Whiskey Barrel Amber - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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68
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 29.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: trappistlover on 07-04-2011)
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by trappistlover:
Photo of trappistlover
2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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?

More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Mikey_C_getitright
3.64/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ste5venla
2/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of sn4r3m1k3
2/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of jh1982
2/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of MisterGone
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 JasonMinck
3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of USMCretired
1.41/5  rDev -50.2%
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 faucd531
2/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of gtermi
3.03/5  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 -64.7%

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 -64.7%

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

Photo of twiggamortis420
1.65/5  rDev -41.7%
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 wethorseblanket
2.76/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of irthesteve
4.75/5  rDev +67.8%

Photo of texasnomad
2.98/5  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 +7.1%
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 Harvey98
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of ilikebeer03
3/5  rDev +6%

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Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.