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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): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,004
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
121
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
32
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really wanted to try this and after picking up a bottle for 7 bucks I was in! Poured into a pint glass. Smells just like the base is pretty subdued. Maybe some light caramel body and a touch of light bourbon. I remember this beer tasting of ginger and hops mostly so I go into the taste. Woah is the first thing I said its pretty much all bourbon and cinnamon. Like fireball which I kind of hate. Ginger is the next thing I taste which was pretty strong in the base and it still is with the aged version. Body is fairly heavy semi smooth but the heat is strong in this one even after 3 months of age.

Overall I am pretty confused since some are saying the spices are lost and it STRAIGHT UP taste like cinnamon whiskey. Not loving it so this purchase is a wash.

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ceweee
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12/9/18 bottle

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Photo of Sewercap
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Definitely lost some of the flavor with the barrel aging. Had a boozy aftertaste, and the spices weren’t all that noticeable. Too bad. Nice and strong, but could have been so much more flavorful.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a deep rust color with some haze and sediment. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

Clove and nutmeg are the initial aromas. I also get some ginger and honey. I think I even get some cinnamon as it warms.

The spices are kind of muted in the taste. The cinnamon, clove and nutmeg are there. I get hints of booze to let me know it was in some barrels.

Medium bodied with a spicy, medium mouthfeel

I can't say that the barrel aging improved the flavor of the base beer. Aging lessened the impact of the spices. If you think 12 Dogs is too spiced then maybe you will prefer this version. It is not bad. It is just not an improvement of the base.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The spice notes get a little lost in the bourbon, but what is there doesn’t quite mesh with the boozey notes - makes it just a bit too sweet & cloying

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Photo of gobuccos
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, peppercorn, ginger, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, brown bread dough/crust, and biscuit; with light notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, herbal, grass, char, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, honey, spices, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, peppercorn, ginger, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, brown bread dough/crust, and biscuit; with light notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, herbal, grass, char, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness; and cinnamon, bourbon, oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, peppercorn, ginger, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, brown bread dough/crust, biscuit, light dark fruit, herbal, grass, char, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of of dark/bready malt, honey, spices, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and tannic oak. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mild warmth of 10%, with no barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged winter warmer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of of dark/bready malt, honey, spices, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly balanced rich malts, honey, spices, and barrel presence/integration. Not overwhelming on any aspect. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected. Equally as impressive as the base beer, with added charred bourbon barrel complexity.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrJuengling
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
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 -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dwaters59
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hman43
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONUMello
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FalconOne
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Barrel Aged 12 Dogs Of Christmas from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 121 ratings