Twisted Oak Stillage Rye Barrel-Aged Bock - Phillips Brewing Company
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3.71/5 rDev +1.1%
650ml bottle. Boy, the names in this barrel-aged series just seem to get longer and longer.
This beer pours a clear, dark copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, somewhat fuzzy ecru head, which leaves a random array of splattered cloud lace around the glass as things wisp away. Pretty swarthy-looking for a bock.
It smells of caramel and spicy rye malt, kind of astringent vanilla-tinged wood notes, some further biscuity graininess, a hint of bittersweet chocolate, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy rye and cereal malt, rather subdued cooked vanilla, a tame woodiness, subtle, indistinct, and noticeably warm earthy spice, and earthy, weedy hops. The extra ABV slowly evolves a presence as things warm up.
The carbonation is quite low-key and almost imperceptible at times, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, but in a sort of underwhelming, bordering on pithy manner. It finishes off-dry, the multigrain sweetness, waning barrel characteristics, and burgeoning alcohol all anteing up.
An acceptable enough barrel-aged version of a style not often put to the process. Add in a hefty dose of rye malt, and this comes off very little like any traditional bock I've come across. More like a biscuity red ale, with those invasive wood essences, of course. Interesting as an experiment, but my palate tired of it before the bottle got all the way inverted.
07-21-2013 01:17:49 | More by biboergosum
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
I was happy to find this in the Snowcase today!
The reinheitsgebot may have something to say about doing this to a bock, but screw it and the style Nazis. The malted rye in the grist and the rye barrel from Hiram Walker is a winning combination (why haven't more brewers done this?). The sweet crystal malt gives it a very domestic flavour, but it pairs well with the rye, whisky and wood.
12-19-2013 04:29:49 | More by Derek
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
Appearance - Pours a chestnut brown with a finger width of bubbly white head.
Smell - Spicy rye, caramel or toffee, malts, light woodiness.
Taste - Caramel malt with spicy rye flavour and a touch of wood. Was expecting a little more flavour from the barrel.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall - The third installment in this series kind of left me wanting more flavour from the rye barrels. Nice malts flavour. However, I wish there was more flavour intensity in this bock to make it that much more enjoyable.
08-11-2013 03:13:25 | More by leaddog
3.74/5 rDev +1.9%
650ml bomber poured into tulip 1/8/13
A clear dark amber with a short lived finger of foam that leaves lace where it existed, just a few bubbles popping up here and there
S spicy rye notes, coco, cola, vanilla, a little wet wood and earthy notes with some nuttiness
T a little iced tea and a hint of booze on top of what I smell, hazelnut comes to mind, good but not that intense
M light side of medium, could use a few more bubbles but far from flat, slight heat and a lingering nutty caramel aftertaste
O not a bad beer but could use a little more intensity, everything's subtle and I was expecting more barrel, interesting enough
One of those beers that I could drink again and its priced well but with so much stuff rolling into Alberta that I've yet to try I doubt I'll taste it again
08-02-2013 03:07:35 | More by wordemupg
British Columbia (Canada)
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
Not as assertive as the other two beers in this series, the barrel aging is to the background in this brew but you still get vanilla on the nose. The beer almost drinks like a wee heavy but the lager notes of the bock really come through in the finish. could be a bigger beer and more nuanced but this is still a decent beer that is worse picking up
08-28-2013 01:33:44 | More by canucklehead
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
Aroma has subtle hints Vanilla and Toffee.
Appearance is of a light to medium brown. Very appealing in colour. Nice sticky lace on glass. Head appears of an off white in colour that is pleasantly long lasting.
Mouthfeel is moderately rich and creamy. Carbonation is nice and balanced my best guess of 2.5-2.6 volumes.
Hints of caramel, toffee, vanilla in the taste. Lightly hopped, that allows the malty notes to shine, yet still provides a nice balance.
I do find the beer to be rather hot with alcohol at only 6.8%, it feels more like an 8 or 9%.
I wish there were more characteristics of barrel aging in the final product, however this is a good example of a bock. I would recommend this beer with a hearty red meat meal with lots of starchy vegetables.
10-27-2013 21:11:56 | More by zemmer49
Twisted Oak Stillage Rye Barrel-Aged Bock from Phillips Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.