Columbus Oak Aged Uncle Rusty - Columbus Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On cask at Barley's Mini Real Ale Fest 2011. This was the first one I went after as soon as I got there. I had 3 samples of the stuff over the course of the afternoon. This was one of the few that ran out within the 3 hour span of the event, so that's good to hear, CBC getting the love they deserve.
Uncle Rusty is a dark beer. The color hasn't really been altered much here. Its still a dark purple-red, but I think the haziness has been ramped way up by the oak spirals stuffed into this firkin. The head was mostly comprised of loose, khaki bubbles, most of which stuck around for over half of the 6-8oz sample pours.
This particular cask had been sitting on the oak for a number of weeks longer than the one Ryan reviewed. The result is a very oak forward beer. Uncle Rusty's sweet orange and floral hops are still there, but share space with a deeper malt base with notes of caramel and bread crust. The oak aromas seem very raw, I'm not getting loads of vanilla smoothness. Its more like actually smelling oak shavings or almost like saw dust. Granted, vanilla is still there and this beer is smoothed out because of it.
Again, very, very woody. A gritty flavor of oak, pine and sweet orange. The malts are sturdy, but still take a back seat. Luckily I really like the oak flavors here, but I might feel that this has spent a bit too much time on the oak at this point. It just seems to take center stage.
Quite gritty at times, but the body is on the full side and carbonation is low. The beer has really smoothed out, but this was certainly one of the more alcoholic beers at the fest. Not boozy, but a few samples will hit you.
A really nice treatment here. I think this beer took the oak well. I just wish I was able to get out for the first cask back in April. I think the oak on this second, older cask was a bit too pulled out.
Serving type: cask
05-15-2011 21:02:42 | More by MbpBugeye
4/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with pretty much no head just a really thin layer of off white bubbles. These bubbles leave very little head as well just a thin layer of foam.
S- A good amount of tropical fruit hops with a very heavy amount of wood. Bready and sweet malts popping up too.
T- Follows the nose really well. Really heavy on the wood. A good amount of malts here too, but wood dominanted. Good amount of heat from the alcohol too.
M- Medium in body and fairly low in carbonation.
O- Very solid and very rich brew.
Serving type: on-tap
02-27-2012 18:55:06 | More by nrbw23
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On cask, poured into a shaker pint at St. James Tavern on 4/21/11
"That's a bold faced lie"
-MbpBugeye, via text message after I told him the cask was toast in about an hour and a half.
An uneven cap of smooth foam and bubbles sit atop a dense, hazy beer. Deep copper hues and, well, rust tones. Thin retention nevertheless surrenders lots of clumpy lace.
Smells a bit sweeter and maltier than the regular version. Still, the nose has a nice hop note - citric with some pine. Floral notions blend with caramel aromas. Oak tones are most apparent a few sips in when I can get my nose down in the glass. The oak imparts a stark woodiness.
Flavor-wise the hops aren't as flashy either, seemingly tamed by a layer of oak. Piney with an even-keeled bitterness. Further beyond is a caramel and toasty malt back line. The oak seems comfortably at home here. The finish is earthy; lingering oak amid a subtle sweetness and hop twinge.
The feel is where it really differs. Smooth with granular underpinnings. Carbonation is low overall but not nearing flat territory. Alcohol is pretty well hidden though it does creep up after a while.
I was under the impression the mellowed hop presence was natural progression of the beer but Eric and Tony later told me this cask was not dry-hopped. So far CBC's oak aging has done alright by me. Here's to more!
Serving type: cask
04-26-2011 02:57:16 | More by Ryan011235
Columbus Oak Aged Uncle Rusty from Columbus Brewing Company
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