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Almond Joy - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 26
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: n/a
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 2
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bourbon barrel aged Smoke & Dagger with coconut and almonds.
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Half inch light tan head. Cap and collar throughout with splotchy lacing.

Very small whiffs of coconut on the nose.

Pedestrian smoke notes. Just a hint of coconut on the back side. Somewhat muddled. Would guess 6%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Although the rauch is tamer than I prefer, it came out over time. Grew on me. Timid coconut flavor was the big downfall. Worth a try for true smoked bier fans. Thanks for the try mj0126, appreciate it! (461 characters)

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Bottle. Poured lighter brown with a huge head. It smelled somewhat infected. Wood, vinegar, dark malt. Still nutty. Flavor is slightly sour. Dark malt, tartness, wood. Sour fruits and nuts. Clearly not intended to be like this but it was actually still pleasant. (263 characters)

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Growler thanks to Greg (Reagan1984). Served in a tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin collar and specks of lace. Transparent dark ruby-brown body.

S - Interesting mix of smoke, coconut, bread, chocolate, and light oak. Not a lot of overt bourbon/whiskey character, which is appreciated as barrel-aging tends to obliterate lower-ABV beers. Nice blend and balance of flavor.

T - The taste has a bit less coconut and a bit more of the base beer's smoke and roast character. Not as overtly hammy as something like Schlenkerla or even the base beer; definitely more woody, charry, and earthy. Mild oak and whiskey contributes some complementary earthiness, but barrel presence is quite restrained.

M - Smokey and dry texture, with a hint of residual stickiness lingering through the finish. Crisp and clean, medium in body, with pleasant low-to-moderate carbonation. Sufficient heft for 5.8% and held up well to the barrel-aging.

D - Good stuff, and an exercise in balance and subtlety. There's enough coconut, but it never gets fatiguing or cloying, and the barrel contributes rather than overpowers. I could have stood for a tiny bit more coconut, but this is a pretty successful treatment of a base beer that I already liked quite a bit. (1,247 characters)

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Almond Joy from Jack's Abby Brewing
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