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Yule Shoot Your Eye Out - Karbach Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 197
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 30
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-21-2011

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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 197
Photo of ronzorelli
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had really high hopes for this one. I really wanted to like it.

When I poured it into a chalice, it looked great. Nice dark amber, almost mahogany color. Looked like a spectacular cold weather brew.

The aromas were underwhelming. The slight punch of hops were there and the sweetness of the malt as well, but not a lot of anything really standing out besides those.

The flavor was mediocre. Not a lot going on. Picked up a weak caramel flavor, and a little honey, but mostly, just standard hops and malt. No real spices or nuances in there.

I would say it's better than anything "big beer" puts out, but there are so many great holiday/fall/winter beers out there. I wouldn't bother with this one again.

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Photo of bens0n
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great, pours jet black with a good amount of creamy khaki head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

On the nose its pretty mild, doesn't really have anything special going on, little bit roasty. Not much going on here.

Flavor wise I'm really wondering why they are calling it a spiced beer, I don't pick up on any spice at all, reminds me of a really dark bock more than a spiced beer. It has a earthy hoppy note to it.

Mouthfeel wise it got a funky kind of viscosity, its slick, wet and thick.

I was really expecting a pepper/spicy/clove kind of flavor from this beer given what it was named after and given the spiced beer tag attached to it.

I am a huge christmas story fan and I expected it to be a spicy peppery explosion that reminds you of a bb gun or gunpowder but that was a complete miss.

Its not a bad beer by any means, but I was really let down by this offering, it looks great but beyond appearance it goes downhill after that.

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Photo of bmwats
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Medium dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown white head. Settles quickly leaving a thin beer ring. Slight spotty lacing mostly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Nuts, a little peat, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sage.

T: Bitter pecan shell is prominent, a little peat, hints of fall spice notes and herb, pepper, and slight hop bite.

M: Fairly light, yet bitterness leaves you a pungent lingering that enhances the heft. Pungent finish.

D: Sessionable, although the character will hinder the progression.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head which disappears quickly, spotty lacing. Fall spice and nuts make up the nose. Bitter and spicy. Cocoa nibs noted on the label are barely evident in the nose of flavor profile. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of HTownGuy85
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a couple of these back in November, had 1 left over.

A - pours a dark tubby brown, decent sized head on it. Leaves plenty of lacing.

S - spices! Can definitely smell them. Malty, very slight hop aroma.

T - spices are well balanced, but nothing special. Not the best Winter Warmee I've had, but definitely not the worst. Malts are prevalent, finishes off with a slight hop flavor.

M - lightly carbonated, little thick. Very smooth.

Overall, I wouldn't seek the brew, but I'd have one if offered. Not very impressed by it.

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Photo of Premo88
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bomber poured into nonic

L: dark brown, 100% clear throughout the column but so dark it's tricky getting the light right so you can see it; huge thick head of tan foam -- the thing explodes and forces you to slow the pour, and the head lasts for some time, including leaving an island of foam in the center of the beer surrounded by a thick collar, looks like a moat; lots of stick off the head and some lacing on the way down

S: spices galore, much like the pumpkin ales and winter warmers I've been trying out this season; a bit of lighter sweet malt underneath the spice

T: this is *not* a pumpkin ale or winter warmer ... SPICES! tons and tons of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg ... so much spice you wonder if there's not also some chili in there; just a hint of standard light barley malt, offers a bit of sweetness, but the spice flavors never slow down

F: full but light because of the extreme amount of bubbly carbonation; it melts in your mouth

O: you want a spiced beer, here you go. if you don't, stay away -- this resembles what most of us think of as beer in the slimmest of ways

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Photo of mpk_tx
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate what Karbach has done here, but this one's just not really for me. It's coffee-dark with assertive cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice smell and flavor. Borderline too sweet. I'm not totally averse to heavily spiced brews, this just doesn't jive with my palate too well. Had one of the four-pack and gave the others to my buddy who loves it.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear darker brown color with off-white, dark ivory colored head. Nuts, spice, caramel, and toasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spice and sweetness.

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Photo of yummybluewaffle
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fair amount of spiciness, which might limit its drinkability but in a good way! Quite tasty of a beer. Probably wouldn't have more than one in one sitting though. May consider ordering again

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both mild. Strong black licorice aroma with mild cinnamon/nutmeg. Mildly roasted taste with black licorice, cinnamon and nutmeg. More of a licorice aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but not something I would seek out to drink.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter, canned 11/9/15

A- pours a deep brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- spicy ginger, cinnamon & nutmeg aroma mixes with a chocolaty malt sweetness, giving notes of fruit cake, orange peel & brown sugar

T- plenty of holiday spicing up front with an emphasis on ginger & cinnamon, followed by some citrus peel and brown malts. Light cocoa nib sweetness before finishing with more spices

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a nice holiday ale that has plenty of spicing, but the abv helps hold up with he bold ginger flavors

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and 1 and 1/2 finger of tan head

Smell: Spices including cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: Spice forward with many holiday flavors such as allspice, nutmeg, and cocoa

Mouthfeel: Moderately thin

Overall: A nice festive beer that is a bit one-dimensional. If you enjoy christmas beers and love holiday spices then this will be really enjoyable. If you want complexity then this may not be for you.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz can ("crafted on 110515") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep but still clear, cola brown with a fizzy head of tan foam; spare lacing.

Smell: Mildly roasted malt, dark caramel, molasses and plenty of holiday baking spices.

Taste: Plenty of toasty and roasted malt, sweet molasses and toffee, slight cocoa, holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and some fruit, both citrus and dried (fruitcake?). Some balancing roast and earthy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: A nice winter warmer, verging on a bit sweet, brimming with plenty of seasonal spice.

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Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No idea as to the date on this one.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a decent sized and fizzy tan head. Decent head retention and so-so lacing. Just a little splotchiness here and there.

S: Interesting aroma. Chocolate and oranges? Huh.

T: Hmph, lots of ginger and cinnamon initially. Light orange and some very bittersweet cocoa. Finish is more cinnamon and maybe a hint of star anise?

M: Medium bodied, heavily spiced.

O: Not bad. Pretty typical "winter warmer" type beer. Orange is a nice unique bit but it's very mild in the flavor so it doesn't add a whole lot. Overall decent brew.

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Photo of joeyfeets
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a strong aroma of allspice & toffee. It tastes of chocolate & bready caramel, with a finish of holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc). Very smooth sipper thats not too over the top. Perfect way to cap off a day of battling against Black Bart!

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into CCB Snifter - another one received in recent haul from Azzy

A: Very dark brown, with 1 finger beige head that sits around for a decent amount of time and leaves a very nice ring around the top of the brew. Laces the glass nicely.

S: Very malty smelling. Figs, some vanilla, cocoa, and a dominant smell of cinnamon and black licorice. Very pungent - but smells nice and complex.

T: The taste follows the nose. Malty with some hop bitterness. A little caramel and dark fruity figs, but lots of cinnamon.

M: Good creamy, medium-full body. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O: I had little expectations, and I am pleasantly surprised coming out of the glass. Strong flavors and very complex - overall a good first experience with Karbach.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler to pint glass. dark brown, clear, no head, moderate visible carbonation.

Smells of holiday spice(nutmeg, clove), caramel, nuts, wood.

Tastes nice and warm with spice. Cinnamon and vanilla dominate, very smokey wood, walnuts

Feels sticky and metallic.

Is a good winter warmer, but doesn't stand out in a crowd.

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Photo of GorgonSed
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark brown. With a strong light you can see it's clear. Beige/brown head that is thick and tasty. Would like it to be a bit thicker.

S: Smells like gingerbread and pumpkin spice mixed with a dark stout.

T: Lots of spices. Tastes like liquefied gingerbread cookies, but not sweet. Spiced flavor doesn't linger for too long. It melds into a dark brown ale / oatmeal stout kind of flavor.

M: Medium bodied.

O: If you want a spiced stout tasting beer, this is the one for you. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cap to the end of a busy and crazy weekend, that snowed and freezing rain on and off the entire time, so a nice winter beer sounds good. Thanks to ApostleBrewing for this interesting beer.

Pours a big creamy thick rich almost 2 finger head that forces me to stop pouring, that fades at a med pace with nice layered lacing, over slightly clear dark mahogany brown color with faint hints of maroon light sneaking through.

NOse is explosive, dark brown malts, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, plenty of bready biscuit toasty cookie like bready malts. Big time spices, baking and holiday spices galore, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc etc etc!! Somewhere under that is a bit of cocoa, cocoa powder and a little bit of baking chocolate, and ginger... gingerbread cookie is def nice and strong.

Taste starts with bitter mix, between the spices, light roasty like dark malts, and faint hint of earthy hops. Then into creamy malts, creamy almost lush malts with a light possibly lactose or oats, light milk chocolate, as well as a light caramel and toasty brown malts, and into lots more biscuit and bready brown malts. Of course, big time spices, baking and holiday spices are what mostly dominate this beer, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and more gingerbread cookie. A light bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder in the back end again, is more of a background thought but nothing big. Bitterness builds as it goes, between the spices and earthy hops both really ramping, and a light tannin flavor. Finish gets quite bitter and tannic, little salty almost astringent bitterness, plenty of lingering spices, little cocoa, brown malts, etc, quite dry too.

Mouth is med bodied, creamy, decent carb, hint of warming booze in the middle.

Overall not bad, an interesting beer overall, a bit too much on the spices and bitterness, especially as it gets tannic salty and a bit astringent on the finish, but otherwise a nice beer, I like the toasty biscuit brown malts, sweet flavors, ginger bread, light cocoa, etc, and a tasty beer overall. If this were barrel aged it would go to a whole other level I think.

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Photo of puck1225
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. Dark brown color with a thin head and light lacing. Moderately carbonated. Taste of cola, caramel, toast. Pleasantly sweet. A very nice Christmas beer with humorous can art!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of Christmas spices, with quite a bit of cinnamon and some caramel and toffee malt. The aroma is very spicy overall and also has a little bit of alcohol mixed in.

The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of cinnamon and caramel malt, as well as a little bit of nutmeg. There is also some nice raisin notes in the flavor, as well as some other dark fruit such as cherries. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JimPottNY
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Draft in Addison.
Nose has nice subtle spices, nutmeg, corriander cinnamon .
Very drinkable, alcohol presence is understated.
Slight spicyness in finish

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Photo of thatche2
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is extremely dark brown with a nice thick head (good lacing around the glass).

Smell is slightly roasted malt with spices coming through (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove). There is also some brown sugar, orange peel, pumpkin and biscuit aromas present. The smell is not real strong, but there is some complexity.

Taste is smooth roasted malt with cinnamon, allspice and cocoa coming through. The spices are noticeable but not overpowering. The finish has a nice hoppy dryness that plays well with the roasted and slightly smoky notes.

Mouth feel is creamy with a tingly sensation. The body is medium/heavy but not too heavy due to the carbonation.

Overall this is a well balanced winter seasonal with a focus on the roasted malt. The spices come through nicely without being overpowering. There is some sweetness, but the balance is good overall.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Karbach Yule Shoot Your Eye Out Winter Warmer is spicy seasonal beer, dark brown in color, and with a nose of nutmeg, clove, chocolate, and various holiday spices. The beer produces a solid head of foam that doesn’t quit and stays with you all the way to the bottom of the glass.

This winter warmer tastes as spicy and complex as the nose leads you to believe- even more so. I get flavors of caramel malt, ginger, orange peel, chocolate, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and other assorted holiday spices. There is some dark roast in there as well, some plum, and some cherries. The flavors come together quite nicely in the finish where they blend in just the right manner to smooth out some of the initial bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and you get an aftertaste that is satisfying and dessert- like in many ways.

Complex beers are common during the winter season and this beer from Karbach brewing is certainly a complex brew. I like that I continue to discover more taste sensations with each sip and I even had some fun sharing a bottle with another person and comparing notes.

This dark ale is brewed and sold for only a limited time, so consumers need to seek it out quickly while supplies last. The search will be worthwhile, as this is a complex and warming beer that makes a great choice for a cool winter day.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with icetrauma, thanks man. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was bottled recently. Pours fairly clear extremely dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, toffee, raisin, fig, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar, dark bread, light roast, and light herbal. Excellent aromas with great complexity, strength, and balance of malt/spice notes; very inviting. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toffee, raisin, fig, toast, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, brown sugar, light roast, and herbal. Light spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, toast, toffee, dark bread, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, light roast, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; with a great malt/spice balance; and minimal cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent winter warmer style! Great balance and robustness of flavors and spices; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MordorMongo
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas Eve....what better time to break this out with 24 hours of A Christmas Story in background on TBS and getting things all prepped for the kiddo in the morning?

A - Super dark brown, some ruby hues, beautiful thick khaki head, lacing spot on, really a sexy mofo.

S - Roasted malt, a bevy of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove), slight caramel/toffee in there too.

T - Initial blast of smooth roasted malt, mid-palate some dark fruits and spices kick in, caramel, dark cherry, some slight spice but not as dominant here as in the nose. Finish has a nice hoppy dryness which plays well with the roast and dark fruit notes. Some slight smoke intertwines as well.

M - Creamy, carb is spot on, a tad bit less thick than I expected and it appears.

O - Winter warmers are hit and miss with me in general. Spice level is low enough overall here that I find it quite enjoyable. WW's in general seem to be too spice focused where here the emphasis seems more on the roasted malt and dark fruits. I definitely would (and will) bang again...and soon.

If you like Winter Warmers you would be remiss to not track one of these down. If you don't and the issue is they usually are too spice heavy then you may like this bad boy. Also, one of the cooler *theme* I have seen out there. The BA version Fra Gee Lay is up next.

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Yule Shoot Your Eye Out from Karbach Brewing Co.
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