Afternoon Delight - Sun King Brewing Company

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Afternoon DelightAfternoon Delight

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72 Ratings

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 32
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-26-2013

German-style Bock aged in a Pappy van Winkle bourbon barrel.
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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 5
Photo of falloutsnow
2.91/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From: Sun King Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
Date: May 2015 release

A rather average bourbon barrel aged beer that's lost most of its original character to the bourbon barrel aging process. It's a fairly obvious bourbon bomb, but even the bourbon is a bit thin and watery here, like the brewers tried to avoid making it explosively bourbon-like, but ended up just diluting what was present instead. Little doppelbock character, mostly of residual malt sweetness that's always in the background. Definitely not worth the price, or the hype.

Pours a good-sized mass of dark beige to tan colored foam, average retention time, fading to a medium-sized ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, with some small dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out orange-brown hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body.

Aroma of strong bourbon/bourbon oak barrel and a bit of caramel/brown sugar, vanilla, and light ethanol.

Beer is like sweet, diluted/watery bourbon with a bit of caramel/brown sugar, vanilla, oak barrel, and modest ethanol. As to be expected, the base beer is largely lost due to the barrel and lingering bourbon and alcohol. Front tastes bourbon, bourbon oak barrel, and syrupy malt sweetness with accents of dark caramel. Mid tastes continued bourbon, bourbon/oak barrel, modest ethanol, a bit of caramel/brown sugar maltiness, and hints of vanilla. Back of ethanol and oak barrel with bourbon notes, kind of flat/boring in that this is the predominant character, with the dark caramel and syrupy malt far in the background. Aftertaste of lingering ethanol spiciness and heat, malt sweetness (toasted bread, caramel, brown sugar syrup), some dried figs, and a bit of bourbon/bourbon barrel character.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, oddly light for the style and that this has been barrel aged. Carbonation leading to a slightly more foamy than smooth (60% foam, medium to large-sized bubbles). Ethanol easily felt in the nostrils and as moderate burn on the tongue and throat. Closes dry, with medium stickiness on the palate and lips.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a murky brown color with no visible carbonation

Smell - I would like to describe the nose as being booze forward. It is potent, but does not burn.

Taste - My initial impression is the bourbon notes are so smooth. Tobacco, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits work well together. The pappy is so well balance with the beer. The booze is there, but it is not harsh or bitter. Only a modest burn exists in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The barrel aging seeks to have caused some of the stickiness of the style to fade. It could easily be a brown ale.

Overall - This beer was worth seeking.

Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Apex. Very unique spicy caramel and oak nose. Same with the taste along with some coconut and light bourbon. A bit thin on the mouthfeel but otherwise awesome.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.44/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a slightly amber brown with minimal head. The beer is slick in the glass and slightly coats from the barrel I can assume. The smell is huge bourbon. It smells like a glass of bourbon. I pick up nothing else but booze. The taste is more of the same. You better really like bourbon. It's not necessarily hot like the nose suggests, but I'm only getting booze. It's very one note. The body is appropriate to style but does not help the beer in this instance. I was very excited to try this, but it was not for me. A few others at the bottle share enjoyed the booziness of it more than I.

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Seeing as how all of the Pappy Van Winkle under the Sun got stolen, that fact makes this beer all the more amazing and special.

The aroma is fantastic. You have to realize that you're smelling a dopplebock base beer and not a stout, and once you do that it makes it easier to appreciate. The lager yeast is definitely apparent, but the bourbon takes center stage. Molasses, vanilla, oak, bourbon and light dark fruit make this beer an absolute treat to smell. I can't get enough.

Flavor is the same. Again, realize it's not a bourbon stout and it makes it a one of a kind experience. So much different from anything else I have ever had. Honestly, this beer was delicious and I had no problem drinking the entire can myself. Same exact characteristics as the nose, but with a little more caramel and brown sugar present on the palate.

For a beer that took home gold at GABF, it lived up to hype and was DEFINTIELY worth trading to acquire. Thank god I have another can to drink!

Afternoon Delight from Sun King Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.