Whiskey Barrel Aged - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jzeilinger on 06-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by B33R501:
Photo of B33R501
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler pour from a pitcher contributes to a low carbonation level I'm sure and the appearance suffers a bit.

Dark brown almost purple color, pretty beer. Big whiskey aroma and taste. Notes of vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, and rum. Soy sauce. Did I mention whisky? Drinkable, but this is a huge whiskey beer and the booze factor is high.

Overall, damn good. And the barrel aging is spot on.

More User Reviews:
Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to chase2634 for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Shared this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from growler into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cinnamon, wood, sweet alcohol, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, sweet alcohol, caramel, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The whiskey barrel was definitely making itself known throughout this brew. This really added a nice level of complexity to the brew but other than that, there really wasn’t that much going on which was unfortunate. Glad I got the chance to tick this one and share it with others, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to try it again however.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle for $5.50. Bottled on 060512; Best By 020513 printed on the neck.
Served at room temperature into a tulip. Sampled 30JUL12

[A] Upon uncapping, the head slowly climbs up the bottle's neck but comes to a frothy stop a half inch above the rim. On the pour, the medium light brown head is foamy but not very compact. Retention is low yet a creamy foamy collar remains throughout. The body is an extremely dark ruby with glimpses of clarity along the edges and while looking through the center of the glass. Random ribbons of lace take hold. Nice look.

[S] Whiskey barrel dominates the nose. A bit of earthy spice (similar to rye and caraway) add complexity to the grain bill. Some cola-like sweetness...root beer even.

[T] Oaky vanilla, perhaps some faint toasted coconut. Warming alcohol from mid palate on, transforming to heat on the finish.

[M] Very fine and tingling with gently expansive effervescence. The body is light yet semi thick and creamy. Not spectacular but it works well with the flavor profile.

[O] I'd guess the ABV to be close to 7% even though the prominent barrel influence makes this beer seem like it's closer to 9%. (The ABV isn't indicated on the label.) This is a well crafted brew and I very much like the idea of barrel treatments for (relatively) low alcohol brews.

Photo of yamar68
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never heard of this brew before but jyoungsbcp kindly sent one my way. I'm excited to give it a go:

Pours a beautiful black coffee brown with a minimal amount of light brown head that retains and laces nicely. Tons of beading comes with a swirl of the glass.

The nose is very strong - smooth peaty leather and caramel, toffee, molasses, more sweet than dark but not cavity inducing. Sort of comes across as a big Scotch Ale.

Not nearly as pungent on the tongue as I expected. I see where the 'brown ale' categorization came from. Watered down peaty coffee, hard water, some scotch characteristics, nothing too exciting really. I love the concept but the flavors could be more aggressive for sure.

I don't really get Weyerbacher. They produce so many barreled beers but each one seems, to me, a little empty in one way or another.

Photo of ShanePB
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Liberty Taproom
10 oz into a tulip glass

A: Dark brown, virtually black sitting in the glass. Up to the light the mahogany undertones shine through. Small tan head forms but it's quickly receding.

S: Plenty of whiskey, wood, sweet malts, brown sugar and some vanilla. Really nice smelling, balanced without going overboard on the whiskey element.

T: Starts of with more of the sweet dark malts with almost a caramel and vanilla quality. Whiskey is next, really powerful and flavorful though not "alcoholic." Nothing burns or is too much, it's very well integrated with the rest of the beer.

M: Well carbonated, lower side of medium bodied which I think may be a bit too thin for the style. Then again, this makes the beer incredibly drinkable, especially for the higher ABV. A nice trade-off but still could use some improvement.

I'm impressed with this one. Generally the series hasn't done much for me but finally down to W and Whiskey delivers big. These guys seem to be stepping up their game lately with their barrel program. Nice work.

Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a layer of fluffy off white head that leaves a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Malty up front with strong whiskey notes. Some caramel and vanilla along with a dark fruit note.

Taste: Definitely getting some whiskey right off the bat. It fades a bit throughout the sip. I'm getting caramel and vanilla notes with a slight booziness. The finish has a slightly strange bitterness to it that detracts from the rest of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but the weird bitterness took away from the rest of the flavor. The barrel notes could have been a bit more refined. I enjoyed it and would have more given the chance.

Photo of Etan
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent by bvdubn in a trade. Thanks!

A: Pours a blackish brown with a small tan head.

S: Sweet whiskey barrel tannins - vanilla, coconut, a little oak and brown sugar. Raisin, cinnamon, wheat bread from the malts.

T: Whiskey element is powerful but not overwhelming. Oaky bourbon, mild caramel and dryish maple, a bit nutty. Slight dark fruits and vanilla tannins come out a bit as it warms. Very well-hidden alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied, lively carbonation.

O: Smells really nice, but the taste is a bit too strong on the oak and whiskey.

Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with dark amber hues; it has a small dark beige head that recedes leaving spotty lacing all around the glass.

Aromas begin with boozy soaked toasted bready maltiness. As it warms you get some nutty notes with touches of sweet caramel.

The tastes follow the nose with a solid dose of nutty and caramel maltiness up front, followed by a quick flash of bourbon. Some light oak tannins come through with emerging vanilla notes and brown sugar sweetness. As it warms you get a slight chocolate presence but the finish is dominated by a bourbon-driven sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Finish is a bit sweet and bourbon forward.

Overall this is a nice offering from Weyerbacher that will thrill the bourbon forward barrel aged beer loving masses. For me a brown ale cannot hold it own to bourbon barrel aging as the spirit overtakes the flavor profile. Not bad by any means but not a beer I need to revisit anytime soon as I like my bourbon barreled beers more balanced.

Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola brown with some chalky haze, little to no head. Great barrel notes - vanilla, oak and booze, lightly nutty and chocolaty, faint hazelnut and coffee. Roasted nuts, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate backed by oak, vanilla and booze. Very dry and tannic on the palate, fuller side of medium bodied. Slightly one dimensional, but hard to give a beer with this nose and barrel taste too low a score.

Photo of themind
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another quality brew from weyerbacher. Pours a nice dark small head with a good whiskey barrel aroma. I really enjoyed this brew as I feel it meshed fairly well. I would purchase again if it were available. I feel Heresy is better but this is still a quality BA beer.

Bottom LIne: Decent BA brew!

Photo of Morey
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown in color with about a half finger of tan colored head following a medium-aggressive pour. When you hold this one up to the light, it reveals a ruby red beer with really good clarity. Not much in the way of retention and/or lacing with this beer.

Aroma: Chocolate Malt, Caramel, Bourbon, Oak, Vanilla Bean, & mild Coffee notes.

Taste: There’s some really nice chocolate and caramel flavors up front. The whiskey and bourbon aren’t far behind providing some hints of alcohol towards the middle. I’m getting cocoa and burnt sugar towards the back-end with some lingering bourbon after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (maybe just a bit thin for the style). Low level of carbonation with a nice alcohol presence.

Morey’s Bottom Line: I was really excited to get 4 bottles of this “brewery only” release from Weyerbacher. It’s the first Barrel Aged Brown Ale that I’ve had, and it helps to kick a sometimes boring style up several notches. Judging by the taste, I’d venture to guess that Weyerbacher uses the same barrels for this beer as they do for Insanity and Heresy. Good stuff.

Photo of cfrances33
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Varga Bar on 8/3/12, served in a snifter.

Pour: Dark brown, but not black. Mostly clear. Finger and a half of khaki head.

Smell: Whiskey, roastiness, some vanilla. Brown sugar sweetness is definitely there.

Taste: Not as whiskey forward as I was expecting, and I like that. Vanilla notes bring out great brown sugar sweetness from the base beer. A little woody.

Mouthfeel: Heavier, but a nice lack of alcohol heat. A sipper for sure though.

Overall: Finally gave this a shit and I wasn't disappointed. I am being consistently impressed by what Weyerbacher offers lately.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep dark brown color with a faint ruby highlight and a smallish tan head that quickly recedes to a cap on top. Smells of sweet malt and dark sugars with a hint of fruit and a bit of roast and a hint of ash. There's a subtle vanilla oaky aroma that reminds you this is in fact barrel aged. The flavor is sweet and sugary with a bit of cherry and orange fruitiness. There's a bit of dark sugars as well as the barrel notes coming through. A touch of alcohol and a hint of vanilla finish us off nicely. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick fruity mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer that really grew on me through the glass. I liked it and would partake of it again if given the opportunity, but I wouldn't search high and low for this.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another opportunity courtesy of Mr. Masters. Thank you buddy.

Into my snazzy Tired Hands glass...also ala Alex...she pours a dirty brown with some rusty reddish highlights along the edges. Head is short lived, leaving a thin brown collar. Lacing is minimal.

Smells a bit of those generic caramel blocks that sometimes make themselves seen round the holidays. Mild splash of vanilla as well, but it's mainly a one trick pony on my proboscis. Some peripheral heat rises up as well....like that cop who saw your wife traveling way too fast on the Beltline and gave that virgin driving record a little bit of the who's your father. Zap!

Taste is slightly more complex than the nose. Caramel malts again loom large. Some brown sugar and cinnamon come follow after. The whiskey imparts a flash of heat of the finish that lingers along the back of the tongue. Tastes rather unsurprisingly like a middle of the road brown ale that has been doused with the whiskeys.

Seeing as this is a brown ale, the lack of structure and body is somewhat understandable. It's light and thin and the barrel aging likely only serves to further those qualities. The whiskey bite is sharp, but not altogether hot. Doesn't drink like a 9 percent beer..kind of surprised actually.

I cannot stress enough how appreciative I am of all the great beer that I have been fortunate enough to try through the generosity and kindness of many traders here on BA. While I wouldn't quite put this beer into the great category, I also understand I'd likely never have had the opportunity had it not been for Alex. With that poorly constructed sentence out of the way...thanks!

Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Weyerbacher tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark garnet color (when held to the light), off white colored head that's very "spritzy" and eventually dies down to a thin layer and lacing ring and light carbonation.

S - Aroma is light to moderate and not in your face. Roasted malt (like a very, very light milk chocolate), figs, plums, vanilla, oak, and whiskey.

T - The whiskey aroma is there but not overpowering like some of the barrel aged beers, however, it is more present on the palette. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, and the dark fruit blend nice and even across the sip with the whiskey and oak tannin up front and the rest falling in behind.

M - Body is light medium and velvety smooth as it glides over the tongue and down the hatch. There is a noticeable burn in the back of the throat and the mouth is left with a coating of oak, dark fruit, vanilla, and some light sweetness.

O - Another great beer from Weyerbacher and I really appreciate how they like to brew the bigger beers and push the boundaries sometimes. The biggest issue (for me) is the texture, it's too thin for such a big beer. The carbonation fizzles out after about 30 minutes in the glass but that's no big deal. This beer is definitely worth checking out if you're a Weyerbacher fan. Overall, I'm looking forward to working through this case!

Photo of beerbully
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into Weyerbacher cuvee

I have been sitting on this for a while.......over a year

A-murky dark brown color, minimal khaki head no retention......moderate lacing that quickly slides down the glass (3.75)

S-sweet bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses (4.2)

T- follows the nose.............Sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, cream, oak, mild alcohol burn on the back of the throat........ (4.2)

M-Little to no carbonation, a bit thin for the style........lingering sweetness (3.75)

O-Nice BA beer pleasant aroma good flavor........

Photo of birchstick
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouts black with a tiny, white head on it. Nose is beautiful - sweet milk chocolates, bourbony molasses, and hints of vanilla. The taste isn't as rich in flavor as the nose suggests. Opens up with sugary malts that fade to a full, carbonated vanilla flavor. These move on to a little bit of boozy bourbon and some more chocolate malt. Not über flavorful. The mouth is watery And a little thin. Overall, this is decent but nothing too mind shattering or different. Recommended if you like brown ales and a splash of bourbon.

Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Liberty tap room
Reviewed from notes.
when served to me, it had a nice black color body with a small tan head that layed down quickly to a thin lace. The aroma of whiskey come through automaticly, with some vanilla notes and malt coming through also. The taste first is sweet malt and some vanilla, then comes the whiskey not strong and unbearable, just very nice and balanced. The mouth feel is great, nice carbonated and overall a really enjoyable beer. I let it sit a couuple of minutes to warm up and just sip it.

Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a one-finger high beige head resting on top. Retains well, remaining a cloudy film throughout most of the pour, leaving spotty lacing all around the glass.

Boozy and warm in the nose with a bourbon-forward surge. Nutty, malty qualities lie underneath with touches of caramel and bread. A bit toasty and sweet as well.

Nutty and malty up front, followed by a quick flash of bourbon. Oaky tannins come through with some vanilla notes and caramel. Earthy and a bit sweet in the backbone along with a slight chocolate presence. Finishes with a mild warmth and bourbon-driven sweetness.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a bit thin on the tongue for my taste. The Makers Mark barrels did a nice job on this beer, although there could definitely be a bit more depth of flavor.

Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/13/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC; menu said it was from 2012 and I had never heard of it. 12 oz. pour in a snifter.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet bourbon, oak, toasted malts, roasted malts, chocolate, and some caramel malts. Bourbon is up front but doesn't dominate, and allows a lot of chocolate and caramel to come through. Light vanilla on the end too.

t - Tastes of sweet bourbon, roasted malts, cream, vanilla, chocolate, oak, caramel malts, toasted malts, and dark fruits. Bourbon up front again but more cream and vanilla here than the nose had. Not hot at all.

m - Medium to full body, and moderate carbonation. No heat at all and very creamy; great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot; honestly, this is probably the best Weyerbacher beer I've had so far. Looks like last year it may have been hot but it is drinking great right now. A decent amount of bourbon up front but it is not hot and doesn't overpower it, and it has a lot of other falvors coming out. Smooth body, would love to have this one again.

Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mucho thanks to danedelman, who answered my sad whimpers for this beer with a kind offer & a better box. 12 oz. bottle poured to replace a Frangelic, which my wife is polishing off for me.

Pour isn't brown, it's black, or maybe I should turn up the lights. Nose is light malts & warm whiskey. Nice, but faint.

Whiskey Barrel Aged warms the belly & soothes the soul. Nice whiskey notes up front slips into a much stronger vanilla presence that lights up the palate. Rich, bitter chocolate flairs up behind; lovely. Light malts & hints of oak right at the apex. Really opens up as it warms.

Very good beer. I can see this alongside the Central Waters beers as a brew that's always in the fridge to sip when I need a good chunk of barrel.

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color, it's got a quick fading tan fizzy head on top that just leaving some scattered film on top of the beer. The smell of this beer is big on the whiskey notes, I was really surprised by how much it had coming off of it. There are also some lighter notes of nuts and coffee in there too. The taste of the beer gets better as it warms up, The whiskey notes don't come out to their fullest until this is more at a cellar temp. The beer is sweet and malty, very malty which is good I think. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little creamy and smooth and had a very minimal carbonation to it. Overall I was very impressed with this release and I am glad i grabbed a few of these before they're gone for good.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a generous trader. Thanks man! Pours a murky dark brown with small yellowish khaki head. Aroma is nutty toffee, biscuit, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, molasses. Very nice. Flavor is big nuttiness up front--pecans and hazelnuts--with a whiskey background, toffee, and a lingering pecan whiskey and dark fruit (almost a lingering Belgian dubbel flavor). Body is thin for a barrel aged brew but manages the barrel well. More than adequate carbonation, and a sipping beer for a nice Friday night. Not bad.

Photo of ixodus
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to danedelman for providing this one!

A: Pours a deep brown with lighter hues presenting a finger thick cream colored head that slowly retracts into a slight haze of foam over the surface.

S: Oak phenols, vanilla, wood tannins, plums, figs, cocoa, and whiskey. Very balanced and pleasantly aromatic.

T: Smooth whiskey at the front of the palate followed up with sweet plums, figs, raisins, and dried out with a nice oak vanilla finish. Alcohol heat is present at the back of the palate but it's quite subtle. While whiskey didn't shine in the aroma it came through beautifully in the taste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's a very smooth beer and drinks very well but I think it could of benefited from a little more body.

O: Overall I'm quite glad I had my bud pick some up from me. It's a fantastic beer and I'd definitely recommend it. I don't think this one will benefit from aging as it's great as is.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives a very dark, almost chestnut brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving just a ring 'round. No lace at all.

I let this sit about 30 minutes before continuing after a wee sample of it earlier. Review continues from that point.

Smell is rich, roasted malt, raisins and other dark fruity bits and, of course, whiskey.
Taste is all that but a bit more so, like it was turned up from 10 to 11. Great balance.
Full bodied, very smooth (like velvet), rich and warming with just a light effervescence. This is seriously good beer. Let it warm then sip it and enjoy.

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Whiskey Barrel Aged from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.