Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red - Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +28.1%
As another advocate has pointed out: If you are not a fan of bourbon then you might want to stay away from this beer.
A hard pour doesn't get much head in my glass. what little is there doesn't stay around much, it quickly ending as a thin ring where the beer meets the glass. A hazy dark amber color with some carbonation.
The scent is a very faint bourbon odor. I know from past tastings (both bottle and on tap) that sometimes it is very strong or can go the opposite direction.
Flavors or bourbon, vanilla, and even a bit of caramel comes from the first sip. The oaked bourbon lingers in the back on the throat and tongue. It is very smooth. The bottle doesn't say what the actual ABV is but since it is just Twisted Pine's Red Mountian scottish ale aged differently that the two are about the same in levels. While the beer tastes strong and the flavor lingers a while in my mouth, it doesn't feel overpowering.
I love this beer. This and other beers like it have me interestedin bourbon while it has also giving me a way to show off great craft beers to bourbon lovers. A coworker of mine after sampling a bottle is hooked and has me looking for more exceptional bourbon aged beers.
08-31-2008 23:42:43 | More by JMBSH
4.38/5 rDev +25.5%
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.
11-17-2009 14:28:47 | More by tigg924
4.25/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
11-16-2008 03:21:49 | More by OStrungT
4.1/5 rDev +17.5%
GABF 2007 gold medal winner for barrel aged beer.
Pretty interesting item. It's not exactly well publicized that this comes from Twisted Pine unless you look really carefully.
Pours a pretty dark brown color with a little bit of head on the top, but not too much. It's somehwat murky and not a lot of light is making it through this one. There's no ABV listing, but it looks to be moderately strong based on the carbonation.
Smells pretty divine. Bourbon being the primary flavor, with a malty caramel sweetness following up.
The taste combines vanilla, lots of bourbon, caramel, chocolate, and a brown-ale like nuttiness. Probably the most potent bourbon flavors I've ever tasted in a beer, yet they don't kill off everything else. The vanilla and nuttiness are definitely there in full force. The whiskey flavors come on strong, but they're really only on the front end. Nice! Reminds me of a whiskey barleywine, but with a brown ale's texture.
Goes down easy and smooth. I polished one off pretty quickly and could've had another. It also made a really good pairing with some gravy beef tips. I don't know how strong it is, but I'd imagine it's in the 7-8% range. I think the whiskey overtones make you think it's stronger that it probably is. I don't think I'd ever drink more than 2, but that's just the nature of the style, too.
I'll revist this one for sure. I've had quite a few beers like this at the GABF, but this one takes the cake for actually getting lots of new flavor from the whiskey barrel.
(Edit): After bottle #2 I realized that if someone really doesn't like Bourbon...you'll want to seriously avoid this beer. This time around the whiskey flavors came on a little stronger. I suppose it makes sense considering this was truly aged in a barrel and the flavor pockets might be a little uneven. Either way, this is not for those who don't care for bourbon.
06-05-2008 15:24:46 | More by Domingo
4.05/5 rDev +16%
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.
03-27-2011 04:20:57 | More by shand
4/5 rDev +14.6%
Picked this up on a recent trip to Denver and Wyoming.
Pours a reddish brown color with a thick, creamy off-white head and some lacing.
Vanilla and wood aromas dominate, with some peach flavors.
Vanilla, bourbon and wood flavors dominate with some subtle peach flavor in the background. Also detect some mild spiciness.
Rich and creamy with a medium-body mouthfeel to it.
I thought it was fairly easy to drink. Had a nice balanced flavor - just enough bourbon flavor without it being overpowering. A very good beer.
08-16-2008 01:28:04 | More by jhu1995
3.95/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
05-25-2011 02:42:50 | More by katan
3.93/5 rDev +12.6%
This pours a hazy, nah, more of a cloudy rust colour with a nice 2 finger head of foam.
The smell sure does have a strong presence of bourbon but I also get a slight nose of citrus but I had to really sniff a lot to get it.
The taste is TEH BOURBON. Sorry for shouting but that intial sip screamed bourbon and I had to reflect that in my review. ;^) Btw, I *do* like bourbon so no problems yet.
There are more flavours here...some good vanilla and toffee, some fruitiness, a slight tartness mid palate, and the finish has a nice bitterish kick to it. Nice. And there's definitely some warming here after the swallow so the drinkability suffers somewhat.
The moutheel initially feels like it's on the thick side(very silky) but overall, I'd call it medium. Good stuff! Btw, the head retention is first class as there's still about a 1" solid layer and I'm down to the last 1/3rd of my glass.
Ok, I've had a few barrel aged brews before. Some I liked, some I didn't. This one tasted different enough to keep me interested for the entire session and I take my hat off, yet again, for this small Colorado brewery. Well done Twisted Pine! I'd buy it again.
07-05-2008 16:53:38 | More by Bitterbill
3.85/5 rDev +10.3%
Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.
Pours a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice creamy sticky lacing left behind. Then nose is malty, with some notes of peach, oak/bourbon. The taste is malty, slightly sour, with some oak/bourbon tones. Medium body, this is a creamy/smooth brew. Drinkable, this is my first Twisted Pine brew, not too bad, thanks Bill.
07-31-2008 01:07:51 | More by Wasatch
3.84/5 rDev +10%
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.
02-11-2014 21:27:12 | More by StonedTrippin
3.83/5 rDev +9.7%
Pours a murky, swampy brown color with about 3/4 of an inch of tan head.
Initial smell is sweet, vinous, raisiny. As it warms the vanilla and whiskey notes begin to form.
Taste is not the whiskey I was expecting but its actually quite mellow with some apple cider tastes, brown sugar and caramel and a bit of sour tannins.
I can't honestly place the ABV but this one is pretty easy to drink and quite smooth...maybe due to the barrel aging maybe not...
Not bad at all.
05-28-2009 21:11:13 | More by indiapaleale
3.8/5 rDev +8.9%
Presentation: 12 oz short botlte, came in a 4 pack. Label has a picture of the brewery's resident dog laying in front of some barrels. No date.
Appearance: Pours cloudy red color, huge froth head that fades slowly and leaves quite a bit of lacing as it does.
Smell: Sour, lots of vanilla, some oaky smells I normally associate with bourbon.
Taste: Again, definitely lots of bourbon flavor here - vanilla and oak. But there is also an interesting fruit flavor in the background, less dark fruit than I would expect, almost a citrus or tropical flavor.
Overall impression: I'm a bourbon fan, and really enjoy this beer. If you don't enjoy bourbon flavors, you won't enjoy this - but I think there are a lot of interesting flavors here to be enjoyed.
12-15-2008 00:33:00 | More by rowew
3.78/5 rDev +8.3%
Thanks urbancaver for sharing
Smell - sweet, mapley, not much oak there.
Appearance - overcarbonated! Beautiful red color, nice head retention
Taste - sweet, whisky heavy.
Drinkability - glad I'm sharing
Mouthfeel - average, carbonation is high, but light.
02-13-2011 00:11:57 | More by udchemist
3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
03-26-2014 20:06:42 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev +5.4%
In 12oz bottle. Poured a dark reddish color, smelled of whiskey, slightly hoppy and malty. Taste of whiskey was much stronger in this year's batch compared to last years, making it a stronger and better tasting beer in my opinion. Tastes of malt, hops, some citrus and whiskey (a good amount, not overpowering). Glad I got to try this beer again and that it seems to have made an improvement from last years (which was also good).
12-21-2008 10:36:03 | More by onecrazybreeze
3.63/5 rDev +4%
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.
02-17-2011 08:17:16 | More by dirtyskunk
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a murky rddish brown. Tons and tons of head. Almost a gusher. Smells pretty non descript at first but as it warms up i get tons of maple syrup sweetness on the nose. Oak is strong on the tongue. A bit thin and lacking but fairly drinkable ... Really surprised to see this one gold at the great ameerican beer fest
02-13-2011 00:18:16 | More by Urbancaver
3.58/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-18-2010 20:49:15 | More by TMoney2591
3.56/5 rDev +2%
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.
12-16-2013 01:57:34 | More by ISmith87
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
Sent to me by the very generous flandersned! I think Steve has indicated that this was bottled about 16 months ago, which is on top of the two years it was aged in the oak whiskey barrels. Gold medal winner at the 2007 GABF, very nice.
The small number of people who have reviewed this beer seem to have rather polarized opinions...I am intrigued.
A: Big rocky white head that stays around for awhile underneath a ruddy red body. Best lacing I've ever seen. Ten minutes later and there are still heaps of foam on the sides. I'm not talking about thin traces of foam, I'm talking three dimensional heaps. Heaps I say!
S: Definitely getting some whiskey bourbon. Also some caramel toffee notes reminiscent of good english barleywines.
T: Starts off with a small sweet sour tingle. Bourbon comes in right after, not overpowering, but very present. On some sips it's a backbone and the toffee flavor shines through, on other sips the bourbon is front and center. Towards the middle I get some of the oakiness. Flavors die away towards the end, and there is not much of an aftertaste to speak of.
M: On the stronger side, but I think it's appropriate for the flavors.
D: It goes down pretty easily, though I'm getting a little tired of the flavor as I make my way through it.
Perhaps this has to do with the aging, but the "red" part of this beer is all but gone. The flavors are good, it's just one-dimensional. This would be an excellent beer to bring to a tasting.
04-15-2010 05:57:27 | More by WorldWideStout
Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.