Bourbon Barrel Aged Three Philosophers - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
3.58/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
An insane amount of gratitude goes out to dmeadows who proxied a bottle of this for me when it was released. Been waiting to crack it and tonight it called my name. Still have some of a 2011 Three Philosophers that I opened a bit ago to compare it to (I know different vintage). Enjoyed from an Ommegange chalice.
a - de-caged and popped the cork, filled my glass. the brew poured a deep plum with a thinner head than the non BA version. visually they are quite similar although the barrel aged definitely has more of a watery look and less of a creamy head.
s - the smell leads with some bourbon sweetness. the barrel seems to have overtaken the beer. i really don't get any of the wonderful smells that i get from the base beer in the side-by-side comparison. the wood brings vanilla, booze, and some burnt which definitely overpowers the odor. comparing it to the original it is missing a lot of what i love about this beer...but on the other hand it does have that bourbon shine. lots of sweetness, but more plum/raisin and more vanilla than the original.
t - wow, the taste is pretty crazy. very different from the original. big vanilla notes and lots of booze...which seem to drown out the wonderful cherry quad of the original. it is pretty tasty, but in a side-by-side there is no doubt that i prefer the original. the cherry and dark fig flavors are traded in for vanilla and booze with dark fruit in the backseat.
m - mouth is lush and creamy. carbonation is dialed back quite a bit, but still there. the booze is present but not too intense for the mouth.
o - overally, i'm a big fan of three philosophers (it is the beer that turned me into a beer geek) and i'm also a big fan of barrel aging...the mix of the two in this case is not necessarily better than the individual parts. i'd love to say that i love this, and frankly i do like it...however this is one of those cases where sticking an amazing beer in some bourbon barrels doesn't make the beer more amazing. i'm extremely glad to have tried this as a big ommegang fanboy, but aside from the low bottle counts on these varieties it seems that you aren't missing much beyond a tick if you miss out on this series...although i did LOVE the adoration when i first had it, but on a second taste found it a bit off. the bourbon abbey ale i found to be the highlight of these three treatments.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2012 02:28:26 | More by cosmicevan
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5/5 rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I've enjoyed the finest beers offered between Honolulu and Hamburg, as well as the skunkiest. This beverage, dousing my draconian palate, was the best it's ever tasted. It was robust, but minus the burnt-tire taste of a stout. In fact, my five-star meal took second fiddle and cooled until the beverage was through. For a mere $12, it's worth every penny. Savor the flavor, ride the buzz, and see it as money well spent, for we're here for such a short time in the kaleidoscope of life.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2013 03:25:37 | More by Beerded
Bourbon Barrel Aged Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
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