Shotgun Wedding - Country Boy Brewing
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
3.84/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-15-2014 22:30:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.56/5 rDev -7%
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.
08-14-2013 00:13:13 | More by chinchill
4.06/5 rDev +6%
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.
03-03-2013 00:36:26 | More by KYGunner
4/5 rDev +4.4%
12oz draft served at Louisville's newest craft beer digs - the Crescent Hill Craft House
A: Looks the part of a classic brown ale - dark mahogany with ruby highlights; interesting with little head off the tap and no retention - just a slight collar of tan colored foam; minimal lacing.
S: Lighter than anticipated on the nose; some caramel sweetness; faint hints of vanilla and the lightest of a chocolate undertone manage to break through the soft bready/nutty malt profile as the glass warms; to be honest, I didn't get a lot off of the nose of this one, but it could be a result of the plethora of fantastic smells coming from the kitchen just 15ft to the right of our seats at the bar at Crescent Hill Craft House.
T: Assertive maltiness up front in the form of warm bready flavor; vanilla appears late, breaking through with a hint of sweetness along with a light chocolate note; vanilla rises as glass warms to room temp; finish is slightly drying with a toasted bread and a nutty note tailing off while a kiss of vanilla just lingers beyond the swallow to draw you in for the next sip; not overly sweet but with a nice balance between malt and the vanilla on the finish.
M: Fine carbonation breaks through the initial oily feel on the palate; finishes with a nice, frothy crispness; interesting juxtaposition of a darker beer with a much lighter-bodied feel than its initial looks would suggest, but it works for me.
O: A solid brown ale from a great local brewery, and one that I'm glad to have had the chance to try given its limited availability. The vanilla note peaks through late to add a nice, slightly sweet twist on a classic style, making this one supremely drinkable brown ale. If you find this on tap, take advantage of the opportunity.
08-30-2014 04:53:31 | More by Buschyfor3
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
10-20-2012 18:54:26 | More by BEERchitect
Shotgun Wedding from Country Boy Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.