1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

Reilly's Oak Whiskey RedReilly's Oak Whiskey Red

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.05%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by wlevando:
Photo of wlevando
wlevando

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 02:48:39 | More by wlevando
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 20:06:42 | More by oberon
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an excellent red here, heavy on the whiskey, but also beautifully malted, rich and dark red, way more than amber, and heady as they get, frothy tan in color, an inch high, and lasting the entire drink. the nose is all whiskey on this, just subtle sweet malt and vanilla oak notes, very little hops around, but this bottles beer around a little while so they may have faded. the flavor isnt as dominated by the whiskey as the nose suggests, but its still there, not boozy, but the flavors are up front. the grain is not overly sweet, as earthy as it is sugary, rather complete fermentation is appreciated. some vanilla in the finish, but its mellowed by an unexplained bitterness and an even more surprising dryness in terms of feel. this beer is a good mix of red styles, sweet like an amber, dry like the irish ones, and the barrel ties it all together in a rich and unifying way that makes this some of twisted pines best work.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 21:27:12 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of andysc83
andysc83

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

02-01-2014 14:19:41 | More by andysc83
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-28-2014 04:37:47 | More by jaydoc
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

12-29-2013 23:30:46 | More by iatethecloudsfor
Photo of ISmith87
ISmith87

Arizona

3.56/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:57:34 | More by ISmith87
Photo of attometer00
attometer00

Texas

4/5  rDev +14.6%

10-21-2013 14:48:46 | More by attometer00
Photo of OgreSanchez
OgreSanchez

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-28-2013 17:20:09 | More by OgreSanchez
Photo of Lantern
Lantern


2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

05-15-2013 21:41:18 | More by Lantern
Photo of cfalovo97
cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -42.7%

04-09-2013 23:56:15 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of Jasonrm72
Jasonrm72

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

03-28-2013 00:31:42 | More by Jasonrm72
Photo of FLBeerGuy
FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-24-2013 14:42:59 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of fehrminator
fehrminator

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

02-02-2013 21:57:38 | More by fehrminator
Photo of imperialking
imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-18-2012 04:09:48 | More by imperialking
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14%

12-02-2012 04:05:59 | More by djrn2
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

12-02-2012 04:04:08 | More by acurtis
Photo of baklo
baklo

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

11-23-2012 13:39:50 | More by baklo
Photo of MarkyMOD
MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +14.6%

09-17-2012 01:05:30 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of hiphopj5
hiphopj5

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-28-2012 16:48:54 | More by hiphopj5
Photo of soju6
soju6

Missouri

2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 11:15:01 | More by soju6
Photo of Grebdioz
Grebdioz

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-28-2011 10:17:57 | More by Grebdioz
Photo of kkrez
kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +43.3%

11-15-2011 15:20:11 | More by kkrez
Photo of katan
katan

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color with amber highlights. Off white/mocha head formation, breaks down to a film with little lacing.

S - Light barrel flavors come through, caramel and some vanilla. Lightly malty in the background, more of a brown ale base.

T - Starts off with a light amount of caramel and toffee, and then in comes some whiskey flavors. Almost like it was added directly, it comes through very clear. Some oaky flavors through the mid-stream, little hopping. Finishes very clean with a light sweetness and some alcohol warmth.

M - Full bodied, light carbonation. Somewhat sticky. Warming alcohol across the palette.

O/D - A pretty good barrel aged offering. Nothing spectacular. Probably more that the base beer seems somewhat dull. Easy drinking however, not overly filling.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:42:50 | More by katan
Photo of GarthDanielson
GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:34:20 | More by GarthDanielson
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.