Whiskey Barrel Amber | Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings:
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Avg:
2.82
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Whiskey Barrel AmberWhiskey Barrel Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by trappistlover on 07-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 95
Reviews by trappistlover:
Photo of trappistlover
2.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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?

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.16/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At money plays in Vegas. Dark Halloween orange with a ring of retention. Smells fruity like maraschino cherry juice with soft caramel. Tastes like the juice at the bottom of a cup fruit salad. Hardly any whiskey, just some honeyed sweetness. Meh.

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Photo of tbryan5
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Splifted
2.19/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mikey_C_getitright
3.64/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of ste5venla
2/5  rDev -29.1%

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

Scratching my head over how this one is %12. Very thin and watery feel. It's not the worst but it's surprising. The taste Is also lacking a lot of what I'd expect in a a barrel aged amber ale. Almost tastes like a half done pumpkin ale. Slightly sweet and bready. Looking for more whiskey or toffee and caramel flavored but can't really find em. This one is just ok.

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Photo of sn4r3m1k3
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of jh1982
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +33%

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.

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Photo of JasonMinck
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of USMCretired
1.44/5  rDev -48.9%
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.

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of deford
1.35/5  rDev -52.1%
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.

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Photo of gtermi
3.01/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
1.76/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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

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 irthesteve
4.75/5  rDev +68.4%

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Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.