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Shotgun Wedding - Country Boy Brewing

Shotgun Wedding
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very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%

Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kaips1 on 05-08-2012)
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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. This is an American Brown ale brewed with bourbon-infused vanilla beans. The beer has a murky, dark brown color with a solid 3 fingers of head that slowly die down to some nice lacing. Lots of vanilla on the nose, as well as some rich malty notes of fresh bread and hazelnuts.

The beer has a medium body with a somewhat firm feel (appropriate for the style) and a mild, slightly sweet flavor. The vanilla definitely shows itself with the malt, making for a very nice flavor combination. I don't get much bourbon, but didn't really expect it. Despite the vanilla flavor, the beer does not taste excessively sweet. Rather, you get a nice balance between sweet malt, vanilla, and herbal hops. The finish is rather short-lived, but I suppose that's common for the style.

Overall, a very nice beer. It's a brown ale that tastes and smells like vanilla - what's not to like? The only thing holding this beer back is the style. An imperial version of this would be devastating. Still, I do like brown ales and this one respects the style while skillfully infusing flavor into it.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2014 22:30:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Lexington.
Small, weak and sticky off-white head over a dark red-orange-brown body.
Smells great, with penty of vanilla mixing with toasted malts. Smells very sweet; candy sweet, so its a relief it is not as sweet as suggested. Still, a bit too sweet for general consumption, but a good option as a dessert beer.

Low carbonation and near medium body; perhaps a bit under-carbonated. Smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 00:13:13 | More by chinchill
Photo of KYGunner


4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silky brown in the glass there was a nice off white fluffy head.

The scent is lightly chocolate with some dry maltiness. Touches of bread or cracker compliment the malts but are distant.

The taste is fairly one dimensional but a very good dimension it is. Chocolate fudge brownie dominates a slightly watery finish. The chocolate fudge is pervasive and delightful and makes this an absolute must if you visit Country Boy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 00:36:26 | More by KYGunner
Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown Chicken, Brown Cow gets a velvety face lift as the chocolate and nutty notes are complemented with the decadent vanilla bean. The results are silky and smooth.

But like many-a-brown ale, Shotgun Wedding appears as the stalwart brown color. Mildly hazed, the beer struggles to permit a highlight of chestnut. Its light carbonation amounts to a light blanket of foam the reduces to a broken sheet nearly half way through the session. Light lacing allows for a bit of added visual appeal.

Musty vanilla rises to meet the nose, just ahead of base notes of chocolate, nuts, toffee, and toasted grain. Surprisingly, a complementary whiff of fennel seed comes to greet the aromas with an oddly compelling scent of black licorice. All of these fairly straight forward aromas are wrapped in a cozy little vanilla scented blanket.

Flavors get back to the basics and celebrate what's best about brown ales: toffee malt provide the foundation, then layers of chocolate, walnut, toast, and grain take turns addressing the palate as the beer traverses across the tongue. It's not until deep into the taste that the soft vanilla flavor comes to life and resonates with a lush and succulent taste that inches closer and closer to dessert-like status as the beer nears its finish. Lightly bitter from grassy hops and toasted grain, the beer's semi-sweet start is balanced and refreshed.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's sweet malt and milk texture hold firm and press firmly against the tongue. Low carbonation keeps the beer velvety, silky, and smooth; despite its hop abrasion and dryness. Finishing malty-dry, the beer is hardly effected by alcohol warmth or hop-derived dryness.

Shotgun Wedding is the perfect beer for vanilla additions. It's chocolate and nutty flavors are turned into a dessert because of the spice. Though it may impede head character and carbonation, the silkiness that comes about is highly celebrated.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 18:54:26 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of barczar


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with amber highlights and a solid half inch cream head that lingers, then leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is nutty, toasted bread crust, vanilla, and a significant bourbon presence. Floral hops and a hint of citrus add complexity.

Flavor is heavily vanilla, initially, with toasted malt carrying into a slightly citrusy finish. Very bready, with lemon, bitter hops, and grapefruit rounding out the profile. There's a hint of burnt bread flavor that may just be due to the use of deeply roasted malt.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. The finish is fairly dry.

Overall, a fairly balanced beer, with malt initially dominating, them succumbing to hops at the finish, and a slight bit of vanilla complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 22:56:14 | More by barczar
Photo of kaips1


4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

First tapping of shotgun at the brewery, this brown chicken brown cow but on Co2 and with vanilla bean "dry hopping".

This is the second attempt to write this review so its the edited version: appearance: nice Carmel color with a nice frothy head of at least a finger or two. Aroma of straight toffee. You wont believe it till you get a glass. Taste is some toffee and then bits of roasty maltiness. Mouthfeel is good because of a nice carbonation and light body, best "sessionable" beer around. Overall awesome beer you need to get some before its gone. Congrats Country Boy well done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 03:13:09 | More by kaips1
Shotgun Wedding from Country Boy Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.