Colorado Barrel Collective #1 - Bull & Bush Brewery

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 5.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Prospero on 04-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Old Ale aged in Bourbon barrels. Collaboration between Bull & Bush, Mile High Wine & Spirits and Grapevine Wine & Liquors
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by chugalug06:
Photo of chugalug06
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dense brew! Black-brown fluid with creamy off-white head. Moderate retention with little lacing. Good clarity.

Chalky, milky, caramel, marshmallow-y, deep and rich vanilla.

Lots of gooey caramel smothered in vanilla, but not fake vanilla. Grapey, lots of boozy heat. Chewy and highly drinkable, kinda dangerous. Carbonation is fittingly high. Bitterness is too dry and sweetness ends too abruptly.

I may be partial to this brew, but I still tired to rate according to style. It's quite solid, but just not at the top of the game. Recommended @ $10/16.9oz

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mhollerb
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really solid beer. Andre (a tremendous beer advocate in his own right) at Mile High Spirits recommended this brew and had a hand in selecting the base malts and aging process. Both the brewery and liquor store know why they're talking about.

The beer has a barley wine appearance, not entirely pitch black but very deep and dark. Not unlike B&B's brown ale. Nose has solid vanilla and bourbon notes with some citrus, though not a usual hop-induced citrus. Taste is one dimensional but not in a negative connotation. A lot of sugary, cherry flavor like in a Manhattan cocktail. I had one of these 10 days after bottling and was glad I gave it time to mellow. I don't recall how long it sat in the barrel, but in my opinion it was just a few months too long. The bourbon detracts from the base ale. My latest bottle was 2 months later. 2 additional bottles will sit for 6 and 12 months.

If you're a fan of Liquid Brain, you'll be pleased; the barrel-aged flavor is very, very similar. Strong bourbon notes, along the same line as BCBS, albeit without the same vigor.

Despite any faults I've expressed, this is one exceptional beer and I'm excited for future CBC renditions.

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

From 11/22/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; had never heard of it and liked it a lot. 375ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a reddish mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Smells amazing, caramel malts, oak, toffee, sweet bourbon, oak, and toasted malts. Medium body and low carbonation. The sweet caramel and swete bourbon is fantastic.

Overall very good, with a great nose. Sweet bourbon ins fantastic, and easy to drink. Reminds me a little bit of MoaS, though not quite on that level. Would love to have it again.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle $9.99. Clear amber-orange color, looks nice, short head. Aroma is nice whiskey, toffee, vanilla. Flavor is vanilla, booze, barrel, robust. My only complaint would be that it is a little thin but it is certainly tasty. Both stores selling this suggest cellaring a bottle but it tastes good right now and it's also not quite worthy of sticking up on like Liquid Brain.

Photo of tylerstravis
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pretty nice. I found it to be a bit hot and also heavy on the oak. May have to pick up a second one to see how it ages.

Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle (bottled April 8, 2014) to a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated September 8, 2014.

A-The brew is the color of dark tea. One finger of grey-brown head fades quickly to a thick collar. A sheen on top leaves "legs" on the glass as I drink.

S-The aroma is sweet with dark fruit (prune, plum, raisin), brown sugar, molasses, leather, and a hint of citrus. Alcohol heat is noticeable. Interesting but not for the faint of heart.

T-The taste is hugely sweet with dark fruit, molasses, and brown sugar flavors. The high level of alcohol is obvious, but it provides a nice bit of spiciness on the finish.

M-The feel is a touch thin for the style with medium levels of carbonation.

O-This is a pretty tasty beer, but it is not one to hide its alcohol or flavor. Some might call it a bit rough around the edges. Nevertheless, I found it enjoyable and it would make a good sipper on a cold winter's night. My biggest knock is the thin mouthfeel, which contributes to the hot, sort-of rough flavor profile. Age might help here.

Colorado Barrel Collective #1 from Bull & Bush Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.