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Whiskey Barrel Amber - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 29.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | 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.

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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by Willi_BW:
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Photo of Splifted
2.19/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

By far the worst barrel aged beer I have ever had. Took a couple of sips and then poured the rest of the 22 oz down the drain.

Photo of MisterGone
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 trappistlover
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(wax-capped growler from Total Wine Tempe). Yep, I bought the bullet on this one. Pours a ruby color with tan head. No carbonation or lacing. Aroma has some decent bourbon notes along with a bit of fruit. Taste is sweet malt with some light bourbon and a hint of bitterness. Thin bodied with an alcohol bite, although fairly well hidden for a 12% amber. Has a weird aftertaste. This was better than I thought, but it became a chore to drink it as time passed. Not sure why they used an amber for the base beer?

Photo of USMCretired
1.44/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Just a simple lager with some whiskey flavoring. Very thin and light mouthfeel, light smoked aroma from the charred whiskey barrels.

Why only wax the top 1/4 of the cap? what's the point of even waxing.

Dry, grassy, flavor and some cheap whiskey flavoring.

Do not buy again, overpriced at 11 bucks a bottle.

Photo of deford
1.35/5  rDev -52%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

It looks like a beer....thats about it. I can't believe they even bottled it. Completely horrible.

Photo of gtermi
3.01/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Beer pours a nice amber body with a thick white head that quickly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: Some cheap whiskey, banana, a little bit of grain and some more cheap whiskey.

T: It has a weird cheap bourbon flavor that soon evolves to a sort of rain finish. The whiskey flavor is just way too powerful.

M: This beer is actually very smooth and has a nice body. It goes down with ease and it has a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue.

O: This beer is very average and doesnt make sense to me.. especially at 10 dollars a freaking bomber.

Photo of bdpeters
1/5  rDev -64.4%

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 Yeoumans
1/5  rDev -64.4%

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

Photo of twiggamortis420
1.76/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a lightly hazed copper color with a modest crown of off-white head. Nice sheen and lacing.

Nose is maple and wood with a toasty, caramel maltiness. An interesting, albeit mild, mix of malty aromas.

Taste is a bit plasticy, which I have noticed in some of Indian Wells' other brews. Yuck...12% amber? not cool. The initial flavor does not really give off a whiskey flavor but the back end is overly tannic and...well...nasty comes to mind. Never again...foul, vile liquid. Glad I split this with someone (and didn’t pay the ridiculous fee of $10), otherwise at least half would have been feeding my disposal.

Photo of texasnomad
2.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After removing the obnoxious wax covering on the concentional cap, the beer poured a nice orangey amber-brown with a hint of haziness which cleared up after a few minutes. I probably had it a tad too cold.

I expected a fragrant bouquet, but was disappointed with a fairly weak nose, but I did pick up some notes of graham cracker and cherry and later sawdust.

Taste was average and about what you expect for a whiskey-barrell aged beer, with very light notes of cherry and caramel.

It had a nice mouthfeel, though not as creamy as I would have liked.

Overall the beer was average and not worth the 10 piece that I paid. I would drink it again, though, if it were not so expensive. It is nowhere near the deliciousness of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.

Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear reddish amber colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet with a strong toasted grain aroma. Strong vanilla and caramel. Some whiskey scent but it isn't strong.

Starts out sweet with a very strong caramel flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden. Strong vanilla and mild whiskey. Warms the chest and that is the only hint that this is a 12% beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a sweet malty and strong beer. Not sure I would buy it again though.

Photo of ACB
1.62/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My buddies and I drove up to Mammoth for Memorial Day, and we stopped by Indian Wells without douching out/reading ratings to just pick up some random beers on the way.

I would categorize the Whiskey Barrel Amber as a legitimately evil liquid. It wasn't bad as much as offensive.

A: Thin, amber, nothing bad, nothing great. Surprisingly flat, but it was barrel aged.

S: WHOA! This is when we knew something was wrong. Play Doh, weird, melted candy (kind of like a raspberry/wheat) whiff. Smells medicinal. No trace of whiskey or a barrel presence.

T: I truly am not trying to be rude, but this was a holy shit moment... Holy shit, this tastes artificial and I get no sense of what this base beer was... all raspberry, wheat, and again, no sense of any whiskey or barrel hitting this. Confusing. Moments of intense wheat and raspberry. I will say, for a 12.5% beer, that was hidden alarmingly well... but then again, you don't taste the codeine in cough syrup.

M: If I plugged my nose, I would've been fooled into thinking I was drinking a pretty thin, low carbonated barleywine. The problem was, my nose wasn't plugged and I tasted this... Let's call the mouthfeel average.

O: Most of their beer was pretty offensively bad or bland. This tasted eerily similar to their Lobotomy Bock, which is not barrel aged and is not an Ale.

Truly, one of the worst beers I've ever been around. Gross. Evil. Four different people couldn't take more than two/three sips.

Very useful at putting out the campfire.

Photo of bmwats
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. dissipates pretty quickly, and completely. Fair beer ring lacing.

S: Nutty malt, with a heavy dose of whiskey.

T: Lightly sweet malty flavor. Whiskey largely drowns anything else out.

M: Fairly light. Heavy alcohol content is deceiving. Sticky and syrupy. Almost like it's thinned out by the whiskey.... even though it's not.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is decent. Nice amber hue. Light foamy head, and light lacing. Nose is nutty and malty, but mostly whiskey. Flavor is syrupy sweet malt, mostly overshadowed by by whiskey. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Photo of Svingjo
3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Indian Wells Brewing - Whiskey Barrel Brew Barrel Aged Amber - pours a clear red with a thin beige head that soon rings around the glass. The nose presents a sweet malt up front. The wood and whiskey is prevalent mid way when you draw a breath in. If there is any hops it's barely noticeable. The taste is much the same with a hoppy bitterness and a slight alcohol burn which you'd expect at 12.0% ABV. But even with that it finishes very quick. The mouthfeel is slightly on the watery side.

Photo of notchucknorris
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Heard legendary things about how horrible the beer from these guys was. Saw this in San Diego, so I had to give it a shot.

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a 1/2 finger tan head.

S: Very mild smell. Mild whiskey, molasses, caramel and some apple. As it warms, it turns to a less pleasant malt syrupy sweetness.

T: mild graininess with hints of toast, watery apple cider, and a light toasted malt finish. Feels and tastes like it's about 5%. Nothing tastes offensive in here, but nothing really tastes like much at all, which is a problem.

Photo of Brevbin
1.31/5  rDev -53.4%
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 mactrail
2.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I didn't realize this was an Indian Wells brew until I got home to read the fine print. So I thought what the heck. First off, it's maybe 7 or 8 percent. It's nowhere near 12. Just drink a couple gulps of an actual strong beer for comparison. Indian Wells is the only brewery I've ever experienced that has a thing about claiming their beers are higher in alcohol than they really are. Check the Lobotomy Bock for another of their beers claiming a much higher ABV. In fact I wonder if this is just the Lobotomy with a little flavoring.

This just doesn't taste like it's been near any barrels. It tastes like a poor doppelbock, or a maibock with some caramel flavoring. Some sweetness lingers throughout, with a medicinal bitterness to spoil even that. Flat mouthfeel, though to be fair the auburn color is attractive and the cap of foam sits tight.

This beer is a fraud, and at eleven bucks it's robbery as well. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Boulevard Liquors in San Diego, which seems to be one of last place selling Indian Wells beers since even Whole Foods stopped.

Photo of Phelps
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a wax-topped growler into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Dark chestnut in color and mostly clear. The fizzy grayish head is a late arrival, rising from the depths after the pour’s completed and popping away quickly.

Interesting, softly sweet. Bubble gum, caramel, a hint of apples mixed with whiskey.

Caramel, some peanutiness and marzipan in the flavor. Just a bit of fruits, apples, apricots. In the background, some bottom-shelf booze, with the telltale harsh graininess. Fairly clean, drying finish.

Light carbonation pokes the tongue gently in the medium, runny body. Plenty of fumes in the nose and heat in the throat, but not anything that would suggest 12 percent. The booze is fairly well-hidden.

I’m confused by the choice of packaging. With this beer so average in flavor and so high in alcohol, I’m bound to pour about half this growler out. Nowhere near good enough to justify the price tag or the serving size.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle pour at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and Play-Doh flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with almost no barrel aged presence other than a slight woody aspect.

Photo of hopmandu
3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Interestingly enough I had this after having an Austrian Dunkel to which it was surprisingly comparable considering I didn't know what I was buying in either case. Caramel malts plus some very distinct unknown I'm still trying to get at. Maybe overripe banana and some dense bread in a good way? Anyway a decent brew.

Photo of avwrite
1.9/5  rDev -32.4%
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 TastefulNudity
4.17/5  rDev +48.4%
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.

Photo of trippytbta
1/5  rDev -64.4%
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 zander4dawin
2.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Amber color with a haze. Taste really boozy with a tangy vanilla/raisin taste that lingers. Not a drain pour but overall nothing truly special. Mouthfeel is pretty light considering the aggressive 12 percent abv. Pretty much has an extra lager or nearly malt liquor booziness going for it without much taste to consider it a great beer.

Photo of pkalix
3.69/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

haha... love the reviews.... sound like something I would write...
bland pour, nothing much happening...
smell is sweet, malty; 12% I suppose that is to be expected. not a, like, super awesome brew, but so far not really terribly bad... don't understand all the bad reviews.... what's up with that?
sweet malty commercial-type (german-like) grain, surprised with the 12% abv.... too bad Mickey's or Colt 45 couldn't duplicate this....
not a super great brew, but then not bad. really, tastes like a commercial german brew,,, hofbrau? I can give it too bad a review... it's just, merely, like a hyper hofrau...

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Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.