Burning Barrel - Craggie Brewing Company
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.83/5 rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
64 oz growler into a couple of pint glasses.
Pours a clear dark ruby in the glass, with a finger of foamy mocha colored head. This retains with a thin foaminess, leaving back spotty lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a sticky smelling mix of mellow bourbon flavors, vanilla, toffee, and cocoa sweetness. Those peppers undercut the other flavors a bit, giving off a light spicy warmth in the nostrils.
The taste has a firm base to it of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts, with a smooth vanilla smoothness that mingles in, and then light kisses of bourbon flavor throughout. This finishes with warming peppery character, which lingers on the breath for a bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft creaminess up front, before laying down more a sharp prickly feel down on the tongue. This does thin out a bit towards the back but the overall feel here isn’t too bad at all.
Well this beer was definitely as advertised and I really like how the flavors worked here, with the chipotle notes complimenting the bourbon and then the vanilla flavors from the oak melding well with that base Porter. While I enjoyed this, I think that one glass was about good for me, as I had two full pints out of the growler and the second was honestly a bit of a struggle. Being new to me, I’ll definitely be checking out some of the other offerings from Craggie Brewing as well.
Serving type: growler
04-14-2011 16:45:22 | More by Kegatron
3.45/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the growler a deep chocolate brown with garnet hue,a very thin wispy beige head atop.Light aromas of some bitter chocolate,light yeasty phenols,and coffe roast.Sweeter molasses flavors at the onset with some unsweetened chocolate,the chipotle comes in the finish and kicks in atthe back of the throat,mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and light to medium.This is a winter seasonal so maybe this growler has lost a little punch but this beer seems to lack some of that mentioned punch in my mind.
Serving type: growler
04-13-2011 23:54:47 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Growler shared by Paul - thanks!
Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of heavy roasted malts with hints of cocoa powder and lighter hints of peppers. As the beer warms slight amounts of vanilla make an appearance but the roasted malt and chocolate aromas dominate.
Tastes better balanced than it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light amounts of vanilla and oak. Midway through the sip the flavors smooth out further with the addition of light chocolate. The peppers come into play near the end of the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending and leaving a bit of heat on the back of the palate.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall I thought the peppers were nicely done - not too overpowering. Additionally, the oak chips were nicely integrated. An interesting beer that didn't blow me away but was a nice surprise nonetheless.
Serving type: growler
03-05-2011 03:21:13 | More by glid02
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On-tap at the Craggie Public House served in a Willis glass a deep not quite opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is brown malts, mild oak and just a hint of chipotle. The taste is a nice blend of dark malts, vanilla, oak and mild chipotle warmth. The beer is on the light side of medium with mild carbonation, and I feel like the heat from the chipotle will be more noticeable as I finish the pint. This is a very interesting and enjoyable beer, one I can certainly see picking up a growler of in the near future.
Serving type: on-tap
01-19-2011 22:57:02 | More by atsprings
Burning Barrel from Craggie Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.