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Whiskey Barrel Amber - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
70
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58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 26.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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kennbosco

California

4.75/5  rDev +63.8%

10-07-2013 16:25:22 | More by kennbosco
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12owls

California

4.25/5  rDev +46.6%

01-04-2013 22:50:07 | More by 12owls
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TastefulNudity

California

4.16/5  rDev +43.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 05:59:32 | More by TastefulNudity
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4/5  rDev +37.9%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +37.9%

10-28-2012 05:24:32 | More by archero
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SavvyStudent

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a nice amber body and leaes lace throughout bottle. Slight head on initial pour.

S: Oak, cherry, banana

T: A nice whiskey flavor with some sweetness on the back-end. A little sweet for an amber and not as deep as some other bourbon barrel beers out there.

M: A nice crisp finish without any bad residue.

O: The only reason I tried this beer was it was the only bourbon ish one at the local store. However for 10 I am on the fence about getting it again despite the nice surprise with this purchase. Unique enough to give it a try once at least

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:48:41 | More by SavvyStudent
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

02-04-2013 16:22:50 | More by jheezee
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BryantForestry

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

09-23-2013 01:34:39 | More by BryantForestry
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Btip1969

California

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

06-30-2014 04:26:51 | More by Btip1969
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

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

California

3.69/5  rDev +27.2%
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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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

11-13-2012 03:12:18 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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Harvey98

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

12-09-2012 02:06:12 | More by Harvey98
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thkrb99

California

3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

05-09-2014 00:48:13 | More by thkrb99
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

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

California

3.38/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 06:40:45 | More by hopmandu
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Lovely85

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-11-2012 19:40:17 | More by Exiled
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Jmick28

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-16-2012 03:21:01 | More by Jmick28
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:36:13 | More by bmwats
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gtermi

Texas

3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:09:03 | More by gtermi
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Zorro

California

3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:56:34 | More by Zorro
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valkyre65

Texas

3/5  rDev +3.4%

11-11-2012 14:04:48 | More by valkyre65
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JasonMinck

Texas

3/5  rDev +3.4%

09-08-2013 11:34:47 | More by JasonMinck
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3/5  rDev +3.4%

04-28-2014 00:42:44 | More by ilikebeer03
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Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.