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Almond Joy - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 2
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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!

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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.

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Almond Joy from Jack's Abby Brewing
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