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Whiskey Barrel Amber - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.6%


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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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by zander4dawin:
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zander4dawin

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 20:43:16 | More by zander4dawin
More User Reviews:
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hopmandu

California

3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 06:40:45 | More by hopmandu
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Stevotex

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

04-12-2014 03:18:44 | More by Stevotex
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Willi_BW

California

1.75/5  rDev -40.3%

03-22-2014 19:52:58 | More by Willi_BW
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4/5  rDev +36.5%

03-17-2014 15:14:17 | More by FrankHammer
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PriorDoubleDark

Maine

3/5  rDev +2.4%

03-02-2014 20:26:11 | More by PriorDoubleDark
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CrazyDan

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -31.7%

02-06-2014 02:05:11 | More by CrazyDan
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pcarney8

Virginia

3/5  rDev +2.4%

01-21-2014 01:03:32 | More by pcarney8
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Lovely85

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

01-19-2014 05:07:17 | More by Lovely85
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nickfl

Florida

3/5  rDev +2.4%

01-07-2014 21:57:28 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

01-07-2014 03:37:17 | More by kylehay2004
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Robert84vette

Louisiana

2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

12-19-2013 21:45:01 | More by Robert84vette
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tbryan5

Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

12-18-2013 13:31:57 | More by tbryan5
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.75/5  rDev +28%

12-14-2013 02:32:18 | More by Smarty_Pints
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 03:27:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ste5venla

California

2/5  rDev -31.7%

10-31-2013 02:09:36 | More by ste5venla
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taospowder

New Mexico

2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

10-26-2013 02:32:05 | More by taospowder
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -31.7%

10-25-2013 00:10:40 | More by alysmith4
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mactrail

California

2.1/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:50:19 | More by mactrail
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pkalix

California

3.69/5  rDev +25.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 00:23:49 | More by pkalix
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searsclone

Arizona

3/5  rDev +2.4%

10-15-2013 01:57:32 | More by searsclone
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kennbosco

California

4.75/5  rDev +62.1%

10-07-2013 16:25:22 | More by kennbosco
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tonybigcheese

California

3/5  rDev +2.4%

09-24-2013 00:07:49 | More by tonybigcheese
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BryantForestry

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +28%

09-23-2013 01:34:39 | More by BryantForestry
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GRG1313

California

2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

09-20-2013 05:10:12 | More by GRG1313
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Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.