Cask Aged Tripel - Rockmill Brewery
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3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
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!
07-08-2012 01:20:24 | More by jaasen64
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.43/5 rDev -39.1%
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.
06-10-2012 16:45:07 | More by mothman
3.05/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
06-07-2012 16:15:30 | More by Sean9689
2.9/5 rDev -27.3%
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+.
05-15-2012 00:09:44 | More by MasterSki
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
750 ml C&C bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip. Let's hope this tick from Alex (Masterski) is better than the base.
A: Pours a hazy gold peach with a thin white head forming on the pour. It leaves some soapy lace behind.
S: Very fruity esters in the nose and they are very sweet as well, almost like a fruit roll-up. Sweet cherry and heavy whiskey finish out the nose.
T: The whiskey is a touch harsh, but I don't mind it. It's a little hot, but the sweet caramel flavor from the barrel and the slight yeast counter acts this a little bit. The fruit smells from the nose didn't really transition to the taste.
M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and nice carbonation. The finish is a little hot.
O: Much better than the base beer. It still needs some time to mellow, but it was pretty solid.
05-14-2012 20:06:22 | More by Treebs
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
Apperance: unfiltered bronze/murky yellow with a 2 inch rolling soft white head
Nose: Candy sugar, bubblegum, whisky and oak
Taste: Whiskey and oak, slightly malty with a slight taste of smoke
Mouth: Very bubbly and forward, dancing on the palate.
Overall: This is very well done, I would have liked to have seen a bit less carbonation and a bit more in the nose but other than that it was excellent.
04-03-2012 01:24:22 | More by 2378GCGTG
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Pears and slight apples on the nose on this one, big fruit - very nice aroma.
This beer pours out a nice dark honey, with some haze and little head. Carbonation looks to be on the low side, lacing is spotty but present.
The taste is where this beer comes to life. Immediately I get that oaken whisky flavor that the beer picked up from the barrel. All the flavor is there, but there is no alcohol burn that normally comes with it. Mid-palate all that fruit from the nose comes into play in full force and dominates the palate with pear, apple, strawberry, and other summer fruits. Honestly, I would liken it to a fruit salad. It doesn't taste like a tripel, but it's delicious!
Very low carbonation, probably due to the cask aging process, and a nice medium body. Smooth, and surprisingly not dry.
Overall this is an excellent beer. I wish it was slightly more carbonated though. Drinkability, well.. it's a sipper, something to enjoy over an hour or two at night. This beer is boasted as a Tripel, yet it has no qualities that I normally find in a tripel, and still it works very well.
02-05-2012 19:55:54 | More by tlazaroff
1.85/5 rDev -53.6%
Grasciously shared at Jackie O's. I was excited to try this because I was avoiding it in stores due to the price.
This beer wound up being fairly disappointing, especially because the base beer is quite excellent.
Cask Aged Tripel is an exercise in char. The barreling was not kind to this beer. Burnt oak and heavy ashiness was overpowering.
Boozy and sweet, with notions of honey fighting to stand up to the brash blackened oak. Gritty ashy mouthfeel.
Not sure what type of barrel was used, but it was the wrong choice for so delicate a beer. Sadly, I was nonplused about how this turned out to say the least.
There are two possible solutions to my -rdev... either there is some extreme Homerism going on here, or else there is some extreme bottle variation. I'm inclined to assume the latter, though that isn't helping to persuade me to pony up for this bottle to try again. Should it present itself at another tasting though I will happily revisit this review.
01-26-2012 02:26:52 | More by Spider889
4.43/5 rDev +11%
$22.49 for a 750 ml bottle.
Batch # 95*/92 Brew Date: *6-1-11
Barrel Date: 6/16/11
Bottled on: 8-14-11
A: clear, amber color with intense rocky head that is incredibly dense and thick and kept it all the way
S: pronounced oak but not over-bearing, slightly cloying and yeasty
T: WOW!, this beer is incredibly intense, deep tripel qualities, cloying with malt and yeast, balanced by a strong taste of oak, a bit dialed back on oak would bring out the tripel qualities a bit more, amazing beer, and there is really none like it
M: rounded, full, cloying, oak adds an amazing element, a bit hot in finish
01-17-2012 03:08:08 | More by wisrarebeer
3.95/5 rDev -1%
Pours extremely hazy, orange. The head is out of control; the cork shot out & hit our vaulted ceiling. It took a while for it to settle down enough to drink it.
Smells earthy, whisky, a little belgian yeast, hints of citrus.
Taste is very complex. Almost bready with vanilla, citrus, honey. The booze is impossible to miss, a little too present for me (in alcohol taste, not the whisky taste itself).
Not super smooth, but very rich feel, kind of reminded me of eating a pear. Lots of sediment by the end.
Overall it was enjoyable, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to pick up another one (especially with that price tag on it).
12-17-2011 22:40:37 | More by vrbulldog22
Cask Aged Tripel from Rockmill Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.