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Whiskey Barrel Amber - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 29.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: trappistlover on 07-04-2011)
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Reviews by trappistlover:
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2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
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?

trappistlover, Jul 04, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

IrishGermanAmerican, Nov 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

valkyre65, Nov 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

ste5venla, Oct 31, 2013
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

sn4r3m1k3, Jul 22, 2014
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

jh1982, Jan 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

MisterGone, Aug 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

JasonMinck, Sep 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

GRG1313, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of USMCretired
1.41/5  rDev -49.3%
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.

USMCretired, Jul 02, 2013
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

faucd531, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.03/5  rDev +9%
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.

gtermi, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of bdpeters
1/5  rDev -64%

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.

bdpeters, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
1.65/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of texasnomad
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

texasnomad, Dec 20, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev +9%
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.

Zorro, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

Harvey98, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

ilikebeer03, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

BryantForestry, Sep 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

aubzachsyd, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of ACB
1.63/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

ACB, May 29, 2014
Photo of bmwats
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

bmwats, May 05, 2013
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1/5  rDev -64%

rquillin, Dec 25, 2012
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Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.