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Whiskey Barrel Amber - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
69
poor

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 27.02%
Wants: 1
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)
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1/5  rDev -64.9%

rquillin, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of trippytbta
1/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured bottle into snifter

A: pours amber brown, medium light tan head

S: smells light sweet and dried fruity, kind of like raisin

T: taste very messed up, confusing nasty beer. Worst beer I have had in the last few years. Whoever rated this beer above a 20, is out of their mind. Taste like this, "you are pan handling outside a 7-11 for an hour or 2 and you finally mustered up enough cash for a camo...."

M: not worth my words

Overall: they seal the bottle with wax, it's a great beer to play a joke with someone acting like it is a good brew. But it is horrible, that's the joke. Anyways, later

trippytbta, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of USMCretired
1.41/5  rDev -50.5%
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.

USMCretired, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of ACB
1.63/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

ACB, May 29, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
1.65/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Willi_BW
1.75/5  rDev -38.6%

Willi_BW, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of avwrite
1.81/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

avwrite, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of ste5venla
2/5  rDev -29.8%

ste5venla, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of sn4r3m1k3
2/5  rDev -29.8%

sn4r3m1k3, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of jh1982
2/5  rDev -29.8%

jh1982, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of faucd531
2/5  rDev -29.8%

faucd531, Dec 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -29.8%

aubzachsyd, Jun 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -29.8%

CrazyDan, Feb 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -29.8%

alysmith4, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of mactrail
2.1/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

mactrail, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of SSEngelbrecht
2.25/5  rDev -21.1%

SSEngelbrecht, May 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

tbryan5, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Stevotex
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Stevotex, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of dwagner003
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

dwagner003, May 24, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.6/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of MisterGone
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

MisterGone, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

GRG1313, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of EB1
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

EB1, Sunday at 12:47 AM
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2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

kjkinsey, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of taospowder
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

taospowder, Oct 26, 2013
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Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.