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Cask Aged Tripel - Rockmill Brewery

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 34.92%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rockmill Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Hoptometrist on 10-17-2011

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 122
Photo of skaboom420
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Maybe the worst barrel aged beer ive ever had. zero carbonation. Tastes like somebody let a tripel sit out on the counter for a few days, dumped some nail polish remover in it, then bottled it. And im usually a fan of hot and boozy beers.

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Photo of cavedave
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to UcDru for another nice Ohio beer

Pours like no-pulp orange juice, with a thin white cap that scrams and leave a small island and lasting ring. Quite turbid.

Med. strength aroma, rounded tart, apple, candi, hints of citrus, sourdough bread, floral.

Yeast is more prominent in the sip, but all the flavors of the aroma are here, with candi sweet and fruit following closely. sip closes with hints of alcohol and a bit of oaky liquor joining floral and tart fruit notes. As it warms some herbal bitter joins in. Sort of a muddled mix of unbalanced flavors here, not really all that tasty for sure..

Low carb., even for style, a bit too thick in the mouth, with a finish that is less than optimal, as it picks up some sweetart as it gets to prime drinking temp.

I think this one could stand an upgrade, but glad I got to try it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally opened a my bottle of cask aged Tripel from rockmill. Was able to avoid the large settlement that caked the bottom of the bottle. The nose is subtle but there are hints of bourbon/whiskey. The taste is twangy on the front but settles into a nice bourbon/whiskey finish. This is a big one.....sipping only for me.

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Photo of JB62
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a lager glass with no head or real signs of carbonation. Smells of citrus and whisky are nice. Taste of whisky overpowers any fruitiness possibly because of the lack of carbonation. Very disappointed as this beer had a very high price point so I expected better. Would be interested in trying a fully carbonated bottle.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass. Vintage bottle (bottle date is unreadable).

Appearance: A deep gold [slight haziness], very light to no bubbles on the body which unfortunately made no head and I poured this brew pretty vigorously. I am factoring the age of the beer which I'm guessing is three years old.

Smell: Light scotch scent and that's about it.

Taste: Alright it's complex with a unique sweetness to it that makes you think of agave and scotch.

Mouth: Sticky but the carbonation is pretty much gone. Hardcore whiskey makes you think it's infused with scotch...little sweet but the flatness hinders it a bit. Granted this bottle might be slightly old so I factor that in.

Overall: Good brew, little flat which might change your mind if you can actually find a bottle. Great gift nonetheless, feels like the brew was distilled...salud!

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge to Rockmill tulip. Warmed over an hour.

Look - hazy golden brown. Almost no carbonation.

Smell - whiskey comes through very nicely. Smells of citrus and funk are also there.

Taste - Smooth, mellow, whiskey, and some citrus. Lemon seems to come through.

Overall, this is exceptional. Very different, but outstanding. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with the thinnest layer of head which instantly dissipated and was in no way present while drinking. A sparse bubble of active carbonation shows up occasionally. The color is a muddy orange/brown, looks like a glass of apple cider.

Smell: Orange peel and booze hit on the front. Vanilla, earthy spices, and coriander comprise the body. Cloves, banana, and medium bodied fruits show up on the back end. In the end though a rather untamed alcohol heat wins out in the end.

Taste: Pears, cinnamon, toffee, and oak all greet the drinker. Plenty of boozy heat on the body drowns out some banana and cloves accents. Vanilla and some dark fruits shine on the back end with round herbal spices. The boozy punch of the body fades some on the back end to a low roar.

Mouthfeel: Lots of boozy sting. Some pleasant whiskey dryness is left behind. Carbonation of this brew just killed me, being completely non-existent.

Overall: I really do not know what to do with this brew. Red flags flew as a got a barely audible *pop* as I opened the bottle. No carbonation throughout is so odd, especially for the style. Some interesting whiskey flavors shine but there is so much booziness it burns through. This is a new brewery to my area so I'll give them another do, but this is an odd one for sure.

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Photo of maximum12
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for the second time tonight to fiver29 for this, an extra in a recent trade. 375ML bottle split with my wife as we warm up our livers for the Great Taste.

The pour is orange pulp orange with widely scattered bubbles that number less than three score & five. The nose is bouncing around on me, elusive as an ugly redhead. Bubblegum? Belgian sugar? Tons of sweetness, but in & out. Strange.

Cask Aged Tripel is drier than Charlton Heston's powder. My mouth, my palms, my armpits, the carpet, & the toilet are all air-dried in the instant this hits my inner skin. Beyond that, it's strange. Belgian yeast, dehydrated candied sweetness form the base, but that's it for the tripel. Flippant remark of vanilla arrives late. Heavy from the lack of carbonation: half the small serving will be enough for me.

Feels like this beer has had the volume turned down to 4. Other than the dryness, it's muted, the flavors flat. My first taste of Rockmill has left me cool & indifferent. Not bad, but mediocre is a reach.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale golden yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apricots and peaches are present in the smell; these become stronger as the beer warms up and some whiskey also becomes perceptible.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of golden fruit but toasted oak and vanilla from the barrel aging become noticeable,and particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer starts off smelling like a tripel but really gains complexity in the taste as you start getting the whiskey barrel aging. It is a lot more interesting to drink compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle extrad my way from a recentish trade....and since then, it has actually hit local distro. Enjoyed from an oversized wine glass.

a - brew pours a rich orange with a thin oily yet bubbly head that dissipates quickly leaving decent lace on the glass.

s - nose is nice leading with a zesty apple bubblegum with some alcohol phenols tickling.

t/m - taste is fairly boozy and the body is rather thin. Alcohol soaked apples with whiskey.

o - overall fairly meh. I am a fan of tripels and this just misses the mark. Seems like the wrong marriage of a beer and a barrel. Drinkable, but not my thing.

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Photo of zhivago373
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a bomber onto tulip glass.

the first glasses with a semi-aggresive pour yield only a momentary, thin head that dissipates into nothing. beer is crystal clear straw yellow. when i killed the bottle, the beer was hazy orange - my guess is that the bottle-conditioning settled at the bottom.

smells of whiskey character, maybe some oak, slight alcohol esters, some crisp apple scent mixed with perhaps a bit of lemon? not a strong belgian smell.

tastes of whiskey, slight oak, alcohol esters, slight crisp apple, maybe some pale malts but very very faint. mouthfeel is thin and watery.

i'm not super familiar with tripels, but this beer does not stand out to me, and at 21$ a bomber, i certainly wouldn't go for it again. the whiskey flavor is overpowering here, and the 10.5%abv is pretty prominent as well. plus the mouthfeel is nearly like watery. i consider this beer pretty forgettable.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber thickly clouded and opaque; incredible foaming produced a massive head, and even the bit in the bottle foamed up considerably

S: sweet orchard fruits dried on wood; bright and perky and floral

T: sweet fruits delivered along the lines of peach and pear; subtle wood and vanilla; whiskey toast-points in a dense canopy of lush fruits and booze

F: fuzzy and smooth, tingles of spice and booze; lively and full-bodied

O: I really enjoyed this, but I tend to be a fan of barrel-aged pales, like tripels, so there's probably some bias. The tripel base for the beer shows excellent craftsmanship in the Belgian tradition, and the whiskey-barrel wood elevates the ale, lending dryness, woodsy-ness, and the hint of whiskey to this deeply rewarding beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden amber with basically no head. A touch of a vanilla nose. I get clear barrel influence throughout. Not a lot of whiskey to speak of really, but mild hints of it. Same degree of fruits; barely an accent. Almost a soft kind of feel to it, as if it were a liquefied fabric. I've noticed this on several other barrel aged beers as well. Anyways, this is a nice beer. A bit pricey, but well worth trying. Another good one from this brewery. Looking forward to trying the 3 others I have of theirs.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With the Belgian spirit at hand, the brewers of Rockmill brewery tinkers with the tired and true Belgian Tripel style but with an American whisky kick. Its culmination gives the palate and the mind a lot to think about.

As it opens flat, the beer's still demeanor releases a tone of sugary dough and orchard fruit upon the the nose and initial taste. Sweetened with fructose and saccharin, the estery balance comes with apricot and pear with a backdrop of apple, orange and peach.

While the flat and rusty orange beer crosses the middle, the alcohol tones form and prick right through the sweetness with is boozy spice but also with wood spices, caramel and a hearty butterscotch tone. Lightly floral early , its honey-dipped upstart develops into dry straw earthiness just before closure.

That's as the winy ale lays heavily on the tongue and palate with its absent carbonation. This allows for full saturation of boozy sweetness and gravity onto the tongue, promoting a sweeter and more savory tone, but diminishing its aromas, acidity and its lively body. Those sweet textures couple with a dense body to make the beer a sipper, and cloying at times.

Rockmill's Cask Aged Tripel is by and large a well made beer. But is utter defiance of carbonation makes its aromas heavily muted, its taste is dense and oily and its texture dull and flat. Much of that's a shame because I see the real potential in the ale through fruit, spice and vinous complexity.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/18/2012. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apricot, grape, apple, lemon, peach, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light honey, bread, herbal, oak, light vanilla, light whiskey, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes with light-moderate barrel presence; and good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, apricot, grape, peach, vanilla, toffee, candi sugar, oak, clove, whiskey, pepper, light honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, lemon, peach, vanilla, toffee, oak, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, bread, whiskey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and whiskey barrel flavors; with great balance of malt/yeast/barrel flavors and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, smooth, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged tripel. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and whiskey barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviews seem polarized on this one, and there seems to be some batch variation, so I was skeptical to try it, but I seem to have gotten a good bottle of this.

There have been reports of gushers and totally flat bottles, so I held this one over the sink in anticipation. Fortunately, neither fate befell me, and I carefully decanted the beer into a Rockmill stemless snifter (one hell of a fragile glass). A cloudy honey-amber-colored liquid, with a finger of beige foam that receded to a thin but well-retaining layer of bubbles, leaving random coats of lacing on the glass. Tripels are not my favorite style of beer, in fact they may be my least favorite, so the nose wasn't coming off too appealing to me. Belgian yeast, fruity esters, toasted grains. Once I took a sip, the beer won me over a bit more. The whiskey was blatantly obvious, though actually quite mellow and smooth, oaky, sweet with vanilla, notes of caramel, dried fruits, honeyed bread, and a slightly herbal element. Pretty good, to my surprise. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, moderate boozy heat, and appropriate carbonation. A good and interesting brew overall.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light brown color with a one-finger head and light carbonation
S: Sweet with tropical fruit, light caramel, whiskey & spice
T: Matches the nose with the whiskey notes a bit more forward; doesn't quite share the depth of the nose & is a touch boozy
M: Medium+ bodied, a touch boozy, light carbonation
O: I love the local collaboration and overall this is definitely worth a try but I like the regular tripel better

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Photo of bobhits
1.77/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Completely flat. Dense body. Honestly I'm not talking normal flat, I'm talking this is utopia flat. Bubbles compare to water.

Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oaK, bright fruits,

Intense flavors of vanilla, oak, some fruit esters, really sweet. A lot of hot alcohol. This is a messy of over the top sugar, alcohol, and perhaps pear, but again so much over the top sugars.

Flat beer needs to be really special and this isn't there. It's just drinkable and it's too alcoholic.

This mess was 21 bucks and as much as I want to justify what I paid, this is just awful. If you had a bottle with carbonation, that could honestly make a world of difference.

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Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I could find.

A: Instant gusher, overflowing two glasses that I tried to save it into. Hate that. Very very cloudy orange pour - can see mists of yeast floating around. Enormous fluffy and fizzy white head(s) since it was poured into two glasses. ;) Head fizzes out surprisingly quickly but leaves very thick and heavy chunks of lacing everywhere.

S: Heavy whiskey aroma. Sweet with lots of toffee and oak, very fragrant. Vanilla too.

T: Like the aroma, whiskey-heavy. Heavy boozy caramel and toffee. Light fruitiness, some citrus primarily I would say. A bit of spice from cloves and pepper but not much, mainly muted by the whiskey I think. Lots of oak and vanilla, especially in the finish. A little bit of lingering drying oak and spices in the aftertaste. Big and boozy and sweet in general.

M: Pretty heavy, higher carbonation and whiskey cuts it a bit but it's still hard to ignore. Pretty boozy to boot.

O: Whiskey aged tripel, a surprisingly good combination. Big malty and sweet beer for sure, not much in the way of belgian influence since the whiskey is quite strong. It works though. Quite complex and decently balanced.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice huge, sticky, rocky white head and a clear, bright medium gold color.

S - Earthy funk, pears, oak, vanilla, light colored fruit, and some candy sweetness. Overall, the nose isn't that strong.

T - Whiskey, oak, pears, vanilla, slightly fruity, Belgian spice, a warming boozy finish, and a lingering oak Belgian spice and whiskey finish.

M - Vibrant but gentle carbonation and medium body.

O - A nice blend of Belgian Tripel meets whiskey oak barrel without one nuance overpowering the other. One thing about many Tripels I've had is the sweetness, this one didn't have much and I'm assuming it's due to the barrel aging that takes some of that sweet edge off. I enjoy barrel aged beers but a Belgian beer aged in whiskey barrels is an odd combo. (But it works.)

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Photo of Romulos
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in the brewery tasting room alongside the bottled version.
Sound: I could hear the CO2 forming bubbles and the head falling.
Appearance: Tawny, slightly darker than its base beer, and more red hues. Some light came through beer. The head didn't persist very long, but it was white and rocky on first pour.
Smell: Vanilla, caramel, whisky, plums, figs, burnt toast, hard candy, cream
Taste: Plums, apricots, vanilla, sweet bread, rock candy, homemade ice cream, toffee
Mouthfeel: It had a full mouthfeel without feeling syrupy or cloying. The carbonation was restrained, but appropriate for the style.
Overall: This beer matched well with the OYO whisky barrel. It was immediately evident that it was barrel aged, but the whisky and oak were complements, rather than the focus. Between the bottled and draft, the biggest difference was a creamier mouthfeel in the draft, and a more pronounced vanilla flavor and finish.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of RyanMcFly1985, thanks Ryan! Poured into Jackie O's snifter also from RyanMcFly1985! According to sticker on bottom of bottle- Barrel Date: 10-23-11, Bottled on: 2/13/12 (barreled for ~4 months, in bottle for ~5months)

A- Pours a translucent slightly hazy brownish godlen with about a finger of frothy bubbly head that dissipates to about a quarter finger of head. Above average carbonation of quickly rising small carbonation bubbles. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, oak, all blended together for a very pleasant smell. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Sweet Bourbon, vanilla, booze, caramel, some light malts + spices, and a little bit of wood. Bourbon definitely dominates the taste. Lightly sweet and definitely boozey. Sweet bourbon vanilla aftertaste that lingers for a little while.

M- Slight alcoholic burn, average carbonation, fairly smooth despite the slight alcoholic burn (which I guess isn't too bad considering the 10.5% abv).

O- This was a decent tripel, however it was dominated too much by the whiskey and wasn't balanced enough with other flavors. It had some nice vanilla notes, but the overpowering whiskey provided too much heat and an slightly overpowering sweetness. It was an interesting try, I'm glad I got to try it. Thanks again Ryan!

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Photo of mothman
2.43/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a little fizzy beige head. Color is a hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Very fruity with oak. Yeasty. Very muted nose. I don't get hardly anything here.

Taste: Too much whiskey mixed with some yeast, bready malts, and spice. Not a good combination in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Warming, hot, and dry. Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, I wasn't a very good tripel. Whiskey wasn't a good barrel for this beer. Way too dominate.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Alex.

A - Pours a mirky orange color, off-white head, spotty lace.

S - Big whiskey nose, oak, some of the base Tripel sweetness. Pretty big and boozy, and if you like whiskey with a bit of beer, then you'd like this nose.

T - Less whiskey then the nose, but it's still def there. Oak, candied sugar sweetness (not as sweet as the regular version...thank you Lord), whisky booze, and some fruit in there as well. Alcohol is there, no doubt about it. Finish is sweet whiskey booze.

M - Medium, good carbonation, sweet creamy finish.

O - Well, this was a step up from the regular Tripel, which is good. That said, it's so damn boozy I couldn't get through my pour. If you like whiskey and sweets, then you might like this. I didn't care for it all that much.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Eric (TurdFurgison). Served in a Kuhnhenn goblet.

A - Finger-plus of white foam that settles to a solid cap, thicker collar, and spotty lace. Hazy golden body.

S - Intense oak, whiskey, fusels, and vanilla, with some stone fruits in the periphery. The base beer seems largely overwhelmed by the barrel-aging at first, but as this warms up it gets increasingly cloying. In any case, sickening sweetness and harsh whiskey is not a particularly compelling combo.

T - The taste is better, with more of the base beer coming through. Still, it's a weird Tripel, with notes of caramel and brown sugar in addition to the stone fruits - combined with the whiskey and barrel flavors it creates a Bananas Foster kind of vibe.

M - Medium-low, yet somehow zesty, carbonation, super dry, oaky, and tannic. Medium body that seems a tad undersized considering the massive alcohol burn that lingers indefinitely on the back of the throat.

D - Well, it was better than the flat bottle of the base beer (which appeared to have a defective cork). It was pretty challenging to choke down more than a few ounces of this due to the harsh alcohol and overly saccharine flavor profile. Perhaps the first batch had more balance, because what I tried didn't really match the descriptions found in the first few reviews. Unfortunately my bottle was much closer to Spider889's F than mcallister's A+.

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Cask Aged Tripel from Rockmill Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.