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Menagerie #3 Redux | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is different from Menagerie #3. Please make sure your review is for the correct beer.

Added by Imstillthegman on 10-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 45
Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a scattered sheet of surface foam.

S- Signature scotch ale aroma with sweet, lightly roasted malt and a bit of alcohol fume. Also a bit of stale dark bread.

T- The flavor is balanced at first, but then the sweet malt creeps in along with a flash of booze and things are very intense from there. A bit of whiskey plus little notes of dark fruit and dark bread. Pretty complex and mostly drinkable, but in the end it's a sipper. Chocolate aftertaste.

M- A bit dry but also syrupy. Medium-low carbonation and a hefty body.

O- Though I'm not generally a fan of this style, I like the sweetness of this one. Also, the fact that it's an imperial scotch ale while also being drinkable strikes my fancy.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1642nd Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

Thanks to Mdaschaf

App- Dark brown, coca-cola pour. A nice tall 1-1/2 finger head that was tight compacted bubbles and a light tan. A bit overcarbed with the amount of sheen on it. A bit of a lighter center as well.

Smell- Nothing like I expected. Thin, whizpy booze and some odd malt flavors. I will be the 1st to call infection. No bourbon, no sweetness of the scotch ale.

Taste- Well I really had high hopes for this one. This was very infected and not sure with what. All flavor was lost and way to prickly. A flat over carbed sugary soda really. A bit of a malty flavor. About it. Lost all bourbon and oak and vanilla.

Mouth- Light body and high carbed.

Drink- Sadly infected.

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Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at the August Baltimore BA tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet grain with some dark fruit, cherry notes, and some banana that I assume is from the yeast. Lots of caramel from the malt.

Taste: Sweet malt with some grain. Fruity notes are there, mainly cherry and raisins. The banana is there, but not as much as in the smell. Some alcohol heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the syrupy side with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really sweet beer, but that was to be expected. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to THE CPJ!

Pours a burnished dark amber with an off-white haze and slight bubbly ring. Deep aromas of butterscotch, caramel, molasses, sweet malt, Bourbon, and brown sugar. Sweet, buttery, and a bit boozy, but quite nice. Taste is similar to the nose, more sweet malt, Bourbon, caramel, and toffee. Little bit of oxidation, and there's a slightly musty vegetal thing going on that I'm not digging much, but it's still an enjoyable brew. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly sticky, with a medium-full body and decent carbonation. Overall a pretty nice barrel-aged Scotch Ale, but it's no Backwoods Bastard.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brown ice tea color with a modest head that splashes a bit of lacing around

Smell: Caramel, brown bread, toasted nuts, vanilla and a bit of Bourbon

Taste: Caramel, brown sugar and toasted brown bread, up front, with the nuts, vanilla and Bourbon flavors developing by mid-palate; caramel and earthy flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I would be hard-pressed to identify this as a Wee Heavy in a blindfolded tasting as it tastes a bit more like an English Barleywine with just a touch of barrel aging; no peat, not much Bourbon (not necessarily a bad thing); nicely drinkable but it lacks complexity

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity

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Photo of gkunkle
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Libbey tulip glass. The body is brown, but is has sort of a yellowish hue to it. The head is thin, it reduces to a thick ring with an thin film island in the glass. The smell is of dark fruit, raisins or figs. I also detect some oak and vanilla. The taste comes in with a dark fruit note and then I get some of the oak and caramel. The caramel is most pronounces as the beer crests the to hue and the carbonation gives a slight tickle. During the middle of the taste I also get a touch of spiciness. It is blended into the taste well as adds a lot to the overall character. The finish is sweet like raisin/fig but also gives a slight alcohol burn. The ABV in this is a little high for my preferences and is not hidden well.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no freshness date though I think this bottle will probably age pretty well.

LOOK: Dark reddish brass, thick off-white head

SMELL: Faint barrel juice, oak, mild vanilla, caramel, toasted bread, figs, yeast, vegtal, herbal, alcohol

TASTE: Boozy, creamy, caramel, pulling oak, ripe plums, vanilla, peppery alcohol, fusel, rose water, mild charcoal, chicory, mineral, hay, semi-dry finish

Not only does the 9.4% tell you its there, the barrel character kicks some fusel to the palate. Thankfully not to the point of no return, perhaps this could have benefitted to a bit more age in the bottle though you never know if that alcohol will mellow in time before the beer peaks. Tasty from the first to the last sip.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of lackenhauser, thanks Steve! Pours a dark copper color with an ample cap of tan head.

Nose is sweet and caramely with a touch of honey and bourbon. Fair amount of alcohol and heat. This might be the first bourbon barrel aged Scotch Ale I have had.

Interesting...it is not really all that sweet, but has a mild cinnamon-dusted fruit aspect. Bourbon is plenty noticeable and I am thinking a nice smoke or peat aspect (or both) would go really nicely here. Maybe a fuller body with a little more sweetness would send this one into the 'A' range for me. Very fun beer to try and it does go down with the greatest of ease...especially for a Barrel Aged strong beer. Id love to have this available locally, quite a unique treat.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

Pours a murky amber color with a small off-white head. Smells incredibly mild and bland. There is a little bit of fruit, maybe some oak, vanilla and toffee malts. The flavor is also fairly bland. Some toffee and brown sugar with a bit of vanilla and dark fruits. Really just not a lot going on in this one. A bit thin body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split this with a buddy a few weeks ago, review from notes, served in tasting snifters. The beer pours a muddy orange, average head, good lacing. The nose is fruity, with notes of oak, and very light bourbon. Lots of malty sweetness, some oak, vanilla, nice malty finish. Neither my friend nor I really picked up any bourbon. The body is full, good carbonation, no discernable alcohol. I liked it, but I marked down the taste because I could not pick up any bourbon. I actually thought it was aged on oak instead of bourbon.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown/plum color with a small tan head that reduces to a very thin layer on top. Not much lacing at all.

S: A little bit of bourbon, some vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, and a little bit of oak.

T: Very similar to the aroma, some bourbon and vanilla, a little bit of caramel, oak, and some dark fruit, mostly plum and a little bit of raisin.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth, no sign of the abv.

O: A good scotch ale, the bourbon adds a nice element to it. Not the same as Backwoods, and thats not a bad thing at all. Not as in your face, and probably drinks a little easier because of it.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Eric or Shep (can't remember). Bottle poured into tulip.

A - Pours a burnt orange color, white thin head, thin ring, some bubbles on top and a very thin cap. Slighty spotty lacing.

S - Fruity notes, burnt sugars, sweet malts. No real alcohol notes on the nose, which is nice for almost 10%. The sweetness isn't overpowering, just about right.

T - Similar to the nose. Nice fruity sweetness, malts, burnt sugars, candy, slight caramel, some alcohol. A little more alcohol on the palate then the nose, but still, not all that bad. Sweet sugary finish.

M - Medium, light carbonation, syrupy finish.

O - A good representation of the style, but nothing mind-blowing here. Nice subtle sweetness, smooth alcohol, good carbonation. I would have again, but not seek out.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to tasting glass at a NoVA Beer Tasting on 10/23/11
*From notes

-- Thanks to John & Eric for supplying the goods --

A: Molasses brown in color. A standard pour yields a dissapointing .25 finger head and minimal lacing or retention. it should also be noted that some pretty epic chunks of sediement from the bottom of the bottle landed in my glass upon my pour.

S: It's all dense, toasted wood and alcohol esters. Not overly pleasant.

T: This is pretty hot and one dimensional right now. It seems this needs some serious time in the bottle, as all I really get is char and bourbony alcohol. The malty sweetness and balance simply isn't there yet. Maybe eight to twelve months in the cellar will help.

M: Not overly viscous. Like the rest of their big beer lineup, this isn't as dense as I'd like, yet it's not a watery mess or anything.

O: I was so pumped for Evo's Menagerie #3 Redux. You can imagine how dissapointed I was to find how out of whack this currently is. The potential is certainly there, yet the balance is nowhere to be found as of this tasting. My only hope is that a cellar sentence of at least eight months will straighten this bad boy out. Otherwise, my three bottles will be hitting the trading forum.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle last night, sampled on draft at T Bonz today.

Pours a still, thick and muddy ruby brown with a transient cream color head that instantly fades to nothing. Vanilla, bourbon, figs, plum and raisin dominate the nose. Impressive balance between barrel and beer in the flavor as it has a distinct scotch ale flavor and mealtimes with sweet but not cloying vanilla and sugar from the barrel. Thick and smooth with light carbonation and a dry finish. Tried the bottle alongside CCB Big Sound and the two bottled variants and this was a pleasant surprise; distinct from the CCBs and more nuanced.

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a dark caramel color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of the barrel aged character to it. I get some malty, brown sugar like sweetness mixing with some stronger bourbon alcohol, vanilla and woody oak flavors.

The taste also showed a good amount of the barrel character. More of the bourbon flavor came out up front with the vanilla and oaky flavors showing more towards the finish. Towards the finish some of the malty, brown sugar and dark fruits of the base beer started to shine through. Really nice finish, it was a little bourbon barrel dominated up front though.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it was a pretty nice beer, but it seemed a little too dominated by the barrel characters at times. The base beer could have shined through a little more for me. Overall a nice bourbony flavor to it though.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown body with a brown head. Pretty good retention, but no lacing to speak of.

Very fruity aroma that teams up with bourbon and some dark malts.

This beer almost tastes like a dubbel that is barrel aged because yeast is the most noticeable flavor. Tons of dark fruit including figs and apples. There is even a little bit of phenolic flavor. After I get past the yeast, I find that the barrel characteristics are integrated very well. Sweet bourbon without any hint of heat of booziness mixes with a light wood flavor and vanilla. The malt profile is not as dark as the color of the beer might suggest, and overall is quite rich in a pleasant way, with toffee and caramel.

The mouthfeel is a little bit too thin for me, but nothing too bad.

This beer is very good. One of the best balanced bourbon barrel beers that I have come across in quite a while.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleased to have the opportunity to have this rare offering at the Big Hunt in DC. Pours a clear deep copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing ring of beige head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with some light smoky peat, raisins and bourbon oak. Starts with good fullness and malty sweetness with a touch of dark fruity complexity and bourbon balance before a slightly warming semi-sweet finish with some lingering peat. A pretty enjoyable barrel-aged Scotch ale.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/18/11 notes. Had on tap at the Evolution event at FireWorks in Arlington, VA..yes, this is the Redux version. Served in a goblet.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown one in off white head mod carb

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, bready malts, and light dark fruits. Very nice and I like the bourbon and vanilla that jumps out up front.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, wood, caramel malts, toasted malts, and bready malts. Still has the bourbon and vanilla up front, but the sweet dark fruits are there much more than in the nose. Very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a pretty smooth body.

o - Overall a prett good sotch ale. I enjoyed the bourbon and vanilla a lot, and found it pretty easy to drink. Would definitely order this again if I saw it.

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Menagerie #3 Redux from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.