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Drift Wood - Kane Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: claspada on 09-21-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter brown color with a slightly reddened tint along the edges. There is a small off-white head that recedes rather quickly.

Aromas begin with strong amounts of oaky bourbon, almost completely dominating. There is a bit of toasted maltiness, sweet caramel maltiness and some emerging nuttiness to help to balance but the boozy bourbon.

The tastes follow the nose pretty much with a small amount of toasted breadiness and nutty maltiness but the sweet bourbon jumps right in to assert itself. Oak, vanilla and whiskey continue to emerge and overtake the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is slightly boozy from the barrel aging.

Overall this is a nice idea but barrel aging such a low ABV beer is usually not a good idea and this is no exception. The base beer is almost undetectable because they barrel aged a 6% brown ale; maybe partial barrel aged would have been a safer voyage but this basically drinks like a boilermaker (shot of whiskey dropped in a beer).

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Amazing brew! this may be one of the all time greats for drinkability regarding bourbon barrel aged beers. Beer pours a subtle head, has a wonderful aroma and the taste is amazing! subtle yet recognizable bourbon notes tease the palate as the brown ale base beer holds strong. This brew was a big surprise and I would purchase it again for sure.

Bottom line: great brew!

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Had this on tap at "best of Philly" Pour House in Westmont, NJ. Final visit before leaving South Jerz as a resident for the last time.

Truly, I can tell there's a decent brown ale at the base of this, however, as it went along, it became a tannin bomb of historic proportions. My taste buds still feel raked 30 min after the final gulp.

Strangely, the lion's share of the bourbon flavor I tasted was in the very first sip. A brief burst of it atop the mildly caramel-kissed chocolate cookie malts. It was a rather quick decent into the abyss of stave-licking after that.

Balance - that's all I ask for. Having this potentially fine brown ale's complexity enhanced with a subtle background note of sweet bourbon would have been a treat. 6 months may be a tad too long, hoss. Might wanna dial it back a few notches. Shoot me an email when that happens.

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Smell: Oak, vanilla, roasted malts

Taste: Some nice barrel character and oak up front, vanilla, theres really mellowed out roasted malts, some caramely malts. Lots of depth to this flavor, but some real good smooth mellowness from the barrel aging

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, low to medium carbonation

Overall: Fantastic. Best barrel aged beer I have had so far. Also appreciate that it is a normal abv beer being barrel aged, doesn't have any boozy character, and is well rounded

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Smell: Caramel and chocolate with a hint of Bourbon

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Drift Wood from Kane Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.