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
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
12
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
12.25%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
26
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a murky ice tea color capped by a couple of inches of foam; nice lacing patterns linger

Smell: Caramel, Bourbon and holiday spices

Taste: Caramel with just a hint of Bourbon, up front; the holiday spices develop in the middle, bringing cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger; after the swallow, the Bourbon picks it up a notch, but complements rather than overwhelms

Mouthfeel; Full bodied, with moderate carbonation'

Overall: A very nice beer here, with the Bourbon adding complexity to the Winter Warmer without overwhelming

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken at Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2011.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1.5L magnum into a tulip. # 757/999

pours a dark red with a big foamy white head. very yeasty. smell is of cinnamon, slight bourbon, spices. taste is much smoother than the regular...ABV undetectable. lots of spices and the barrels have really improved this. though they aren't very prominent, the barrels are there and have done wonders. however this is still a heavily spiced beer. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall very glad to have tried this. thanks Tim!

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Photo of markgugs
2.16/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

How has this beer gotten a 91 score?! It was borderline drainpour material.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.77/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%

On tap at the brewery. Pour is dark murky brown with a tight light tan head. Nose is bourbon forward, a hint chalky with notes of caramel malt, a touch of spice with some sweet berry malt. Taste is a bit more spicy, the barrel is a little lighter in the flavor, the malt sweetness comes out more through the finish. Fairly well integrated and not overly sweet with strong carb and a medium body.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of JoeMans
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikepcarney
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of shirtless_mike
1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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