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R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek - New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Bourbon Barrel KriekR&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 377
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alcstradamus on 07-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

August 2010 Release
1,500 Bottles

Ale infused with a large dose of sour cherries. Fermented in an Oak Vat using a blend of Ale Yeast and Lactobacillus. Then aged in freshly dumped bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 85
Reviews by scaliasux:
Photo of scaliasux
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark amber. Clear. Thin off-white not very persistent head.

Smell - Funky cherries and rich malt. A whiff of bourbon and vanilla. Unique.

Taste - Tart cherries are, unsurprisingly, the most prominent flavor. Bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of funk also appear. A different take on the cherry beer from New Glarus' other products, but in my view no less exceptional.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Smooth and crisp.

Drinkability - New Glarus does a fine job with fruit beers and this one is no exception. Indeed, I believe I prefer this to any of New Glarus' other fruit beers (with the possible exception of Cranbic) - that's saying a lot. Unique and well worth the relatively hefty price.

More User Reviews:
Photo of weatherdog
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass. This beer was shares among friends at a recent tasting.

If you are familiar with NG fruit beers then that distinct bright red hue is recognizable. This ones is a mix of red and brown, maybe like a clear Belgian Red. A nice long lasting bright white head tops the beer.

The nose is that trademark tart cherry the New Glarus has used in many a beer (Belgian Red, Cherry Stout, Enigma to some extent) in addition to the cherry a stronger oakiness was present with noticeable vanilla.

In addition to the always welcome tart cherries this beer also had just a kiss of bourbon that complimented the beer. It was so slight that I'm guessing that these weren't first use bourbon barrels. Once again raw oak and vanilla take a supporting role to the dominating cherry in the taste. I'm also picking up just a little bit for tartness than the standard Ng fruit beer. This really is a great beer and just a step above what Belgian Red offers.

The mouthfeel, which is usually great on New Glarus beers, has this weird drying effect on my mouth. Almost like a piece of cotton was placed in my mouth. Drinkability was on par with other NG fruit heavy beers.

I can see so many similarities to Belgian Red in this beer. It almost tastes like they just took Belgian Red and stuck it in a bourbon barrel for number of months. I think this beer would do phenomenally well as a wider release and this seems like maybe a test batch for such a thing. It's really a great fruit forward beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get a ton of bourbon, maple and vanilla notes up front, with the accompanying tart cherry notes. The flavor is more of the same. All of the notes from the aroma are present in the flavor. If I had to summarize the flavor, I would say it tastes like bourbon-chocolate covered cherries. The tartness and a little hint of funk just add to the other notes. I have never had a beer that tastes quite like this and I hope I get to try it again, although that is probably unlikely. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding beer.

Photo of boatshoes
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the three R&D to be enjoyed from the package sent to me by Translucent, thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a nice shade of ruby amber with a relatively thin head that dies back to a ring and patching. Very nice color though and carbonation appropriate for the style.

Smell- First and foremost, the nose is comprised of cherries! Doesn't smell like fresh cherries necessarily but due to the wood smells more like a fresh cherry pie. Hints of vanilla and bourbon wood.

Taste- Flavor profile is similar to the nose with fresh cherry pie really the best way I can describe this one. Lots of cherry flavor backed up with nice highlights of vanilla and some bourbon warmth on the finish. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice for the style and not overly thin. Very drinkable though I didn't find it to be particularly tart I will say.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and wish I could get ahold of more. In a close race for my favorite of the three R&D beers with the Golden Ale.

Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - served in a Lambic glass

A - poured slightly vigorously and yields only a brief lasting, loose white fuzzy foam. the beer is almost crystal clear, brownish ruby in color with some active bubbling.

S - vinegar and woody notes dominate. freshly crushed cherries, chocolate, oak add sweetness. faint bit of wild, lactic funk come through as well.

T - begins with a very quick, sharp sour lactic bite as black cherries explode in the mouth. turns almost instantly sweet with a more syrup-like cherry, vanilla, and oak. bourbon is present from the beginning, yet stays in the background for the majority of each sip. some light chocolate is added in as well, making this remind me of a cherry Tootsie-pop.

M - medium, creamy body holds up nicely against tight, punchy carbonation. sweetness lingering in the mouth for awhile, syrupy. lactic sourness attempts to wipe the palette clean, though some sweet fruity notes are left behind.

D - interesting as the name sounds...leans a bit more towards the sweeter side than I was expecting, though the bourbon adds a nice subtle touch to those delicious Wisconsin cherries - like a Wisconsin Red spiked at a holiday party. crisp, refreshing, and interesting all around.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Tawny amber with minimal head. The soft pour is a touch syrupy.

S: Marshmallow, vanilla and bourbon minus any liquor heat. Subtle fruit body but I'm having a hard time pinning down the cherries. Just when I think I have it, it escapes.

T: Slightly sour and very reminiscent of Belgian Red. Also similar to a toasted cherry marshmallow. No bourbon heat or bite. Still sweet but not as medicinal as Belgian Red.

M: Low carbonation. Slightly syrupy viscosity and bathes the tongue with vanilla.

O: Not too intense, an absolutely wonderful dessert beverage. Spot on vanilla characteristics without borrowing too much heat and liquor. A great sipper.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared 500ml bottle with fellow BA, my Father.
From tasting notes.
A: A bold ruby red haze on the body sits below a thin line of off-white head. A very low carbonation is present from the appearance. No lacing, but for style this is just right.
S: A strong note of bourbon attacks the senses and reassures a quality aging process. A wild yeast aroma is also found. A very smooth and aromatic brew this is.
T/M: A bright, bold cherry note, along with a pleasant sweet whiskey notes. A very mellowed out finish with a bit of a acid undertone. This is a very complex flavor profile in this brew.
D: A very drinkable brew, not too sour, but just the right amount sourness. A great overall brew, but with a limit on amount sold and rarity, I was savoring every sip. I could see this NG brew coming back to make a consistent appearance.
Notes: Very, very good. I am not let down by this one, the hype is there for a good reason. I will be aging some to see how it does, so a year from now, and more we will see how it develops.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a slowly rising 1.5 finger frothy, fluffy, off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear deep amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with nice legs at points and very good stick.

S: Nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, and an odd, medicinally sweet cherry. There's also that signature New Glarus fruit beer yeastiness. Aromatic and pleasant at first, this one declines and becomes less appetizing as it warms. No hint of funk or lacto tartness detectable.

T: Sweet cherry, bourbon, vanilla, and an odd, unpleasant butterscotch upfront that thankfully, fades into the background. Yeasty spiciness. Tart fruit builds gradually towards the middle but never really gets there. Sweet throughout. Butter returns towards the end along with sweet candied cherry. Buttery residue at the finish. Aftertaste is more of the same.

M: Light to medium bodied and amply carbonated. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth and abrasive and spicy going down. Finishes subtley with an aftertaste that is oily and filmy and lingers.

D: I'm not the most knowledgeable about brewing practices but I'm pretty sure something is amiss when a wild ale is largely missing any sort of funkiness or sourness and instead, displays an odd butterscotch and popcorny flavor. This is much more a fruit beer than it is a AWA... as a fruit beer though... its pretty good and quite enjoyable and refreshing. Not what I expected but decent nonetheless.

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ malt house

The elusive bourbon barrel kriek - sold out to a bunch of fine people from Minnesota before I had a chance to buy some at the brewery. One day sell-out to be exact.

The Malt House had one of two 1/6 barrels in circulation and it lasted a little under an hour on a Monday afternoon - just long enough to get a couple pours.

appearance: served in belgian glassware, light garnet body and light brown froth

smell: the trademark NG tart cherries, vanilla and oak

taste: Ah yes, the taste of rare beer...From all the bonanza surrounding the release, I was expecting a little bit more of a deviation from some of the other similar NG beers, particularly Engima. Don't get me wrong, I love Engima, and this was a very good beer too but I guess I was just expecting something a little wilder. The bourbon is pretty subtle but the barrel definitely provides hits of oak and vanilla. Tart and sweet cherries - as one would come to expect from NG

mouthfeel: medium-light, mild tartness

overall : solid, but not enough differentiation from the belgian red/enigma/cherry stout world

Photo of hooliganlife
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour was a deep amber and copper with a little to no head. i got the bottom of the bottle though...

light cherry and light bourbon with a dark candy fruit. the cherry was quite pronounced.

lots of real cherry that was equally blended with a bourbon barrel flavor. this was totally 50/50 on balance. it was quite interesting. nice light sourness or tartness.

fairly light body with a moderate carbonation. a bit dry

this was quite interesting, not sure if i could ever finish the entire bottle though.

Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle shared by Arbitrator.

Pours clear medium brownish-reddish-amber with a small off-white head on top.

The aroma is big on the bourbon barrels, with slight cherry, like a toned-down Wisconsin Belgian Red, with slight buttery oakiness and vinous notes.

The flavor is also a lot like Wisconsin Belgian Red without as much cherry. Rather sweet - definitely more sweet than sour. Acetic and vinegary with slight butter and metallicity.

Smooth and medium-bodied, but come on, where is the sourness and acidity? Medium-low carbonation level.

Overall, a tasty beer, but still a bit of a disappointment. Just not really very sour at all and not at all to style.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to sproser for sending me this one in the Secret Santa '10 BIF! Had during Hobo Tasting #5 with mikesgroove down near the railroad tracks near RJ Rockers. Brewed 1.18.10 and bottled on 8.6.10, 5 bbl batch. Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, oak, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The barrel was definitely present on this one without doubt. The barrel did cut down on the sour/tart aspect quite a bit for me. This one might be a good brew for those who aren't into the massively sour brews but still enjoy subtle aspects of them. Mike preferred this one over the R&D Gueuze that he brought, I preferred the Gueuze.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A New Glarus beer review usually starts with me giving a shout-out to my main trading partner zimmerbloke from Wisconsin. I love you Matt, but this time I have to give thanks to black13 for sharing his personal 500ml bottle with my wife TulipSnifter and I. We met up with Michael last night at Hair of the Dog for some Cherry Adam on tap and were invited back to his place to split a beer with him. Down into the mans cellar we went with him where he opened up a Bruey Old Richland, an '08 BCBS, and than one of my big wants, New Glarus Bourbon Barrel Kriek. As grateful as I wanted to appear, I still needed to tap out some notes about the beer on my BlackBerry. Again, thank you Michael... Now here's the review.

A: Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip glass. A solid pour kicks up a nice fluffy white froth on top of a crystal clear, vibrant, ruby-orange body. The head retreats only a little and maintains a nice half-finger cap on top. Very impressive looking in the glass and moderate sheets of lace are left throughout the drink. 4.5/5

S: Sweet pie cherries, signature NG vanilla, cinnamon, no bourbon presence. I'm a sucker for the "New Glarus smell" and this is no exception. Just sniffing my glass is a very enjoyable experience for me. 4.5/5

T: Sweet cherries again at the forefront! This is barely tart at best. No real sour presence. Again with the signature NG vanilla. Pretty much just following the nose here but so damn good and supportive of the aroma. 4/5

M: Moderate body with minimal carbonation. Sticky lips and a sticky finish. I would expect a drier, crisper finish for a wild beer so this is one of the beers low points for me. None the less, I like it over all so I'm not docking it below a 3.

D: Another solid winner from Dan Carey and company. As far as krieks go, I don't think this one is very traditional, but as far as American Wild Ales go this is very approachable and enjoyable. 4/5

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a 2015 review. This is from notes of my tasting this beer when released.

Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1/15/11. Bottle shared at the Sea Bass going away tasting. Amber/dark reddish pour with a small off-white head. Awesome vanilla BA aromas mixed with fantastic spiced cherry. Light spiced cherry flavor with a hint of vanilla and coconut. This is heaven!

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish orange body, ample foam and minimal lacing. Decent retention with some spotty bits of foam clinging to the glass after each sip. Clarity is good, though the color isn't red like a traditional kriek (no points off for that).

Sweet nose of oxidized malts, vanilla, caramel, and dried cherry. Seems more like a sweetened Flanders (WI Belgian) Red than anything. Not really funky, acetic or much resembling traditional Kriek, though it's pleasant enough for what it is.

Slightly sweet tartness on the tongue, bolstered by sweet malt (more than expected), some saddle leather and damp hay notes, but not especially funky. Cherry is there, not as pronounced as a fresh bottle, but it melds nicely with a light vanilla pastry flavor. Light to medium bodied, easily sipped.

Overall this is a bit too similar to the long line of closely related fruit beers from New Glarus. Barrel-aged Belgian Red isn't too far off to be honest. Elements of Cherry Stout, Enigma, and WI Belgian Red show up here. Hopefully future batches are a bit more wild... it's just too similar to past releases to seek out. Thanks Joe for sharing this alongside the Gueuze.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. Batch 5 bbl, Brewed 1.18.10, O.G. 13°P, Bottled 8.6.10, ABV 5.5%, IBUs 12.

Infinity thanks to Beerwolf77 for picking a bottle of this up for me AND sharing a bottle with me! You're my #1 ninja Todd!

A - Clear as crystal and ruby brown-red is brilliant looking with a big three-finger head from a tall pour. Good retention with some good lace left over.

S - Phenomenal aroma of mixed spice and mild funk. The funk is mildly reminiscent of barnyard but is overshadowed by equally mild tart cherry and raspberry and general berry fruitiness. A fantastic barrel aroma of very mild bourbon comes through as well. This aroma is fan-freakin'-tastic!

T - Oh wow. Very mild sour funkiness adds fantastic layers of undertones to this complex and orgasmic flavor. Yes, orgasmic. Tart cherry and raspberry blends so well with a very tiny splash of bourbon barrel. I can't stop drinking it!

M - Smooth and soft initially with a great tart and sour balance to the finish. I can't believe how good this goes down. Smooth and very lightly carbonated to the perfect level.

D - Well, I can't give this anything less than a 5 in drinkability since I have to hold myself back from just drinking the whole thing immediately instead of savoring it sip by sip. Once again Dan Carey proves that he knows fruit beers inside and out. Hot damn, this is one of the best beers I've ever had.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one a while back from the fantastic enelson... Thanks a ton Ed for a badass trade. I shared this one with the geeks and just now entering the notes.

Pours a clear orange... like a lite tawny port... little in the way of head or lacing.

The nose shows alot of bourbon with a lesser cherry.. not very sour at all.. Honestly alot like a vanilla and booze spiked Wisconsin Red... no funk on the nose.

Great cherry flavor.. oaky vanilla and bourbon.. doughy sweetness adds to a "pie essence"... too sweet for a "wild ale", but still very nice for what it is... the barrel presence adds waves of complexities to a familiar beer. I was just hoping for more funk.. instead there is a mild acetic quality that is the tie that binds.

Medium body and lite carbonation for any beer... for this "style", it is too heavy and needs more carbonation.

All of the above negatives go away on the drinkability... I loved this one and want more... a lot more... I want to score a couple more of this batch and let it age for a few years before I ever touch it again.

Thanks again Ed.... if you have more, please hit me up. :-)

3.5/4/4/3.5/4.5

Photo of jegross2
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from the New Glarus Brewing Company out of New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Score: 87

Brewed 01/18/10, bottled 08/06/10. Served in a Firestone Walker reserve series mini snifter and enjoyed on 01/24/14. Sampled side-by-side with New Glarus R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek, R&D Sour Ale and R&D Very Sour Blackberry. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown “oh hey, are you a Flanders red?” color with a thin layer of fizzy head that settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Cherry juice, vanilla and oak. Brown sugar too. Minimal apparent sourness, comes across as being sweet in the nose. 4/5

Taste: This is basically bourbon barrel aged Belgian Red. Sweet cherry juice, bourbon, light vinegar and funk, vanilla and oak. The cherry flavor is a bit medicinal towards the finish. No real sourness here — just a little crisp tartness towards the finish as it warms, lacking any real bite. Finishes with sweet cherry/oaky vanilla. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Viscous, low carbonation. Sweet and oily mouthfeel, with a modestly dry finish. 3.75

Overall: This beer is basically just bourbon barrel aged Belgian Red and sweet Flanders red-like in taste. Take that as you will, and seek out accordingly.

Cost: $8 for a 500 ml bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the heart of the hobo tasting and the reason we came in the first place, the last two in the rnd series i needed to have. served chilled and next to the railroad tracks.

pours out a lovely cherrywood like color with a slight haze and a light pillow head of off white. smooth settling left a nice concentric set of rings around the outside of the glass. very, very well done. aroma of sweet vanilla, oak, bourbon, cherry pulp and brown sugar was just what the doctor ordered. it was the smell you wished your cough medicine had as a kid. just the sweetest of candy flavored goodness. each sip gathered the flavors together and highlighted one or more as it warmed. first initial sips were full of bourbon and vanilla notes, inter twined with the sugary goodness, just really very well done. but as it warmed the cherries really started to show themselves and this became one for the ages. really a wonderful blend of sweet and lightly tart cherry juice, and sugary vanilla that was all reeled together but the oak an bourbon. a masterpiece.

overall i could not be happier with this one. it had just the perfect amount of everything and with the low abv was just what i needed. really one of the best i have had from new glarus for sure.

Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nerd shared this one. Thanks, Michael.

Clear red with copper highlights, this has great color, and the head is solid and lasting.

The nose is redolent of ripe macerated cherries, sweet with a mild tartness. There's a hint of vanilla and caramel, which I guess is the influence of the bourbon barrel, but it's subtle.

Abundant sweet cherries, this is only mildly piquant on the tongue and hardly sour. Vanilla and caramel make brief appearances, along with hints of oak in the finish. There's a bit of graham cracker maltiness; otherwise, it's all about the sweet, intense, dessert-like cherry flavors.

OK, this isn't a true kriek, nor is it particularly sour, but it is a very good fruit beer. I enjoyed my pour and I'd gladly drink it again.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from glazeman -- thanks, Scott! Review #500.

a - pours a dark copper color with a ruby tint, one-inch ivory head with decent retention for the style, light lacing, lots of bubbles indicate a high amount of carbonation, pretty clear with little sediment

s - sweet cherry aroma that's similar to other NG beers I've had, what's different is the oaky notes and considerable bourbon, very light tartness, smells a bit like cherry pie with a mild spiciness and vanilla

t - sweet and lightly tart cherries up front, slightly medicinal, pretty oaky on the midpalate, finish is more sweet and lightly tart cherry with some spicy and vanilla notes, oak makes its presence known and substantial bourbon flavors creep in as the cherry leaves the palate, there is a lingering mild tartness and spice, while this is a bit sweeter and not quite as tart as I would like, it's still a complex, unique beer that I'm enjoying drinking

m - medium-bodied with higher carbonation, some alcohol warming, on the sweet side, but the mild tartness balances it out a bit

d - the cherry sweetness limits drinkability for me a bit, I don't mind the bourbon notes though, there's quite a bit going on in the flavor, so it remains interesting for awhile, though the flavors don't work together perfectly

Very interesting beer, but, as other reviewers have noted, I think NG does the beer a disservice by calling it a kriek. The tartness and sourness is very mild and the sweetness is a bit high for my taste. That said, I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try this unique beer. I have higher hopes for the Gueuze.

Photo of airohead2001
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to glazeman for this one. I'm really excited to try it!!

A - dark bloody crimson with light oranges on the edges. No head - just a few bubbles that line the glass.

S - absolutely amazing. Bourbon, vanilla, tart cherries, port wine, toffee, cinnamon, and nutmeg. One of the best beers I have ever smelled. Just perfect.

T - oh my goodness. What a drink. Tart cherries up front with the smoothest bourbon finish I have ever tasted. A sweet vanilla cupcake aftertaste lingers on the palate. This truly tastes like some type of cherry vanilla cookie. This beer is amazing. And yes, in case you are wondering, this blows Supplication out of the water. Again, perfect.

M - waaayyy too much carbonation here initially, but after sitting for a while this one is just right.

D - I need more!!! I could drink at least a liter and a half of this stuff in one sitting.

Photo of hansgruber
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber body with a slight reddish hue. Small head and not much lacing or retention. 

Bourbon and cherries primarily with a bit of sour and wild character too. Oak is in there too contributing some spicy and vanilla notes. Really nice. 

Taste is tart and has a nice cherry flavor. A touch of sour in there on the finish but nothing much. Bourbon isn't too up front but just enough along with the barrel to add a layer of complexity to the beer. 

Mouthfeel has just enough carbonation. Medium bodied. 

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Only thing missing would be more in the sour department. Would like to see this available again in the future. 

Photo of Casey10
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this was a exceptional beer. I am a bit biased as I areally New Glarus stuff thanks again to klikger for this I was more than happy to trade as this is really good.

A - light brown color thin head.

S - oaked cherries

T - Sour cherry flavor with that barrel aged taste.

M - You can feel the sour cherries as it sits ther in your mouth.

D - I would drink a ton of these given the chance.

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R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.