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Amazing Grace - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 29.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
There are some things in this world that just can't be replicated and the 2010 version of "Amazing Grace" was an exciting, stunning success having aged our Ten Penny Ale Reserve for over 6 months in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels. It even won the Bevstar Silver Award by "Beverage World" magazine! However, "Amazing Grace" is destined to be reserved as our ever-changing, but always "amazing" specialty brew with it's essence and bold flavor issuing from the particular type of barrel it's aged in. This year, "Amazing Grace" will be bathed in French Cognac barrels that were most recently filled with Crown Royal! You be the judge, but alas, you'll have to wait til January 2012, but what a way to start the New Year!

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-21-2010)
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Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of inkdemention
1.4/5  rDev -60%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It was an extra from Homebrew in a trade

This beer wasnt enjoyable on any level IMO

A: it looked light in color. Slight barrel appearance.

S: sweet

T: that time you were ditching school and someone broke into your friends parents liquor cabinet and pulled out the Hennessy . Yea. Almost that bad. The faint cheap cognac notes hide what a wee should be for me.

M: medium body to thin with lighter carbonation. Eh.

O: I pour this stuff down the drain. My dog didnt even want any. Avoid at all cost.

Photo of 420Rick
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Auror
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Gtg642
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of raythealeman
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of chrispoint
1/5  rDev -71.4%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz swing top bottle. Pours a dark chesnutty brown with a thin layer of head. Some lacing. Aroma is boozey and earthy with some malts, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is kind of like boozey caramel popcorn. Some earthiness and roasted malts as well. Some dark fruits flavor. Somewhat of a light mouthfeel considering. I wouldn't have guessed the abv was 10%. Not much in the way of alcohol burn. Virtually no carbonation. Overall, it was pricey but good. Probably not worth the hefty price tag.

Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of Homebrew35
1.53/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pouts a murky dark copper color. No head and no lacing.

Smells of Carmel, toffee, subtle whiskey vanilla and oak. Mixed with hard apple cider, vinegar and funk.

Tasted like a a mixed drink of whiskey, apple vinegar, and apple juice. All I can do is imagine how this tasted before the infection took over.

Mouthfeel is medium thin. A hint of carbonation. A firm acidic burn lingers for the finish.

Overall this is a big let down even if others had mentioned this may be off. I'm still sharing my opinion and experience.
$10 a flip top pint.

Photo of HopStoopid120
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt .9oz blue swing-top bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle is very aesthetically pleasing. Nice touch with the swing-top.

A: Clear auburn. Thin white head dissipates very quickly and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Herbal European hops dominate the smell at first. Odd. Sweet caramel and some breadiness eventually take control. The barrel scents are mellow and tame. Whiskey, vanilla, and a bit of wood. There's an even, gritty, earthy yeast smell that tempers everything and holds it all together.

T: Sweet caramel and bready notes open. Bourbon and barrel tastes are subtle, but there with tastes of vanilla and oak. Gritty yeast provides a solid foundation. An herbal, tea-like hop bitterness provides balance, but does not influence the taste as much as the nose suggested it would. This is a good thing. A sweet beer throughout, as expected. Finishes with bourbon and some gritty, earthy yeast flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Residual sugars lend a chewy/syrupy aspect to the mouthfeel. Creamy and very smooth. Pleasing.

O: Good. Drinks very easily, especially for its strength.

Notes: I normally prefer a bigger bourbon/barrel kick to beers like this, but I'm actually digging the subtlety here. The barrel flavors take on a nice supporting role, rather than being the main attraction. This is barrel aging done right. The only minor complaint that I have is that the hops take over the aromatics a bit too much for the style.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee – much obliged!

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are large amounts of vanilla and slighter amounts of spicy whiskey.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as smooth. Sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides a bit as heavier toasted malts come into play. Very slight earthy hops work their way into things near the end of the sip, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall it took a few sips to really appreciate the barrel-aged character of this beer, as it’s not as in-your-face as most others. A well done and nuanced beer, worth a shot.

Photo of letsgowhalers
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was so looking forward to this beer. Especially on National Beer Day! The beautiful swing top bottle opened without much pop. Odd. Poured into a snifter. Almost no head save for around the edge. Smells vaguely whiskeyish but something's certainly wrong. A sour, citric sip confirmed my suspicion of a bad bottle. A REALLY bad bottle. I understand that infections do happen, but usually to homebrew and not an established brewery. And not to an $11 bottle at that. Bummer of the highest order. After reading the earlier review of a bad bottle at least made me feel like I'm not alone. At least I can fill the empty bottle with homebrew.

Edit: After emailing the brewery with my concerns over my bad bottle I got a reply from Rich who offered to hand-deliver me a new bottle at home. Glad I took him up on the offer. This is a tasty beer.

A:Poured a deep reddish brown with a quickly dissipating head

S:Strong vanilla with some dark caramel and a touch of bourbon

T:If there was ever a beer that tastes almost exactly like it smells this is it. Does have just a slight dark chocolate bitterness.

M:Definitely mouth coating especially with such low carbonation. Really lets the flavor linger. Works well here.

D:Nice sipping bedtime beer.

Nice beer overall. My ratings now reflect this bottle, not the first which was horrific. Certainly worth seeking this one out if you're looking for a unique treat.

Photo of Thads324
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my cousin Ryan for leaving this for me a while back:

A : Pours a clear dark amber with a thin white head that disipates quickly to nothing. Very low carbonation out of the handsome blue swing top 500 ml bottle.

S : The first two attempts yield nothing but heavy vanilla bean and a hint of oak. On the next sniff you can make out a solid bourbon whiskey scent with a boozy backbone. There is a slight bitterness of hops that blends nicely with all the woody whiskey scents.

T : A malty forefront of caramel and toffee with a slight tinge of chocolate back. Then hits the whiskey, with a solid vanilla feel and a bourbon bite without the finish of alcohol found in a whiskey. The flavor is smooth, and mellow all the way through. Nicely made for sipping

M : The beer has almost no carbonation, but lends a nice mouthfeel which allows the complex flavors to mellow long and heavy. There is a smooth, buttery feeling that carries all the aroma along with the flavor for a lasting linger with a coating of candy sweetness on the tongue.

D : A fine tasting brew that is smooth and easy as heck to drink for 10%.

A well made beer through and through. I don't know if the guys below got left out in the sun or what, but this is one of the best barrel aged beers I've had in a while.

Photo of Durge
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd say someone got a bad bottle with that last review, but I was not so unlucky. This brew has a dark iced tea color with a flimsy ring of white on top with fair lacing. The aroma offers subtle whiskey malt with beautiful heather honey. Give this some time to stew and boy it is nice, mellow. The flavor offers a similarly well balanced blend of malt and sweet toffee whisky. It's medium bodied with subtle carbonation and a slightly resinous feel, somewhat aqueous, going down pretty easily. Very nice brew, worth the $11 I think.

Photo of woosterbill
1.5/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at a tasting. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear reddish-amber body with a thing, transient off-white head. Pretty good.

S: Sour and rancid. Obviously infected and absolutely terrible.

T: Sour, rancid, and sweet. Not as bad as the stench, but disturbingly close.

M: Light-bodied and full of fine effervescence. It's a fun mouthfeel, but in a barrel-aged Wee Heavy this thinness and bubbliness just screams infection.

D: No. Just no.

Notes: Beware this beer. I was really looking forward to a big, boozy, malty treat, and instead got a thin, hideous mess of infection. What a loss.

Photo of beerich
4.95/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let's just call this one Olde Burnsides "Super Brew".
I have always loved their Ten Penny Ale Reserve but, ageing it in whiskey barrels makes it pop with even more interesting flavors, a slight oakiness, vanilla, and a wee hint of spirits.
Bought 4 bottles to share with my friends over the holidays. They enjoyed the empty bottles, because I drank them all myself.
A nice addition for my hometown brewer - keep up the good work.

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Amazing Grace from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.