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Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 57
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-05-2008

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 57
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +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. (543 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of wlevando
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
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. (1,335 characters)

Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of katan
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of shand
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-beautiful dark reddish brown with a nice light tan head

S-smells like red licorice and sweet whiskey. smells fairly unique. medium strength

T-hmm not sure what the aim was for this beer, but Twisted Pine missed it. it comes in with sweet licorice that tastes stale. it then goes to a tartness that reminds me of a flanders ale. its quite bitter on the tongue. there seems to be a lack of strong after-taste...maybe some sweet caramel. drinking this with out thinking is the way to go, i found it much more enjoyable when i wasn't examining it

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a fairly dry finish

D-its not an awful drinker. it goes down very easily. it isn't something i imagine getting anytime soon. i do wonder what the ABV is though! If its high, then they hid it well. (780 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of an amber-brown body with good clarity. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Lots of boozy whiskey character in the aroma with some chocolate and molasses in the background.

T - Strong barrel flavors of vanilla and whiskey up front with a slightly tart caramel malt flavor. The vanilla and toasted oak keep coming in the middle with some cherry notes that are accentuated by the tartness of the malt. The beer finishes with notes of cherries, vanilla, molasses, whiskey, and a hint of tobacco.

M - Moderately light body, medium carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Man, this beer is something strange. The barrel character is very strong, almost overwhelming and while there are a lot of complexities to the flavor, each of which might be pleasant on its own, they really don't seem to work well together. The tartness is a really odd touch, it doesn't quite taste like it is infected, but it is really out of place in this beer and I can't help but think it is the result of poor aging practices. It is just a really strange beer, it says it won a GABF gold in 2007; if that is the case either the beer has changed significantly in the last few years, or the standards for barrel aging have gone way up because I can't see the beer I'm drinking winning an award at a state fair, much less the GABF. (1,381 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a lot more impressed with this beer on tap than at home. Not sure if it was the amount I had had already or what. There isn't much depth to it. It's not bold by any means. It thinks about being sour and then decides to let it last for only two seconds. The oak doesn't come through to much. I was a bit disappointed at home. (330 characters)

Photo of dirtyskunk
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,320 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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 (319 characters)

Photo of udchemist
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (258 characters)

Photo of ejrobert99
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  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. (906 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper with a 1.5 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: toasted malt, a touch of whiskey, a touch of oak, some vanilla, and a slight citrus note.

Taste: Same as smell. Sweetness from the oak and malt stand out the most followed by some citrus hops and whiskey finally.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied and way overcarbonated....seltzer like which takes away from the flavor.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel holds it back but thats it. (560 characters)

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,472 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red and hazy with a large amount of carbonation. Dense latte like head that was much too much to start but quickly dissipates. Sour cherries aroma along with some caramel sweetness. Big bite from the carbonation. Caramel predominates in the taste, then comes sour. Sweetness lasts through the middle. Finishing with an unpleasant clash between sour and bitter. Some of the whiskey barrel aging is noticeable in the aroma and taste, but not as much as I'd have wanted. Medium to thin mouthfeel. (493 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (473 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Stubby

This barrel aged treat is yet another brew sent my ay thanks to russpowell, thanks again for the great trades Russ! O'Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red is just that, filling my pint glass with a rich amber beer and perfect clarity. Streams of carbonation rush to the surface from multiple points on the glass. Three fingers of beige head formed easily and when finally settled fell no less than a big fat puffy fingers worth of clump. Great head retention and chunky lacing stay behind in and on the glass.

The nose on this beer is strange and not at all expected. There's not much bourbon at all in this beer but what's there is faintly sweet and mildly vanilla. Toasty grains lay down the base and a mismatched hop profile jumps to the front. The hopping brings a good deal of citrus but all the different aspects struggle against each other and the malt backbone. Caramel sweetness pops up here and there.

The flavor profile brings along a little more bourbon than I expected but it's still very faint. Minimal bourbon sweetness, weak vanilla, and caramel maltiness take charge in this brew and surprisingly none of them are that focused or to the point. The hop profile isn't as pungent as the nose suggested and strangely enough what's there seems almost watered down. Now don't get me wrong. This isn't a bad beer, it just seems unfocused.

For some reason this beer is all around on the weak side, body included. The weight is much lighter than expected, and needed while the carbonation is too lively for the small body. Each drink pushes through too quickly to enjoy and there's just not enough weight.

Drinkability is hurt by all the unfocused muddled flavors. The body doesn't lend itself to being all that enjoyable either. Each mouthful seems to be a quick flash of flavor and then it's gone.

Like I said earlier, this beer isn't offensive but the flavors butt heads and never seems to co-exist. I would pass on this brew in the future with all the other options out there. Thanks for the trade Russ! (2,022 characters)

Photo of onecrazybreeze
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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). (430 characters)

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Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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