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Whiskey Barrel Amber - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
68
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 29.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: trappistlover on 07-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Brevbin
1.31/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Poured nicely into a snifter with very little head. Smells like a cheap Barleywine. Tastes like a watered down barleywine that has a hint of Alberstons brand whiskey mixed in. I'm honestly not going to be able to finish this.

Photo of blastoderm55
2.58/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of shagal
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of irthesteve
4.75/5  rDev +68.4%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of IreRican
2.28/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Domvan
2.2/5  rDev -22%

Photo of Mikey_C_getitright
3.64/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Vincev27
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Lak9ers
4.2/5  rDev +48.9%

Photo of trevordglenn
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of bdpeters
1/5  rDev -64.5%

Easily one of the worst beers I've had. The only good point is that it had high alcohol. That being said, I'd have preferred a Steel Reserve.

Photo of ahommell
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of Yeoumans
1/5  rDev -64.5%

Thx for tips. Decided not to purchase. Wary when label identified barrels as Evan Williams

Photo of EB1
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of CBack465
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of MisterGone
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

So it looks like all is going well on the pour. Amber-red with a nice beige head. But the aroma suggests, well, not much. Really can't ID anything but some faint alcohol. Taste improves with some woody notes, maybe fig, but really caramel... As in candy, not malt. Finishes with some alcohol which I suppose is supposed to invoke the whiskey, but I'm not getting that.

Now, if I'm making the Mammoth or back-road Bakersfield run, I'd still pop in here for a growler. Likely a different tap offering though. This one was a little sweet for me.

Photo of trippytbta
1/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured bottle into snifter

A: pours amber brown, medium light tan head

S: smells light sweet and dried fruity, kind of like raisin

T: taste very messed up, confusing nasty beer. Worst beer I have had in the last few years. Whoever rated this beer above a 20, is out of their mind. Taste like this, "you are pan handling outside a 7-11 for an hour or 2 and you finally mustered up enough cash for a camo...."

M: not worth my words

Overall: they seal the bottle with wax, it's a great beer to play a joke with someone acting like it is a good brew. But it is horrible, that's the joke. Anyways, later

Photo of sn4r3m1k3
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of avwrite
1.9/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - At first looks okay. Nice brown color.

S - Sweet smell, which is surprising for a bear of such high ABV.

T - Okay, but not pleasant after the first sip. Strange mix of ultra bitter and sweetness. A confusing taste.

M - The worst. After a few sips, quickly loses any enjoyability.

O - Would not recommend.

Photo of Btip1969
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of aubzachsyd
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of TastefulNudity
4.17/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this as a birthday present and actually excited to review it! Bottle states it as a lager but on here it's an ale...not sure what to review it as. Cellar temp in to snifter.

A: Doesn't count but the bottle label & wax job are awesome. Also a nice story on the label. Beautiful copper red with a one finger eggshell head that sticks around for a bit. Looks much thinner than 12% as stated on the bottle but this is an attractive beer.

S: Malt, caramel, dark fruit, big alcohol, a whiff of brown sugar and oak from the bourbon? Biggest nose on a "lager" I've encountered. This can't be 100% barrel aged, but I guess it doesn't claim to be. Get past the alcohol and it's a good smelling beer.

T: Alright there's no way this is 12%. But this isn't bad beer! Starts sweet and fruity on the front of the tongue and turns in to a swirl of caramel, malt, and a bit of vanilla and brown sugar. Slightly bitter but still wet finish. Would be good over vanilla ice cream.

M: Thin with a light carbonation. No stickiness and not overly drying.

O: Better than I expected from the reviews here. Don't agree with the 12% claim, seems more like half that, but this should at least be 80+. If I had to compare it to another brew it reminds me of Firestone's DBA.

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Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.