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Hillbilly - Taps Fish House & Brewery


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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%

Brewed by:
Taps Fish House & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: womencantsail on 01-03-2011)
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3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very deep amber. Quite dark for a barley wine. Medium khaki head.

Smell - Some bourbon. Vanilla. Equal dose of hops. Grapefruit.

Taste - Vanilla, bourbon is muted. Aggressively hopped, it seems. Slightly nutty malts. Bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Strong hop bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Too hopped to pair well with the barrel character.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:21:18 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Arceo


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this 22oz bomber for 20$ at my local liquor store. Barrel aged beers always catch my attention and I decided to give this one a go.

Poured a dark red and brown with a small off white head that fell quickly but left a layer of bubbles and lacing that stuck to the side of the glass.

The smell is malt and bourbon up front, with dark fruits and leather throughout. Very pleasing smell, as a barrel aged beer should. Nothing sour or off about it, very clean. I could smell this from about 5 inches away, as it is quite strong. Very nice!

The taste is quite complex with a huge bourbon kick and a soft bitterness that lingers. Also there is plenty of sweet malt and fruit flavor, plum, some cherry, oak, leather, and hop zest.
I enjoyed the flavor slightly less than abacus but it is still a damn impressive beer.

Mouthfeel is perfect. I wouldn't want it thicker or thinner. It's slick without being overly thick, and coats the tongue with all the amazing flavor each sip. Very drinkable for being 12.6%.

I enjoyed this beer so much I cant help but put it up there with abacus and the like. Sucks that it is so limited though, I'm gonna buy 2 more and age them, recommended to anyone in the So Cal area that can find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 05:07:57 | More by Arceo
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, citrus zest, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, wood, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of woody and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some great barrel aged aromas that don't come through as well in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 17:56:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to Darrell. This was my favorite of the Taps things I tried- Barleywine, Jive and the RIS included.

The beer has a dark brown color with lighter brown red tinged highlights. Ring of head.

S: Nose certainly has a great complex bourbon layer with toasted marshmallow, brown sugar, alcohol, toffee candy, and caramel. These things seem to be a trend in TAPS beers. Kitchen spices on top too.

T: Taste is great, very great mix of deep oaked bourbon to counter the sweetness of the malts/brown sugar caramel, etc. Savory bacon like complex smoked malts too. Maybe some sweets like coconut or almond confectionary notes, very complex sweetness. Very nice.

M: Nice thickness and just a little alcohol heat. Feels nice and balanced over the palate.

Overall really tasty. Great and would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 22:27:20 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell.

The beer is dark brown, slightly crimson. The head is light beige and forms a thin cap atop the beer. The aroma offers a healthy amount of bourbon, followed by oak, malt, booze. Good flavor, with a lot of bourbon. Alcohol presence is minimal, considering the high gravity of this beer. Really enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 23:20:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the brewpub on a recent trip to Cali. Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured a deep red-brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, bourbon, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was quite the excellent brew. This one went down pretty smooth for it's ABV (12.5% IIRC). Had a great aroma and flavor going on here. Out of the three bottles had here, this one was my favorite. This is a definite must try if you go to the brewpub.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 19:44:45 | More by thagr81us
Photo of womencantsail


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle available only for on-premises consumption at Taps in Brea.

A: The pour is a dark amber (approaching brown) color with an almost soapy off-white head.

S: A solid nose to this beer with lots of bourbon and vanilla to start off. The oak is there, but not overpowering. Quite a bit of sweet dark fruit character, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar.

T: This is what you want from a -bal aged Old Ale. Sweet and caramel forward with plenty of brown sugar, molasses, and toasted malts. The dark fruits are here, too, and the bourbon is really on display offering plenty of booze and vanilla, maybe a touch of chocolate, too.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation and smooth on the tongue.

D: By far the best of the three barrel aged offerings from Taps. I'd have no problem ticking this one again, though a more reasonable serving size would be nice (Arbitrator would rate drinkability about a 1.5).

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 21:42:28 | More by womencantsail
Hillbilly from Taps Fish House & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.