West Coast Red (Oak Aged – Glenlivet Casks) - Bristol Beer Factory
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Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 01/03/14, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass (tasted alongside the base beer “West Coast Red”). Notes: According to the label on the bottle neck, the beer is oak-aged in Glenlivet whisky casks.
Appearance: like the base beer, the appearance is almost identical, dark russet brown colour with bright ruby glows, but with an even more tight creamy head to last, suggesting very good bottle-conditioning as well.
Smell: the nose, intriguingly, is considerably more stale-acidic than the base beer, added with oxidised grapey and green apple-ish notes, some stale elements from old and mouldy oak barrels, but at the same time not much trace from the Glenlivet whiskey itself…
Taste: the taste is essentially identical with the base ale with noticeably milder notes from fruitiness and malts, while being added with an interesting sour-bitter edge, like stale-ish old woodiness as in the form of bizarre oxidised grapes, plus more weird hints from old barrels… Neither assertive nor meaningful contribution from the whiskey barrels can be enjoyed/appreciated on the palate, I’m afraid. Bittersweet toasted nutty maltiness lingers in the finish, along with more earthy and faint grapefruity bitterness, while fortunately the so-called oak-aged elements do not stay on my palate for too long. Ignoring the sketchy stale-ish elements, the beer actually tastes rather decent; but then, what is the point of furthering ageing an already very good product in the Glenlivet casks??
Mouthfeel & Overall: the palate remains refreshing, with a decent body all in all, but the flavour profile shows clear signs of compromising factors from the whiskey-cask-ageing, that the stale-ish and non-whiskey-related elements have been just too overwhelming all in all. Not a successful oak-aged ale, this one, as the base beer comes far more characteristic and consistently tasty…
06-23-2013 20:47:46 | More by wl0307
West Coast Red (Oak Aged – Glenlivet Casks) from Bristol Beer Factory
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