Chickow! - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Triple Digit Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Dope:
3.81/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Dark brown pour. Mid sized fluffy and very fizzy light brown head. Takes an aggressive pour to get much head out of it. Head fades out moderately quickly, leaving only the lightest little slashes of lacing here and there. Decent retention oddly enough.
S: Huh, whoa. I've never had the regular Chickow! but this is totally unique. It's like hazelnuts and brown sugar. Bourbon is a minor presence here with some caramel and toasted sugar. Get some decent vanilla too. Overall quite sweet smelling. No sign of booze.
T: Bourbon up front. Not super strong but it's there with some toffee and caramel. Lots of sweet hazelnut kicks in in the middle and dominates immediately. Decent chunk of vanilla with it again. Sweet and malty throughout. No real bitterness at all. Lingering bourbon and a little oak between sips.
M: Pretty heavy and a little astringent.
O: Not a bad brew. Hazelnut flavor is very strong and overshadows the other aspects of this beer. Bourbon is fairly weak in comparison but it does add some elements of complexity. Hazelnut flavor is good but very strong - a must-have for the hazelnut lover, obviously. It was a bit much for me but it's still a good brew and quite unique at that.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2013 02:24:38 | More by Dope
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2.91/5 rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25
Chickow is a really nice change of pace. Intense sweet caramel and brown sugar with strong hazel nut flavors. I'm a fan. So adding bourbon....will that make it better?
The pour provides a rather dead looking beer, age can do this to beers and mix in higher abv and this isn't lively stuff. Dark brown color with some legs to at least speak about.
The nose brings out some almost fruit like esters which aren't expected hazel nut, oak, and well it kinda smells sour.
I get a lot of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and some hazel nut that I expected or at least assumed would come out. The odd thing is this sour element mixed with brown ale malt. This isn't the chickow I remember and the bourbon is a bit too strong.
I recall the normal chickow being a very rich and creamy beer. This is kinda watery and runny. The lack of carbonation is a huge negative.
I have a feeling there's going to be inconsistency in these bottles and it's very possible this is on the low end. That said given the price and the reality that normal Chickow is better and cheaper, give that one a try first and if you like it and want to see bourbon barrels added give this a tentative try. I may give next years release a shot since I do think this can work, but for now a pass for all but the most hardcore of fans.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2013 01:46:34 | More by bobhits
Chickow! - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Triple Digit Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.