Barrel Aged 12 Dogs Of Christmas | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by vrbulldog22 on 12-28-2011

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Like my fellow reviewer I had problems with the cork. It came out in 2 pieces and was very wet. I had bottle 399/999.

Poured in my Unibroue snifter glass. Hazy brown with a slight red tint with a 1/4" tan head that quickly dissipates. Small bubbles slowly rising through the thick liquid.
Has a sweet smell at the beginning with that unmistakable bourbon aged scent. You can also pick out honey, nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of dried fruit.

It tasted sweet but not as much as I thought it would. The Bourbon smoothness gets you right away but quickly takes a back to the subtle spices of traditional winter warmers. Gives a off a warm feeling even though it was served at about 40 degrees. I have to say I am very impressed with this beer. It’s has a bit of sweetness but not too much. The high alcohol doesn’t blow you away since the beer is so smooth and thick. You really feel like you are drinking something special when BA 12 dogs is in your glass. I understand it’s $$$/ounce but I don’t regret my $ at all.

My father in law is more of a light lager drinker but he had a small glass and swears he enjoyed it. My dad who like Jack Daniels (no ice), was so impressed with the rich complexity of this beer he started plotting on how to get his hands on a few bottles for next Christmas.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to csmiley for sharing this one.

Bottle 461/999

Barrel Aged 12 Dogs of Christmas pours a deep caramel, copperish color. Backlighting shows some nice crimson highlights. It’s topped with a lighter tan head that rises to just under a finger in height. It’s very quick to recede and leaves a light, spotty lacing behind.

The nose is pretty impressive. It starts out with a strong, sweet caramel scent. It’s buttressed by a nice bourbon presence. It complements the caramel scent nicely. The bourbon seems moderately strong and isn’t overbearing at all. There are some nice holiday spice notes of ginger and cinnamon. They seem to be a little less pronounced with bourbon in the house. Vanilla emerges late. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t smell overly strong. Impressive.

The flavor is quite good, but isn’t quite as good as the nose. A mix of sweet caramel and bourbon kick things off. The malt base is definitely on the sweeter side. Bourbon works nicely though. It isn’t overly strong and plays its complementary role well. The barrel aging also imparted a nice vanilla flavor. Holiday spices of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are noted. They’re definitely more subtle here than in the regular release. They work really well with the bourbon flavor. Everything works together to create an impressive flavor. Alcohol is noted, but isn’t warm or hot. I don’t know what the abv is, but it doesn’t seem all that high. Finishes malty and spicy with a touch of bourbon.

The body is medium. Carbonation is mid-range, but the bubbles feel soft. It goes down nice and smooth. It’s big, but it really is easy drinking. There are three of us working on this 1.5 liter bottle, but we’ll finish it off.

Barrel Aged 12 Dogs of Christmas is impressive beer. The barrel aging really works well with the base beer. It’s easily superior to the regular 12 Dogs release. Having said that, it’s not worth the price tag if you’re drinking this solo. With a group, it’s not as much of an issue. Going forward, I’m hopeful that Thirsty Dog will package this a little differently. I love the bottle, but six packs would’ve been much better.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger who shared this one at a tasting in celebration of me walking again and going back to work! Bottle #41 of 999! Served from 1.5 L bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cinnamon, peppermint, brown sugar, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, cinnamon, peppermint, brown sugar, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The barrel really added a nice touch to this brew. It was very heavy on the Christmas spices in this one, but the barrel helped to balance them out. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged 12 Dogs of Christmas Had a cap and a cork~ Pours a light Plum/Ruby with crimson tones, dense light tan head~ malty, lower carbonation, very creamy, warm and satisfying~Taste is the straight kill

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Beer Market in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear amber color, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like bourbon, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

So I guess the base of this is apparently the original recipe for Great Lakes Christmas Ale, which is cool. There's a subtle and well-integrated bourbon character to this one. It complements the Christmas spicing nicely, the cinnamon and nutmeg is what I am getting of that. There's some caramel, and toffee, and some oak and vanilla from the barrel. Thirsty Dog generally knows what they are doing when it comes to barrel-aging, and this is no exception.

This is kind of thin bodied, which is really the only major issue with this beer. It's got a moderate level of carbonation.

A pretty cool beer to try here, glad I got a chance to try it as I believe it's only bottled in magnums.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hand numbered bottle #421 of 999.

Stubborn cork; chipped the glass on the bottle while trying to open it. Pours hazy brown/ruby. Very small tan head, quickly turns into a small ring. Lacing is very minimal.
Smells sweet. Malt upfront, caramel, oak, dark fruit, honey, hints of brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon. I sat & just smelled this for a couple of minutes before sipping.
Taste is sweet but not overwhelmingly so. Oak upfront that fades to malty & dark fruit goodness, finishes with the spice content associated with the non-barrel aged 12 Dogs.
Feels warm even though served cold. Sweet but not too sticky. Medium body, slightly syrupy, very smooth & nice carbonation.

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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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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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Barrel Aged 12 Dogs Of Christmas from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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