1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Whiskey Barrel Amber - Indian Wells Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Whiskey Barrel AmberWhiskey Barrel Amber

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

67 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kennbosco
4.75/5  rDev +70.9%

kennbosco, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of 12owls
4.25/5  rDev +52.9%

12owls, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of TastefulNudity
4.16/5  rDev +49.6%
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.

TastefulNudity, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of FrankHammer
4/5  rDev +43.9%

FrankHammer, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +43.9%

archero, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of SavvyStudent
3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
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

SavvyStudent, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of BryantForestry
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

BryantForestry, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Smarty_Pints, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of pkalix
3.69/5  rDev +32.7%
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...

pkalix, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

IrishGermanAmerican, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Harvey98
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

Harvey98, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of thkrb99
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

thkrb99, May 09, 2014
Photo of trevordglenn
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

trevordglenn, Friday at 08:23 AM
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

kylehay2004, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of hopmandu
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

hopmandu, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Lovely85
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Lovely85, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Exiled
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Exiled, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Jmick28
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Jmick28, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Btip1969
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Btip1969, Jun 30, 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
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 Zorro
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
Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +7.9%

valkyre65, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of JasonMinck
3/5  rDev +7.9%

JasonMinck, Sep 08, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.