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Whiskey Barrel Aged - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 13
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
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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.

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