Drift Wood - Kane Brewing Company
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
3.79/5 rDev -8.2%
A - Pours a deep opaque brown, very close to black. It looks very close to a stout. 2 fingers worth of bubbly light tan foam on top which quickly fizzles out.
S - the oak/wood character is very apparent. Notes of sawdust, tree bark, and browned butter upfront. Notes of cocoa, bakers chocolate and dark bread. Hints of vanilla hang lightly in the background.
T - pumpernickel bread. Buttery character enters slowly after. Grainy, malty character throughout. Hints of vanilla at the backend while the finish is fairly chocolaty.
M - medium bodied. Medium carb, fairly bubbly.
O - a nice rendition on a well done brown ale. I really enjoy how the wood character comes through. Paired very well with a toblerone.
02-23-2014 14:35:30 | More by Teleweizen2
4.14/5 rDev +0.2%
Found at the Tap Room at the Somerset Hills Hotel in Warren, New Jersey this distinctive brown ale shows a solid, deep black-brown color with a modest off-white (vaguely light tan) colored cover with a solid ring around the edges of the glass and decent waves of lacing left in retreat. The aroma offers a nice bourbon/courvoisier over tobacco malt and peat peachy fruit. Very complex but hard to define. The flavor brings out big oatmeal malt with a decided vegetable grapefruit counter that blends nicely into the bourbon-grass qualities that you anticipate. This is pretty well constituted with a medium-full body that has mellow carbonation for a silky feel that suits this intense brown ale. It suggests a higher ABV than noted but it goes down just fine with great flavor for those that appreciate the bourbon qualities. I'm not typically a big fan of bourbon beer concoctions but this one is done very well and serves as a great introduction to this New Jersey brewer.
01-29-2014 03:58:35 | More by Durge
4.5/5 rDev +9%
Appearance: Pours a nice dark brown / black color, good tan head, leaves some lacing
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
01-21-2014 02:48:34 | More by MadCat
4.59/5 rDev +11.1%
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!
01-17-2014 01:00:16 | More by themind
3.48/5 rDev -15.7%
One day, hopefully in the not-too-distant future, the fad of bourbon barrel aging having passed on finally, select breweries will revive the vintage process, painstakingly nurturing already tried-and-true recipes through daily samplings, racking at the moment of perfect harmony, achieving heavenly balance... One day...
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.
01-15-2014 06:11:28 | More by Bouleboubier
4.31/5 rDev +4.4%
Appearance: The liquid chocolate arrives with a modest khaki head that leaves copious amounts of lacing behind
Smell: Caramel and chocolate with a hint of Bourbon
Taste: The caramel and chocolate opening is followed up by some oak and vanilla tones; the Bourbon arrives in the finish along with a hint of nuts
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; very creamy
Overall: Just an impressive job with a low ABV barrel-aged beer; extraordinary balance and creamy mouthfeel
01-14-2014 23:48:11 | More by brentk56
Drift Wood from Kane Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.