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Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

Reilly's Oak Whiskey RedReilly's Oak Whiskey Red

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BA SCORE
80
good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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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)
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ejrobert99

Florida

2.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 04:28:28 | More by ejrobert99
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emmasdad

Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:11:18 | More by emmasdad
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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
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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
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nickfl

Florida

3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 06:28:49 | More by nickfl
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sit dog, sit. Pours a mostly clear darker ruby red color with some brown hues throughout. A big bubbled head that quickly dissipated to the edge and eventually faded completely. Not much lacing.

The nose is noticeably oaky but lacks any beer descriptors. A mostly woody aroma with some off whiskey notes. A touch of vanilla. There are some yeasty notes though. Some noticeable esters, plums, cherrys and figs. No real malt notes though.

The taste is more in balance. The malt comes out with a sugary caramel notes coming out nicely. Some toasted notes that are boarder line astringent but not bad. The oak is present as well but not as dominate as the nose indicated. Some off whiskey notes as well, gives some heat flavor. Almost like a cheap whiskey flavor. Some esters and heat from the yeast.

Body is moderate. A somewhat sugary feel but not under attenuated. Carbonation is light. Overall for the oak presence in this one, there just needs to have more complexity and depth.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 15:53:03 | More by Oxymoron
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joe1510

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 23:15:45 | More by joe1510
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 23:44:46 | More by AdamBear
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 01:03:00 | More by Beaver13
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Crosling

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Autumn color. Full long lasting foam. Aroma has different dimensions. Notes of bourbon with vanilla and oak as well as a lot of tropical fruit notes from the hops. Oak whiskey flavor of vanilla and whiskey. Very light texture. Hardly any malt characteristics. Tropical fruit hoppiness, which blends decently with the barrel aging. Very watery texture. Not very flavorful or complex. I don't see how this could achieve the accolades it did.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 16:13:34 | More by Crosling
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 05:35:20 | More by GDBEERMAN
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 03:44:59 | More by russpowell
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koopa

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 00:42:12 | More by koopa
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claytong

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 09:37:21 | More by claytong
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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
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LittleDon

Texas

3.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 22:35:06 | More by LittleDon
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 05:57:27 | More by WorldWideStout
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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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 20:49:15 | More by TMoney2591
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 00:18:16 | More by Urbancaver
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dirtyskunk

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 08:17:16 | More by dirtyskunk
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onecrazybreeze

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 10:36:03 | More by onecrazybreeze
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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
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udchemist

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 00:11:57 | More by udchemist
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rowew

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 00:33:00 | More by rowew
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Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.