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Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel-Aged Rauch - Phillips Brewing Company

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86
very good

13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 4.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Naturally smoked applewood and cherrywood malt highlights this seasonal Twisted Oak “Rauche” (meaning smoke in German).

The specialty grain that endows this beer with its delicate smoke flavour was grown by a dedicated farmer on the fields of Virginia’s historic northern neck, by the shores of Chesapeake Bay. The barley malt was then processed using a traditional floor malting process and then wood-fire kilned at Copper Fox Distillery, housed in a former cider mill in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

After brewing, this beer was gently aged in wet whiskey barrels where sweet peat flavours blended with vanilla and candied brown sugar, infusing the Rauche with a rich complex flavour profile that finishes with a hint of black pepper and a wisp of smoke.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 02-09-2014)
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Beersnake1

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-27-2014 05:19:22 | More by Beersnake1
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BarneyGumble

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-26-2014 20:52:39 | More by BarneyGumble
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Ericbeech_87

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-23-2014 21:30:15 | More by Ericbeech_87
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -12.3%

650ml - no dating - served at 50F

A: deep brown with red hints; soft tan head
S: subdued, mild smokiness; maybe some citrus or fruit cocktail notes
T: quite mellow, long finish, balanced right through to the end; little big of "tang" at the end. Not much in the taste really but what's there is nice.
M: medium bodied. Nice balance.
O: A pleasant subtle beer but not very deep or complex. I like the subtlety but want more layers of aroma and flavour.

03-15-2014 03:57:42 | More by EspressoGuy
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from the bomber into an American pub glass (whatever was handy). A reddish brown brew, on the light side of dark like many porters, with a decent amount of dark beige head. Obviously one is going to smell smoke ... This is like mellow tanned deer hide or moccasin, perhaps ham hocks or back bacon, with another smoky cousin that recalls earthy peat, but with co-occurring sweet/roasted aromas of brown sugar, light roast coffee, molasses. Palate is obviously smoky as well but not at the expense of the other flavors. I have actually had Russian imperial or double stouts that were more pungent in this regard. Beef jerky is accompanied by vanilla, caramel, and black pepper. I suppose there is a little Scottish flavor in here but this is not particularly prominent. The rich smoky taste is pleasing but not overpowering. Moderate body with some chew, oily and smooth but with some astringency from the smoke. Finish is light roasted coffee bean and brown sugar, with some lingering smoke. I think I detect faint citrus hops. Well done. The smoked malts are allowed to shine but the dark malts and barrel aging add another mellowing element that provides balance. Almost nil wood flavor incidentally. Perhaps some would view this as a negative.

03-11-2014 03:40:08 | More by CalgaryFMC
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-10-2014 01:00:29 | More by KStark
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Phillip's Brewing 'Twisted Oak/Barrel Aged Rauch' @ 6.8% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50

A-pour is amber from the bottle to glass with a small tan head which is leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-malty , burnt

T-has a slight 'scottish' flair in the intial taste , quickly followed by smoke and more smoke

MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer

prost LampertLand

03-09-2014 22:44:44 | More by LampertLand
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-08-2014 03:14:39 | More by FadetoBock
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance - Pours a dark copper brown with three fingers of creamy head.

Smell - Campfire smoke, wood, peat, hint of vanilla, whiskey barrel.

Taste - Smokey malts, hint of vanilla, peat, wood (from campfire and from the barrel), and black pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A step up from the previous Twisted Oak series entry. I really appreciate the smoke and wood flavours in this brew. A well done rauchbier.

03-02-2014 05:38:20 | More by leaddog
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-28-2014 04:10:52 | More by schopenhauerale
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Charles_Thompson

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-21-2014 06:28:26 | More by Charles_Thompson
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-15-2014 03:53:16 | More by schnarr84
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

650ml bottle. A barrel-aged rauchbier - awesome, and even more so that it appears to have been aged in Scotch whisky casks (even though the label sez 'whiskey', so I dunno).

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of thick, densely foamy, and cushioned pale beige head, which renders some nice pockmarked concrete wall lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds off.

It smells more of campfire embers and meaty smoke than anything borne of muddy peat bogs up front, a strange additional cigarette ash astringency, bready, grainy caramel malt, tanned leather, faint singed drupe fruit, and subtle earthy, weedy hops. The taste is actually quite laid-back in the gritty, ashy, smokey department, the barrel's peat notes strangely pulling a switcheroo, leaving us with a more vegetal, earthy experience than expected, as the bready, wet crackery malt keeps 'er steady, nothing more than a subtle woodiness arises further from the barrel treatment, and the sedate, lightly touched earthy, leafy hops maintain their tangential distance from the wafting smoke.

The bubbles are fairly soft, and mostly innocuous, the body an adequate medium weight for a lager (this is still a lager, right?), and actually smooth, in a watery sort of manner, especially given the ashy character floating here and there throughout. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt not ready to quite give up the ghost just yet, as the smoky, ashy, meaty, and peaty (meat, meet peat - peat, meet meat!) notes still maintain a gentleman's stranglehold.

A decent rendering of a rauchbier, the varied smoky elements all there and accounted for, and polite enough to let the base malt show off its stuff after a brief spell, all of which leads to a more broadly approachable drinkability than that of the heady Bamberg originator, the one which this offering will eventually share a shelf with around here. And, for a beer with such prominent literal 'barrel' references in its name, very little of said woodiness really manifests in the beer itself.

02-09-2014 05:14:38 | More by biboergosum
Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel-Aged Rauch from Phillips Brewing Company
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