Folklore - The Tale Of Van Winkle - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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Reviews by smokeypeat:
2.83/5 rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Was glad to finally find a bottle of this as I generally like Stillwater beers, and I love PvW.
Pours a deep dark brown bordering on black. Initial dark coffee colored head disappears quickly. Seems to have low carbonation.
Smell is bourbon forward. Alcohol, dark roast, lot of oak woodiness, slight coconut, but none of it is "shining" through, it's just sort of there.
Taste is mediocre. Base beer is not strong enough for the bourbon. It really is just a watered down bourbon beer. The pappy character that I've found stands out in other beers aged in those barrels is not present here at all. More like an Old Grand Dad bourbon flavor than Pappy if that makes sense.
Mouthfeel is where I think this beer gets dragged down a lot. This beer is bordering on flat after it sits in the glass for awhile. Very thin and watery. I get that this is not a stout, but whatever the base beer is simply not up to the task of carrying the bourbon.
Overall one of my bigger disappointments this year. I really wanted to like this beer, and perhaps my expectations were too high. I factor $$ into reviews as well, and when a 12.7 oz bottle cost $15 it needs to deliver better than avg in my mind. Unfortunately this beer does not and I can't recommend it. Pick up other Stillwater to try as I don't think this beer is a good representation of what you typically get.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2012 20:07:01 | More by smokeypeat
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4.06/5 rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle pour for Best Damn Night Of The Barrels held at The Beer Company in San Diego, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2013 16:44:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
Folklore - The Tale Of Van Winkle from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.