Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Caramel Cream Ale - Due South Brewing Co.

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Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Caramel Cream Ale
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12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 24.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Due South Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dimenhetfield on 02-16-2013)
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Photo of jaasen64
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into 10oz Goose Island snifter. Reviewed live.

A- Pours a dark translucent ruby red with a thin white head that has average retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Decent carbonation but not extremely consistent.

S- Decent apple aroma, caramel, some light cream, balanced malts. Interesting aroma, fairly sweet- smells like a caramel candy apple.

T- Apple, some oak, finishes with caramel, decent balanced malts. Not nearly as good as nose, decent aftertaste.

M- Fairly thin, very carbed.

O- This wasn't bad but definitely not that impressive. Definitely interesting to try, a bit better then the regular cream ale adding another dimension. I would like to maybe see an imperial version of this barrel aged.

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4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Served poured into a goblet glass from a bomber picked up at the release, 2-15-2013. Nearly room temperature

Thanks to my dad for going to the release and bringing this back to Michigan!

Appearance- Pours a dark, amber red color with a 2/3 inch fizzy, bubbly head that quickly dissipates down to a thin creamy foam atop the redness. The darkest cream ale I've ever seen. Perhaps it pulls some color from the barrel. Nice looking.

Smell- A lot in this from the barrel. Tart candy apple aromas and spicy warm brandy notes begin, but not any strong boozy burn. Kind of a strong spiked apple pie aroma. The barrel treatment really dominates here, as I would expect it to- cream ales aren't usually the most aromatic brews. The creamy sugary malts make a presence at the end, but you really have to be sniffing them out. Unique. I really like the smell of this beer.

Taste- Tart apple at first, burnt caramel, boozy warmth, and ethanol. Finishes with the sweet corn grainy malt notes akin to cream ales. Quite a bit more complex than the average cream ale given the barreling. Still finishes refreshing, malty and crisp as the style should. I think the apple, brandy, and caramel flavors blend quite nicely with the corn flake maltiness.

Mouthfeel- Fizzy and crisp finishing smooth like a cream ale should be. The slight ethanol burn amplifies the bubbles a bit but not overpowering.

Overall- A great beer. I do love cream ales, and this one is perhaps the most unique one I've had. I have to admit that I have not had the regular Due South Caramel Cream Ale, nor have I ever had Laird's Apple Brandy, so I had no preconceptions or expectations about what this would be like. I have had Cat 3 IPA a handful of times and enjoy it quite a bit, so I know Due South knows their stuff. I like this it a lot. I will cellar the other bottle I have to see what some bottle aging does to it. Truly unique in that the fancy barrels are usually reserved for big stouts and big beers. A cool example of a BA session brew. Glad I got some, and I hope they continue to make this one, as well as some of their other brews in barrels as well.

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4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Due South. When I heard Due South was putting their Caramel Cream Ale in Apple Brandy barrels I thought that this could either be great or somewhat odd. Well after tasting it I can say without a doubt that I’m glad they did. Most brandy barrel aged beers are primarily imperial stouts so this is really a breath of fresh air. Easy to drink, no harsh alcohol/boozy flavor and packed with flavor. Let it warm up a bit and the apple brandy really comes alive. Great job Mike!

Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Caramel Cream Ale from Due South Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.