Barrel Aged 12 Dogs Of Christmas | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by vrbulldog22 on 12-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,415
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
109
pDev:
11.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
29
Trade:
2
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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 29 (including tax)/four pack of 12 ozers ($ 0.604/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Undated bottle stored at room temp in salesroom, then at 40 degrees in my garage. Served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Sweet, a little spice (nutmeg?). Fades.
Head – Small (Maximum one cm, aggressive pour), tan, fizzy, rapidly gone, leaving a one to two mm ring fed by effervescence. No layer, no lacing.
Lacing – None.
Body – Garnet, hazy, some effervescence.
Flavor – Begins sweet with a slight taste of spice and honey, followed by noticeable alcohol. The end is oddly refreshing with an unexpected, almost lemony, zing. The tannin and vanillin from the barrel neatly attenuate the honey. No malt, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, almost syrupy, lively carbonation.
Impression: Let me start by saying that I don’t really like the winter warmer style. That being said, I keep trying them in the hope that I’ll find one or more I do like. I have succeeded. While the appearance is very nondescript, the aroma is enticing. The flavor and palate or both unexpectedly attractive, with the carbonation balancing the nearly syrupy viscosity to make a drink that is hard not to swallow. The cloying sweetness of the honey is sliced and diced by the tannin and vanillin from the wood aging. Overall, the best winter warmer I’ve ever had – I’ve actually purchased a second four pack and may pick up a couple more.
Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.75, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dwaters59
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the best bourbon barrel aged brew I've ever had. It pours w out too much head. The spiced notes hit the nose immediately with a mild bourbon smell as well. The mouthfeel is perfect for a winter warmer and the finish is crisp. It still tastes like a beer without being over powered by bourbon as so many do. The flavor improves as it warms. Use a shifter type glass and sip this celebratory brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hman43
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark amber with a tan head that has low head retention.

Smell: There are strong aroma from various spices. Aromas of bourbon, honey, flowery notes, and nutmeg.

Taste: The flavors are highly spiced which include nutmeg and other holiday spices. There is strong bourbon flavors and some toffee note from sweet malt. There are flowery elements as well.

Fee: It has a full body with a slightly a low bitterness in the finish.

Overall, this is a beer which lots of spicy flavor that works well with the bourbon and malty notes.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Amber/dark orange pour. Finger of head.
S: Spices, honey, roasted malts
T: Goes with the nose, but maybe too much emphasis on the sugared notes. The oakiness comes through for sure, and it is well blended with all of the other flavors.
M: Full bodied for sure but not like a used-barrel aged profile. Maybe on the sweet side for me, but not cloying.
O: I would like to know the ABV, but overall this is an excellent brew. Get more, but just once/year. Maybe a good candidate for aging.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONUMello
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Amber color, no head
S: Oak, honey, brown sugar, baking spice
T: Adds plums up front, more of an emphasis on the sugared notes than the nose; the oak adds a nice complement rather than being up front here
M: Not sure the abv on this but it's balanced. Full-bodied, somewhat sweet
O: I was a bit nervous about this based on the appearance/aromas but it definitely all came together as soon is it hit my tongue. I only wish the vintage & abv were listed on the label

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Photo of emeyer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FalconOne
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maillard
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpolewan
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevBot89
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioCoastie
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tappangordo
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Heinen's in Mayfield Village, Ohio

Pours amber with a fluffy light tan head that leaves nice thick retention and nice lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Lots of caramel and toffee. The cinnamon and spice notes are very subtle. The bourbon is subtle as well, but there's alot of oak/wood notes. The flavors are clean, bold and balanced. More caramel and toffee which really shine. The cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger doesn't seem to pop like it does in the regular version. Very nice oak/wood flavors. Mild hints of vanilla. The bourbon is subtle, balanced and not overwhelming. It finishes with a solid warmth, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid barrel aged brew. Balance is the key and no characteristic steals the show. Nice stuff.

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Photo of Peaches13
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftaholic
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Effervescent and has a delicious bouquet of ginger and figs, Christmas in a bottle!

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Photo of MrsSpills
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AJmon13
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JB62
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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