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Whiskey Barrel Amber - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 26.21%
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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UCLABrewN84

California

2.6/5  rDev -10.3%
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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kjkinsey

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

04-23-2014 18:47:49 | More by kjkinsey
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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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GRG1313

California

2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Washington

2.1/5  rDev -27.6%
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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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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twiggamortis420

Texas

1.65/5  rDev -43.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:49:54 | More by twiggamortis420
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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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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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ste5venla

California

2/5  rDev -31%

10-31-2013 02:09:36 | More by ste5venla
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duff247

Texas

3/5  rDev +3.4%

02-25-2013 00:50:41 | More by duff247
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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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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

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

California

2.84/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Phelps

Arizona

3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a wax-topped growler into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Dark chestnut in color and mostly clear. The fizzy grayish head is a late arrival, rising from the depths after the pour’s completed and popping away quickly.

Interesting, softly sweet. Bubble gum, caramel, a hint of apples mixed with whiskey.

Caramel, some peanutiness and marzipan in the flavor. Just a bit of fruits, apples, apricots. In the background, some bottom-shelf booze, with the telltale harsh graininess. Fairly clean, drying finish.

Light carbonation pokes the tongue gently in the medium, runny body. Plenty of fumes in the nose and heat in the throat, but not anything that would suggest 12 percent. The booze is fairly well-hidden.

I’m confused by the choice of packaging. With this beer so average in flavor and so high in alcohol, I’m bound to pour about half this growler out. Nowhere near good enough to justify the price tag or the serving size.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2011 03:37:34 | More by Phelps
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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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tbryan5

Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

12-18-2013 13:31:57 | More by tbryan5
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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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valkyre65

Texas

3/5  rDev +3.4%

11-11-2012 14:04:48 | More by valkyre65
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dwagner003

California

2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

05-24-2014 15:46:55 | More by dwagner003
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -31%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +37.9%

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