Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red - Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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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
3.1/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
07-04-2008 16:13:34 | More by Crosling
3.1/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
07-04-2008 01:03:00 | More by Beaver13
3.38/5 rDev -3.2%
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
06-19-2008 03:44:59 | More by russpowell
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
Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.