Columbus Oak Aged Creeper - Columbus Brewing Company
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +2.3%
Muwahahahaha. Slipped down to Bob's on Wednesday, I called first to verify and I was told that it would probably run out today. I had no other choice.
Pumped into a shaker pint, I expected a snifter but oh well.
A- This is a cloudy little number, even more so than regular Creeper. Its a totally opaque, bruised fruit color. Mostly orange with toasted tans and browns in the shadows. A loose, soapy head sits atop for a long duration.
S- Oh how I love the smell of Creeper. Adding oak mellowed this aroma big time. It really gets into barleywine territory, but I'd rather not get into the style debate over this beer.
This really smells like an orange creamsicle. The fresh pineapple got toned back, blending into a strong tangerine aroma. Oak is strong, giving this a very woody and vanilla bend. The characteristic pineapple is not lost, however. Its hides beneath, coming out with a few swirls.
T- Wow, this has really mellowed but its become insanely smooth. Sweet vanilla and freshly cut oak sapling is first to the tongue. It keeps the full potency of the strong citrus from grasping the tongue but it doesn't cock block, it blends and flows and hides the already obscured bitterness. The bright hops win the fevered battle by the end, leaving a perfect tropical fruit calling card. The finish is hoppy but plenty of woody residuales are left behind.
M- As if Creeper wasn't thick and velvety enough, they stuck it in a cask. This leaves the beer feeling intensely full bodied and silky smooth. Carbonation is but an afterthought. The finish dried out with lots and lots of woody grittiness left on the tongue.
D- I always have to watch myself when I drink Creeper. With all of the saftey features removed this stuff is dangerous. This pint drained at a frightening pace.
Bravo cbc, well played. I hope to see more of these experiments in the future. A little birdie told me I wont have to wait long...
03-02-2011 21:35:20 | More by MbpBugeye
4.05/5 rDev -8.6%
On cask in a snifter at Bob's Bar in the morning hours of 2/26/11
Cloudy and dull dirty amber color with a hint of brown. Slow rising bubbles initially. 1/4th inch cap smooth foam. Retention is but a wisp. On the other hand, there are nice rings of lace.
Tropical hops a plenty in the aroma; it's your Friendly Neighborhood Creeper. Pineapple, mango & such. A touch of orange. The hops are permeated by lively oak tones which meld with sugar cookie maltiness. Mostly hoppy with a wooden, earthy bent. Well-integrated, if a bit sweet. Musty notions and potency emerge as it warms.
Hmm; this tastes so much more well-mannered than the regular Creeper (this isn't a bad thing, per se). Moderate bitterness. It's really smooth; the hops aren't as aggressive but maintain a resiny presence. Dry oak mid-swallow makes for a stark wooden contrast. Bready malt finish is comparably dry. This is a tamed Creeper but it's darn good.
The feel is pretty thick. Carbonation is extremely low and the beer flows languidly in such fashion. Some grittiness lingers underneath. Sticky, resiny finish with a subtle bitter twinge & lingering oak notes. No appreciable booze.
Surely this is a weathered take on Creeper. While I prefer the regular version, there are no complaints here. Quite the easy drinker.
02-26-2011 08:55:43 | More by Ryan011235
Columbus Oak Aged Creeper from Columbus Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.