-2011)
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 03/27/11 notes. Brought to a local DC RB tasting. Bottle 958 of 1150.

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, toasted malts, chocolate.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, hot alcohol, roasted malts. A bit hot, but still pretty good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, but a bit hot and harsh.

d - Overall this is a good beer, but it is still way too hot. I have another bottle of this one and I'm looking forward to opening it up in a few years. If I only had one bottle of this, I would recommend holding onto it for a bit longer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:00:26 | More by mdfb79
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/11/11.

A: Pours dark black with not head whatsoever. A small ring of bubbles formed around the outer edge.

S: Heavy bourbon! There is some nice vanilla, oak, and a little molasses. The alcohol is a bit present as well.

T: The bourbon is in the forefront. There are a lot of nice underlying flavors though. There was some oak, vanilla, and a little coffee. There was a little bit of tobacco too. The beer really opens up as it warms. The alcohol is present and burns a little, but in a good way.

M/D: Medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. Pretty good drinkability considering the abv and style. I think that this beer will benefit from a little age, a nice bottle to split with a friend or two and sip on for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 21:20:16 | More by mdaschaf
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: Dark brown black, with a lacing of head

Smell: Boubon, vanilla, oak, molasses

Taste: bourbon, vanilla,

mouthfeel: no carbonation almost flat, smooth

Drinkability: If you like bourbon this would be right up your alley. After talking to some of the brewers at EVO they said give it another year and it should be at it's peak.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 19:47:55 | More by THECPJ
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jwjon1

Delaware

2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Break out your shot glasses!

If bourbon aged in beer barrels in your thing, you might dig this brew. If you prefer your beer to taste like beer, don't even bother. First fail from Evolution I've run across, and this from my most anticipated Evo release. This beer is straight up bourbon. In the smell, in the taste, and in the burn. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if I could do my first flaming shot of beer with this bourbony mess.

There is a silver lining: it's hard to find 750mL of quaff-able bourbon for under 15 bucks. Alas, Evolution to the rescue! PLUS, it would make a great gift for the alcoholic in your family who likes to disguise their liquor. Because beer can't be so bad for your liver, now can it?

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:17:27 | More by jwjon1
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womencantsail

California

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: Pours a very, very dark brown color that is nearing black. There is very minimal carbonation and no head to speak of.

S: Smells almost completely like bourbon and barrels. Lots of bourbon and vanilla, quite a bit of alcohol, but there are some good dark fruit notes hiding. I get a nice cherry and prune thing going on.

T: As barrel heavy as the nose was, I think the flavor is even more so. Bourbon, alcohol/heat, wood, and vanilla. A decent enough roasted malt flavor and a noticeable astringency.

M: The body is medium with a very low level of carbonation.

D: Not bad by any means, but completely overwhelmed by the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:30:42 | More by womencantsail
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DBoone

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml capped bottle, cool label Poured into snifter with little to no head as expected. Little to no bubbles. Dark, thin, looking.
S Bourbon, dark malts, dark fruits, maybe a little hot?
T Delicious, bourbon, oak, nice!
M Somewhat thin, but good
D Good, Hope you can find a bottle around. I will pick up at least one more for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:29:03 | More by DBoone
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Gobzilla

California

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark brown almost black in color with brown highlights and had a very thin head leaving barely any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of bourbon and booze were definitely showing their face on the nose with vanilla, roasty, and mild cocoa notes. It did have some toffee and slight coffee.

T: the bourbon booze character dominated the palate alongside toffee, caramel, vanilla, cocoa accents but had some slight roastiness and a touch of brown sugar.

M: the brew was medium in body with a very low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bourbon boozy, mild oaky and silky finish.

D: definitely was a sipper but was tastier than expected. Good lookin out torino for crackin open this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 07:39:02 | More by Gobzilla
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droobacca

Delaware

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark almost black with little to no head

S: bourbon with a hint of vanilla (if blind folded would assume was an actual bourbon not beer)

T: vanilla leads and is followed by BOURBON and then finishes with a bite of vanilla.

M: heavy flavor, minimum and pleasent burn

D: A sipper. for a fan of bourbon this beer is sublime, enjoyed it slowly and noticed with time and warmth flavors increase. Love this beerbourbon

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 19:37:17 | More by droobacca
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 452

A - Completely black, with no head. Somewhat boring. Some bubbles form around the edge.

S - Alcohol and bourbon. Some vanilla, raisins and oak. Some chocolate as it warms, but the bourbon is plentiful. Whole lot going on here that I can't put into place.

T - Vanilla and oak forward. Boozy on the pallet, and a strong bite on the bottom of the tongue. Vanilla in the finish, with a nice burn, but not harsh. Can't get over the bourbon, simply awesome amount of flavor. Edit: 5/13/11 - Still lots of woody and barrel-y flavors. Alcohol has not gone down one bit in 3 months.

M - Lightly carbed, medium to heavy body. Almost oily, it stays in your mouth for a while, with a heavy finishing flavor. Edit: 5/13/11 - Alcohol bite is still very prevalent. Can't subdue this beast.

D - Very happy I got to try this beer. Definitely will benefit from some time, but very good in this form as well. A sipper for sure. Reasonably priced for a high quality brew at 12 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:49:14 | More by BeerThursdays
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Amyliz4 for picking this up at Rick's last week. Served in a tulip.

Pours dark brown with a slight tan head that fades very quickly without leaving any lacing behind. Slight, slight collar, though that's about it. The nose brings forward quite a bit of booze (in a pleasant way) plus strong bourbon. Sweet malt, chocolate, and some vanilla come through as well. The flavor isn't quite as complex, landing mostly bourbon and some roasted malt. Touch of coffee as well. Feel is nice and heavy with a good amount of carbonation. Moderate booze, though not too much considering the ABV. Drinks pretty well. I continue to be fairly impressed by Evolution.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 02:01:28 | More by Thorpe429
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first in Evolution's Migration series. Limited to 1150 bottles. Somewhat muddy at first pour. Very, very dark-ok I will call it black. Low caronation head wise but seems lively enough. Big bourbon nose right upfront. Boozy, oakey. Big bourbon flavor to begin with. Mild smokey and almost a charcoal flavor. Faint vanilla against a definate oak presence. Definately enough alcohol to be recognized. Mild roasted coffee. Some sweetness in the finish. Great mouthfeel. The booziness adds a nice, subtle burn. A great beer overall. The whole package really falls into place for me. I hate to be biased as they are my local but man this one is hit right out of the park. Great, GREAT stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 02:45:48 | More by lackenhauser
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Bourbon Barrel Dark Ale (Winter Migration) 2010-2011 from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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