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Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 57
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of koopa
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.72/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of JMBSH
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of joe1510
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
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!

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Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.97/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of katan
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of claytong
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rowew
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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