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Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-05-2008)
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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a thin beige head atop.Aromas are mainly whiskey and caramel,whoo this is big on the whiskey!A little sharp in the feel but not overly thin,it could use a little more body though.I was expecting a big knock on the head of whiskey flavors but the beer is quite mellow with the whiskey being the main flavor component,a bit of toast and vanilla round out the palate with not much hop presence.If you like whiskey this is all for ya,I don't mind it and find this beer pleasant enough but lacking a few things.

oberon, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a fine off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet sugary caramel malts, cola, dark fruits and bourbon.

The flavor is pretty subdued - sweet caramel malts and cola with a touch of harsh bitter alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not that great. It's a bit of a mish mash with some harsh alcohol that I don't care for.

Beaver13, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of wlevando
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into 8 oz. chalice

Appearance: Beautiful red color. Effervescent head fades to durable, appealing fine foam.

Smell: A lot of strong scents competing. Oak and whiskey (either bad Bourbon or non-descript American corn mash spirit) dominate. A sweet scent comes through. No hop aroma.

Taste: An initial sense of bad American Whiskey is off-putting. This flavor of McCormick fades on the same timescale as the bad memories and regrets that it dredges up from freshman year of college. Thereafter, a much more enjoyable warmth and sweetness endures. And I am left reflecting on the difference between my life now and then. This is much better than lo, those many seconds ago.

Mouthfeel: A decent viscosity makes the initial flavor persist, despite aspirating attempts to assuage the displeasure. That is, similar persistence to a standard ale of comparable alcohol content (5.6, according to the Twisted Pine website). Just too long for that initial bad whiskey nose.

My take: With really, really strong food, this beer would be pretty good. After a mouthful of aged cheddar fondue, the unappealing initial scent would fall by the wayside. The warmth and residual sweetness of the beer and cheese would complement one another. Otherwise, this should be seasoned in a less offensive cask by the brewer or avoided by the drinker.

wlevando, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: ruby amber in color, one inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted maltand oak

Taste: toasted malt, some hops, whiskey, toffee, and a great oak taste on the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, light, moderate carbonation, a nice mix of bitter and sweetness throughout

Drinkability: I wish I bought more of this brewery when I was out west. I love the oak and whiskey taste. I have not had this strong an oak taste with an amber before. I think the most I could have is two in a night, but I would love to get a six.

tigg924, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky reddish brown color, with a huge tan colored head. The massive head fades slowly, and makes we wonder if I got a bad bottle.

This beer smells subtly of Whiskey. It has a nice vanilla aroma as well. It has an oaky wood aroma as well. Very nice.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Some subtle Whiskey, but not overpowering. Vanilla and wood follow.

This beer is highly carbonated, and I wish it was a little less carbonated. It leaves a vanilla and oak like aftertaste.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It has a good flavor, but too many would be hard. Also, I believe the alcohol content is a bit high.

Overall: Thanks to mentor for this great hook up. You are a great man, and this beer is great too.

OStrungT, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

acurtis, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip glass

A= Red, dark ale.

S= Smelled of slight spice.

T= The taste, besides the oak and whiskey, is a lot like coca cola. I could not get this out of my head.

M= typical mouthfeel, not anything crazy, short lived and a nice whiskey taste.

D= Not quite the most drinkable beer and did not have me coming back for more. I prefer a bourbon beer in the stout style, not so much of the red.

GDBEERMAN, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +42.9%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review based on notes

Pours an orangey amber with 1 finger of sand colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Oakyness & that's it

T: Dry, some caramel & brown sugar up front. More dryness as this warms. Finishes very oaky & dry with some caramel & vanilla

MF: Syruppy with minimal carbonation

Drinks alright, too damn oaky & dry for me, nothing special here

russpowell, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev 0%

hiphopj5, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev 0%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of andysc83
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

andysc83, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of shand
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a deep red color with two fingers of head that quickly fade away. The smell is very nice. The whiskey really comes out on the nose, along with some nice hops and oak. The whiskey flavors really come out heavy on the taste at first, followed up by some oak flavors and a touch of hop flavors and some mellow malts. Very nice.

This brew really ends up being more than the sum of it's parts. This is a great brew that's just enjoyable to drink, especially as far as barrel-aged brews go. This is basically a "session beer" for barrel-aging fans. Recommended.

shand, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev 0%

FLBeerGuy, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of fehrminator
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

fehrminator, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Lantern
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Lantern, May 15, 2013
Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

baklo, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -42.9%

cfalovo97, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to JMBSH for this bottle!

Starting the drinking day off with this directive from VDubb. It's gonna be interesting when we finally re-combine our efforts in a couple weeks. This guy pours a hazy soup of garnet topped by a thick finger of cream-colored and -textured foam. The nose comprises whiskey, hot cinnamon, oak, toffee, booze, and a healthy dollop of maple syrup. The taste tones these elements down, though they are all still present, forming a collection that's blander than expected. In addition, a good amount of orange-peel bitterness has crept its way in, colonizing frantically. The body is a slightly light medium, with a heavy moderate carbonation and a somewhat crisp finish. Overall, a tasty brew, but the flavors don't quite meld and pop, and it's a bit on the light and fizzy side. A definite recommendation, but a slight disappointment for me.

TMoney2591, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked me up a bottle of this from the local co-op when she was grocery shopping. Poured into a pint glass, the beer pours a deep, crystal clear blood-ruby coloring with a thick, chunky off-white head packed densely with small, tight bubbling. The nose is slightly boozey and thickly sweet, with some caramel-toffee aromas. The beer has a slight sour initial punch to the taste, but that quickly settles out on the palate, bringing forth darkly sweet flavors of toffee and molasses, with some oak and alcohol characteristics peeking in here and there. The beer remains light, and somewhat oily slick, as you drink. The oak comes through again on the aftertaste, as well as a rich, smokey flavor and a slight souring again. The finish is bitter, and slightly sour, and has an astringent quality to it. Good flavors throughout, but a little unbalanced at times, and the body of the beer doesn't quite fit with the flavors at times, but it is nice that the brew remains fairly light bodied throughout. Interesting brew.

GarthDanielson, May 25, 2011
Photo of soju6
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large tan head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Has the smell of dark fruit sweetness, bit of caramel and a whiskey aroma in the background.

T: Initial tart bite with a sweet whiskey stickiness. There is bitterness throughout with a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth but with a boozy feel and aftertaste with only a 5.6 ABV.

O: Interesting take on an Irish style ale, but didn't really enjoy.

soju6, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of ISmith87
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - 3.25 - Dark brown/red color with tiny white head that leaves a little bit of lacing.
S - 3.75 - sweet, caramel, booze/bourbon.
T - 3.5 - sweet caramel, bourbon, cinnamon, toffee, butterscotch.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouthfeel, alc present, aftertaste boozey, caramel, vanilla.
O - 3.5 - Ok beer. Wouldn't have again.

ISmith87, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of ejrobert99
2.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours reddish with small floating particles & plenty of head.

Slight bourbon note on the nose. Definite alcohol presence. Not terribly interesting or inviting.

I am really curious to know the ABV on this beer. My guess is 7%. The carbonation level seems ok but the mouthfeel is really thin, almost watery. Some vanilla, some sweetness present. The flavors are awkward and don't seem harmonious. A fairly long finish which surprises me.

There is a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

I picked this up as a 12oz single. I love barrel aged beer and it caught my attention on the shelf. It is not obvious that it is a Twisted Pine beer. I wasn't going to review it till I saw that it only had 21 reviews.

Honestly, one of the most disappointing beers I've had in a while.

ejrobert99, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The first time I saw this one, I was excited to try it; I was, however, turned off by the price (oh the days, not too long ago, when a $3.50 bottle was outrageously priced). Finally picked up a 4 pack on sale, and was instantly disappointed. Oaky, with sweet malt, vanilla and a little whiskey. This one was ultimately, unfortuneately, way too sweet for me to enjoy. Nice effort, but not for me.

emmasdad, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of dirtyskunk
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard American pint glass. There is a very thin, somewhat yellowish head which recedes quickly leaving essentially no lacing.

The nose comes on stronger at first, but disappears with the head. I pick up on a little bit of the bourbon and oak, with a general sour cherry sweetness. After the head recedes and the nose diminishes, the only prominent characteristic that remains is the tangy sweetness.

The whiskey flavor is barely present, but it does hint at a nice undertone. The tangy cherry is by far the most prominent tone, first sweet then sour as it moves across the palate. Maybe a little caramel/toffee somewhere in there but it gets lost. The oakiness is also minimal, but it provides a sort of funky bitterness which is very distinct from hoppy bitterness and not at all unpleasant.

Twisted Pine's brews can sometimes seem like beer soda to me, and this beer is quite carbonated but I don't find it distracting or overpowering. It actually forces one to drink a little slower, although it does certainly mask the flavor profile somewhat.

The carbonation holds me back a little, and so does the prominent sour tang. It's fairly tasty but I wouldn't drink more than two at a time partly due to the unmerited price and in part because I can't find any ABV information anywhere.

dirtyskunk, Feb 17, 2011
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Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.