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Yule Shoot Your Eye Out - Karbach Brewing Co.

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 33 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-21-2011)
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3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.
85 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.