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Ride The Lion - Clown Shoes

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431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 51
Gots: 126 | FT: 19
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Dchlocal on 05-28-2014

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Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy glass

Rusty brown body color, slightly muddy looking, with a real nice creamy tan four finger head. Nice creamed retention and whipped up as it falls nicely with some coating ring lacing. Settles to a thin puck.

Solid aroma. Mild amounts of caramel and a warm oaky toasted quality. Mild hints of boozy quality but not overpowering. Very subtle toffee notes. Real nice.

Palate is pretty solid. Nice creamy mouthfeel coating all in the palate. Slight nutty and phenolic clove action flavors in the aftertaste interestingly. Good mid palate of caramel which really hits nicely with the creamy feel. Warmth brings a bit of thin body and flavors getting toned down after some time.

The mouthfeel really seems to be something that really helps and gives the beer some better life as the brew seems to weaken shortly after opening. A solid though barrel aged wee heavy though.

Photo of deford
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber dated 6/19/14 into a Firestone Walker snifter.

L- Pretty light with a nice little head that settles into a thick ring in the glass...looks good.

S- Malty sweetness at first...toffee, vanilla, prunes...caramel...something that makes me think of hops.

T- Burnt or charred caramel, toffee, vanilla...there's very little alcohol in the taste and it fades quickly.

F- Mouthfeel is sudsy and the flavors burst out at you....interesting.

O- Not bad at all...just a little light in the flavor dept. I'd rather have an Alesmith or Backwoods...something that stands out. This is fine...but just fine.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this in the middle of summer, bottled 6/16/14, this was not a summer beer at all, so I waited for cooler weather, and here it is.

Pours a decent fizzy smaller head that fades pretty quickly, not too bad for a 9% beer though, thick legs, dark murky molasses mahogany brown dark colored beer.

Nose is wow bourbon, sweet candy caramel, lots of caramel, little toffee, nutty candy aromas, some caramelized brown sugar, pretty nutty with some vanilla oak, little buttery oak like, faint candy raisin like, and lots of bourbon barrel juice.

Taste brings sweetness, syrupy thick and creamy even, with lots of brown malts, candy, lots of caramel, caramelized brown sugar, little toffee, nutty and juicy, and more candied raisin fig like fruits and nuts. A nice creamy brown malt juice, and then into bourbon, not as much as the nose but a nice bourbon and some barrel juice, and a little vanilla toasty barrel. So much caramel, straight up caramel, caramel candies, caramel fudge, etc. Faint alcohol warmth, with a little alcohol flavor too, with a touch of earthy hop bitterness on the back end. Finish is semi sweet with sticky feel, thick mouth coating, mild booze lingering, touch of bitterness, mild barrel juice and bourbon, as well as more nutty toffee and caramel, lots of caramel, lingering.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, thick and a bit syrupy, caramel like rich smooth thick feel, little booze warmth, lighter carb.

Overall pretty nice, great bourbon nose, bourbon fell off a bit on the taste but still rounds off the beer nicely, with so much sweet characters but not too sweet in general, lots of caramel all over, nice nutty toffee presence, hint of bitterness on the back end, nice level of alcohol, pretty enjoyable but still a sipper.

Photo of kojevergas
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: Purchased in Austin, TX. 1 pint 6 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Generally appealing label art. 2014 vintage (bottled 06/18/14).

11% ABV. Served cold into a snifter and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are above average; I'm not usually very impressed with this brewery but the description makes it sound nice.

Reviewed live as a bourbon barrel wee heavy.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Pale khaki colour. Fairly thick and full, with nice creaminess. Could be softer looking and more supple. Retention is fair for the high ABV - about 2 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Orange-auburn. Doesn't really suit a wee heavy; darker would be better. Translucent, nontransparent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it doesn't look like much of a wee heavy, but there's nothing egregiously wrong with it. It's just underwhelming.

AROMA: Fruit dominates, much to my shock. Raisin, grape, some sugarplum...maybe even dates and/or prunes. Caramel is huge here as well, and there's no doubt as to its sweetness. A hint of buttery diacetyl off-character makes an appearance, unfortunately, but the cream disguises it nicely.

The bourbon barrel character is disappointingly reticent. There's some vanilla, some barrel sugars, and I guess a hint of oak, but it doesn't have a very evocative bourbon character at all.

Aromatic intensity: moderate.

No hop character, yeasty notes, or booze is detectable.

Not good for a wee heavy, nor for a bourbon barrel beer of any style.

TASTE: That obnoxious fruit is more toned down than the aroma suggested, but there's some off-putting orange marmalade character that I despise, and it intensifies until the third act, where it dominates. A heavy caramalt sweetness is present throughout, veering this about as close towards cloying territory as you can get without quite reaching it. The vanilla tastes artificial, and the bourbon character is poorly integrated, failing even to evoke basic oak tones. The bourbon barrel doesn't feel married in any way whatsoever to the base beer, and fails to accentuate any individual constituent note from the flavour profile.

The fruit - while not apt in a wee heavy - is of some interest. As this warms, I pick up on the fruit from the aroma as well as fig and even apple. Odd indeed for a wee heavy.

The malts aren't dark enough and it has all these weird fruity notes, but it's not imbalanced and it's not a bad brew outside of style conventions. If I approach it as a strong ale, it makes more sense. I think they got lucky in that the flavour profile isn't the chaotic mess it could be, but the ingredients don't seem well chosen.

As it warms still more, some faint coconut emerges, the caramel opens up (grr...), and the booziness becomes obvious. The buttery diacetyl is fleeting but present, alongside a kiss of butterscotch - which is as boozy and disgusting as it sounds; it's a good thing its presence is minimal.

By no means a great build (regardless of style), and certainly not a subtly handled brew. But it boasts fair complexity and has a lot going on for what it is.

Depth of flavour: Average.
Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Below average.

TEXTURE: Creamy, fairly coating, smooth, wet, and ideally medium-bodied. Overcarbonated, unrefreshing, and aptly moderately thick. This texture doesn't elevate the beer, nor does it coax out additional nuance from the notes in the flavour profile, but it suits the taste decently. Could definitely use some fine-tuning and dialing in. Its lightly sticky and syrupy feel isn't doing it any favours.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. It does have some alcohol warmth, but it's tolerable.

OVERALL: A sad attempt at a wee heavy (especially a bourbon barrel aged wee heavy), but a respectably average offering outside of style conventions. This is more mundane work from Clown Shoes and I won't be buying it again, but it could be far worse. I'm not sure what they were after with the bizarre orange marmalade emphasis and the absence of any interesting bourbon notes, but the result is wanting. I'll definitely finish this bottle alone (it's good enough for that) but I hoped for a more true-to-style offering. As a side-note, I'm not sure what the "natural flavor" mentioned on the label was, but it can't be helping this. Try taking the artificial crap out of your grain bill and then get back to us, Clown Shoes. And let's take down the caramel a good six or seven notches. I can't see this beer doing well in markets in which it competes with something like Founders Backwoods Bastard. Backwoods Bastard's infinitely higher quality aside, the price point comparison alone is sufficient reason for wee heavy fans never to buy this.

The best element is the vanilla, artificial though it tastes.

The butterscotch/diacetyl gets more obnoxious as it warms.

C

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/19/2014. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, apple, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, oak, light smoke/roast, light nuttiness, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, apple, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, oak, light smoke/roast, light nuttiness, and yeast/aok earthiness on the finish for a while. Slight earthy/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, apple, vanilla, bourbon, oak, coconut, light smoke/roast, light nuttiness, nd yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness and complexity of big dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a fantastic malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged scotch ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

A not-so-wee heavy meets barley wine. Outstanding and delicious.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brillliant chestnut to brown tinted ruby under a thin finely bubbled white foam cap. Produces thin lace and has good legs. Smell: Darker malts, grain, kettle sugars, light caramel, faint smoke. Very slight floral hop aromas. Taste: Big malty palate with grain and kettle sugars, low to moderate esters, finishes dry. Mouthfeel: Full bodied, malty sweetness moderated by slightly warming alcohol. Carbonation moderate.

Photo of rdilauro
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I have been on a quest and so have my fellow workers to find me a Clown Shoes beer that I really enjoy.
This WeeHeavy Scotch Ale was an enjoyable beer. From the initial pour, I could almost feel tons of malt heading my way. After having my nose deep inside the glass, I could envision that the alcohol was going to be deep and heavy.

That first sip, big, enormous mouthful. Soft round full, almost every part of my mouth was hit by this beer. This was followed up with a nice long long long aftertaste.

My second sip gave way to drinking spirits. I felt as though I was having a Manhattan when I had additional sips of this beer. The high level of alcohol came through bright and clear. I thought maybe too much. But when can you drink a beer and think you are also drinking a perfect Manhattan.

I liked this one

Photo of SomethingClever
3/5  rDev -26.1%

A: Nice Carmel color looks like a BA Wee Heavy Should

S: Has a pleasant nose nothing overwhelmingly complex though either. Get the hints of Barrel soft vanilla Carmel smell

M: Thin needs to thicken up to be a big boy Barrel Aged beer

T: Tasted like it was just missing something it hits your tongue and you think ok here we go a little barrel some sweetness should linger but no mutes after the taste and has a little bit of an unpleasant aftertaste not much but something that's makes you think what is that. You get slight hints of vanilla, Carmel, and alcohol then that slight off aftertaste

O: Like most CS BA beers just missing something from making them great it's like you go to the plate for a Home Run then you bunt. I know ppl are impressed with how they churn out BA beers and their availability but I think their availability is due to not being astonishingly good. Grab a Backwoods Bastard or a Thirsty Dog Wulver if you want satisfaction from a BA Wee Heavy.

Photo of Roguer
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky, dark red-brown (almost like a plum) brew topped with a nice, 2-finger beige head. Retention is nice; lacing is scant.

Big bourbon notes from the aroma, supplemented by toffee, dates, nuts, grapes, mild booze, and lots of caramel.

Wow, what a taste! The bourbon is much softer than you might guess from the aroma; I'd almost say delicate or subtle. Reminds me of BCBS' integration of bourbon. Flavor is filled with tons and tons of malts: caramel and toffee; figs and prunes; vanilla, oak, nuts, and even chocolate; grapes.

Smooth feel; barely any alcohol presence, albeit more as it warms. Lively with minimal sting.

This is a fantastic BBA Wee Heavy. The integration of the bourbon barrels is flawless.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Light butterscotch. Some bourbon and vanilla. Lots of caramel and even a bit of grapefruit hops.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Bourbon. Lots of oak. Not a lot of depth to the malt character. Slight bitterness. A little bit of spice in the back. Booze.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy and boozy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Decent beer with a decent barrel character.

Photo of beerhan
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%

22oz bomber, $13.99, decanted into my Backwood's Bastard snifter.

A-Very light bodied, almost thought I grabbed the wrong beer. Light caramel color with a 1 finger light tan head. 3/5

S-Lots of vanilla, cheap bourbon, a little wood 2.5/5

T-Vanilla/toffee bomb with some very strong oak notes. Muddled caramel notes in there somewhere but reminds me a lot of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale 2.5/5

M-A bit acidic on the mouth. Sizzles on the tongue and is rather carbonated. Quite drinkable though, alcohol does not come out at all. 4/5

O-I would have never guessed the alcohol was around 11% and it was rather drinkable. That being said, this bomber is the same price as a 4 pack of Backwood's Bastard and a little more than the price of two bottles of Wulver. This like many of Clown Shoes offerings are completely hit or miss and I would never pay to drink this again. Release it as a 4 pack for the same price and I will consider it but this was a watery disappointment overall. 3/5

Photo of Jjski
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at room temp

A -medium brown, one finger head
S-apples, sugar slight bourbon
T- unfortunately starts with a slightly sour tang, followed by booze and malty sweetness ( too sweet)
M- smooth but lacking effervescence which is not unusual for barrel beer
O- it's ok. I was really looking forward to this , really enjoy Clown Shoes various aged stouts, and I have a stash of Backwoods Bastard and Wulver in my cellar. One of my favorite styles.

Lacking complexity. Slightly sour. It's good but not great ( the same way I found billionaire ). I will age my other bottles and hope for decreased final sweetness and decreased initial sour tang. Hoping for balance...

A bit of age and oxidation may add complexity. It has the malt body to support aging, although the already light bourbon presence will fade.

edit 414/15. Beer is vastly better with more bourbon and less sour. Yippee. I've revised my rating

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%

Not sure what people see in this that give it such high ratings. If I was doing a blind tasting, the nose would tell me this was a Flanders Red. Really nice wood and some earthy tartness in the nose. Followed by not much in regards to flavor. Yeah, there's really not too much going on here. Just some barrel character - vanilla sweetness and some heat. That's pretty much it. Drinks pretty easy for 12% but not that great.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 06/19/14. Served in a thistle glass, the beer pours a murky reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like toffee, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and some dark fruit (raisin, plum). The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some peaty smoke and brown sugar, and there's a bit of apple noticeable as the beer warms up. It's also a little boozy, but not too much. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's rich and a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, maybe I should have picked up another bottle to see how it ages. $13.99 a bomber.

Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Barrel Aged Scotch Ale - Yes Please! A cascading audibly fizzy pour yields slightly more than a fingers worth of tightly packed rich creamy khaki colored froth... Limited retention as this one quickly fades leaving a splotchy lacing and thin collar... The color is a slightly murky medium brown with some faint ruby highlights when back lit... A moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation rises towards the top of the glass... A subtle but very robust aroma... Notes of caramel and toffee ebb and flow with delicate barrel aged nuances... Hints of vanilla and brown sugar... Simple and straight forward, but deeply rich and satisfying at the same time... Lots of complexity lingers beneath the surface... The palate is a continuation of the nose... There is the addition of some peat... A light boozy presence on the finish... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Slightly dense and a bit chewy... Velvety smooth... Light to moderate carbonation... Sleek and slightly sticky... This an a world class brew... The barrel aging is as it should be... It's subtle and adds a ton of depth and complexity without taking away from the wonderful base beer that lies beneath... One of the smoothest barrel aged Scotch Ales that I've encountered... Highly enjoyable... High recommended... Grab one if you can still find it...

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The head is thick, creamy, off white and hides a sexy burnt orange body. The body itself is hazy, alive with carbonation and emits light golden orange hues as the light passes through its outer edges. The head sticks around to accompany you at every sip and the lacing is so thick it marks every sip you take. This is one great looking ale!

Smell:
Caramel, apple and figs melted down in a pot of brown sugar and marinated with alcohol, this ale smell extremely inviting. Vanilla, malts and coffee start seeping through after a while.

Taste:
Thick and smooth, this ale really covers your mouth with caramel, malts and brown sugar. The alcohol itself is well hidden and it tastes like a mild bourbon.

Mouthfeel:
Full bodied and creamy, it very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall:
This is a great example of a Wee Heavy, it really warms up your mouth, and the aftertaste leaves a lingering sweet flavor that just begs you to take one more sip.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: A bit murky Honey-Brown. Tan head with lacing that lingers.
smell: Oak and vanilla. Not a lot beyond that, but that's enough.
taste: Much like the nose up front. Very interesting finish develops with some spice and a touch of burn.
overall: Tasty, different. Kudos.

Photo of Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Had too much bourbon presence. Tasted like I was drinking straight Woodford Reserve which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you love bourbon. I just prefer my BBA beers to be more subtle. Also not enough malt backing IMO.

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is rather hazy amber in color. It poured wit a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Faint aromas of bourbon and alcohol are present in the nose along with some hints of toffee.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of alcohol and bourbon along with underlying hints of caramel and toffee.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink considering that it is a wee heavy and a bourbon barrel aged beer, but seems like there could be more in the way of malty undertones of caramel and toffee.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of ThickNStout
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 13.49. Bottled 6/19/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours dull ruddy brown with a dense three quarter finger off white cap of froth. The head settles to a thin ring around the edge that leaves a few smalls spots of lace.

Aromas of caramel, bourbon, woodsy vanilla, toffee and brown sugar.

Tastes similar to the nose but more depth. Toffee, caramel, raisins, bourbon, mild charred wood, brown sugar, molasses, butterscotch, faint vanilla, something vaguely herbal, a hint of chocolate and an intermediate booze burn. Great mix of sweet wee heavy and barrel.

Medium full feel with an almost mild carbonation. Toffee and mild bourbon finish.

Even more solid work from Clown Shoes. It's good to see them getting more respect as they continue to expand their high quality barreled offerings. Ride The Lion is perhaps not the pinnacle of the style but it is quite delicious nonetheless.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Ride The Lion a couple months ago for $13.99 at The Lager Mill. I did a comparison between my two favorite barrel aged wee heavys recently and I thought I would give this one a try while my memory is fresh so I can see how it stacks up, plus I wanted to open up a limited release for my 1,100th review, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes good with the name and I think it's eye catching. It poured a muddy brown color that didn't really let much light come through and it took on a slight crimson color on the edges with two fingers worth of fizzy and bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but i wish the head had better retention and wasn't fizzy.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some caramel malt, toffee, caramel and sweet malt like aromas and they are are quickly followed by the dark fruits with raisins seeming to stick out the most and it makes for a sherry like aroma. Up next comes the barrel which is on the lighter side and it imparts some vanilla and light oak aromas. This beer had a good aroma, the base beer has a nice aroma, but I wish the barrel showed up much more.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with caramel sticking out the most this time and it's followed by the dark fruits which impart a slightly more brighter dark fruit flavor with no single dark fruit sticking out the most. Up next comes the barrel which shows up more than it did in the aroma which is nice and it imparts a nice oaky, bourbon and vanilla like flavors with the oak and vanilla sticking out the most. On the finish comes just a slight alcohol flavor that's a little warming with pretty much not bitterness and it had some caramel, dark fruits and a good amount of barrel flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it was a little warming, but the flavors were very nice and they worked well with each other.

M- Fairly smooth, fairly sticky, a little silky, sticky, not too crisp, a little warming, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of low carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel, but I wouldn't mind if it was a little less sticky and warming.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, but I started to get a little worried when I got to the aroma and the barrel aspect was pretty light, but it made up for in the taste with more barrel flavors and some really nice balance. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, fairly sticky, a little silky, not too crisp, a little warming, slightly filling and the taste did a good job of holing my attention, one glass might be the perfect amount for me, but I know I'll have no problem drinking the whole bottle by myself even though it is a little warming. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste, it was very nice and it was just what I expect from the style. What I like the least about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, they were pretty nice, but they still could have used just a little work. I would buy this beer again and I wish I had another bottle to cellar and see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes barrel aged scotch ales. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and a little impressed, I started to doubt it a little, but when I got to the taste it really delivered and I ended up enjoying it. Since I did a comparison between Wulver Backwoods Bastard recently I'm confident in saying this is my third favorite of the style with Backwoods coming in second and wulver first, but they are all pretty close to being on the same level. Good job guys, this was a tasty barrel aged Scotch Ale, keep up the hard work.

Photo of Ksoden1186
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a hazy amber brown. About 1 finger head, creamy white. Light lacing.

The bourbon is on the nose right away. Roasted malt. Toffee. Very sweet smelling beer.

The taste is complex. I do get the bourbon on the front of the tongue. Not in huge amounts, but its there. There is just a little burn going down the throat. The alcohol is present, but is hidden pretty well. I've had beers that hide the booze much better, but still, this beer doesn't do too bad of a job at all. Dark fruits. Brown sugar. There is a taste in this that I find hard to pinpoint, let alone describe, which I didn't like at first. As the bottle progressed I didn't mind it as much, but it did bother me the first few sips. I can't put my finger on what it was, a little funk that didn't seem to go well with this beer. But, as I said, this changed as my palate became accustom to the beer after a few sips.

Excellent mouthfeel. Coats the mouth. Rich and thick.

Overall, this was a solid beer. I would prefer Old Chubs over this if I was looking for a wee heavy.

Photo of BigRedDog
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brown/copper color with a two finger head. The head lingers a bit. Very good lacing.

Smell begins with milk chocolate, moves into a sweeter caramel. Slight herbaceous quality to it. Some oak and vanilla.

Taste begins with a big toffee flavor, lots of roasted malt and toffee. Mellows into a sweeter vanilla flavor, some hints of oak from the barrel aging. Mid-palate adds in some sweeter candied dark fruit, dates, etc. Finishes with an earthy and floral quality and a slight booze warmth.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy. A bit of a sticky resin to it, but very enjoyable.

Overall a very good beer. When i first smelled the aroma of this one, I thought I smelled a little vinegar, but as the beer warmed a little, that went away completely, so I figured it was just me.

Photo of Ri0
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Bottled 06/19/14.

A - Dark amber/caramel in color with a 1.5 finger khaki head. Fades into oblivion and leaves behind no lacing.

S - Rich in malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, maybe some brown sugar. Slight hints of peat and butter scotch. Difficult to pick out any of the barrel in this beer.

T - Starts off with a big malty sweetness of caramel and toffee along with butter scotch. The barrel is quite subdued, but adds to the flavor with some bourbon and oak. Finish has some peat and a slight hint of smoke.

M - Medium bodied, typical for a wee heavy with lower carbonation. Stays withing the style.

O - Good and tasty, but falls short compared to Founders Backwoods and Central Waters Reserve.

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Ride The Lion from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.