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Whiskey Barrel Amber - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 26.39%
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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rquillin


1/5  rDev -65.3%

12-25-2012 00:52:55 | More by rquillin
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USMCretired

California

1.41/5  rDev -51%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 15:28:07 | More by USMCretired
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ACB

California

1.63/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 20:54:29 | More by ACB
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twiggamortis420

Texas

1.65/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:49:54 | More by twiggamortis420
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Willi_BW

California

1.75/5  rDev -39.2%

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

California

1.81/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - At first looks okay. Nice brown color.

S - Sweet smell, which is surprising for a bear of such high ABV.

T - Okay, but not pleasant after the first sip. Strange mix of ultra bitter and sweetness. A confusing taste.

M - The worst. After a few sips, quickly loses any enjoyability.

O - Would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 22:45:58 | More by avwrite
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ste5venla

California

2/5  rDev -30.6%

10-31-2013 02:09:36 | More by ste5venla
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sn4r3m1k3


2/5  rDev -30.6%

07-22-2014 02:55:21 | More by sn4r3m1k3
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jh1982

Nevada

2/5  rDev -30.6%

01-28-2012 03:48:03 | More by jh1982
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faucd531

Louisiana

2/5  rDev -30.6%

12-02-2012 05:04:20 | More by faucd531
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aubzachsyd

Iowa

2/5  rDev -30.6%

06-20-2014 02:00:27 | More by aubzachsyd
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CrazyDan

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -30.6%

02-06-2014 02:05:11 | More by CrazyDan
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -30.6%

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

Washington

2.1/5  rDev -27.1%
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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SSEngelbrecht

Louisiana

2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

05-12-2013 18:23:11 | More by SSEngelbrecht
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tbryan5

Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

04-12-2014 03:18:44 | More by Stevotex
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dwagner003

California

2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

05-24-2014 15:46:55 | More by dwagner003
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.6/5  rDev -9.7%
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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GRG1313

California

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

09-20-2013 05:10:12 | More by GRG1313
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kjkinsey

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

04-23-2014 18:47:49 | More by kjkinsey
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taospowder

New Mexico

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

10-26-2013 02:32:05 | More by taospowder
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Robert84vette

Louisiana

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

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

California

2.84/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Heard legendary things about how horrible the beer from these guys was. Saw this in San Diego, so I had to give it a shot.

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a 1/2 finger tan head.

S: Very mild smell. Mild whiskey, molasses, caramel and some apple. As it warms, it turns to a less pleasant malt syrupy sweetness.

T: mild graininess with hints of toast, watery apple cider, and a light toasted malt finish. Feels and tastes like it's about 5%. Nothing tastes offensive in here, but nothing really tastes like much at all, which is a problem.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 04:40:53 | More by notchucknorris
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zander4dawin

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -1%
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
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Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
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