Weinbrand Barrel-Aged Red Ale | Mikkeller ApS

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Weinbrand Barrel-Aged Red AleWeinbrand Barrel-Aged Red Ale

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 05-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of dipso123
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Hultkrantz
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Exiled
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow... never had anything like this.
Pours murky dark brown with a large fading head and big chunks of yeast.
Nose shows currants, port/sherry notes, caramel and faint spicy characters. Really similar to a fortified wine!
Similar flavours, definitely sherry-like in character, but with carbonation! Big sultana and grape notes, very rich and sweet, with a fair amount of booze. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of sherry so a little off-putting in that regard. A bit too much booze.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark maroon pour, small khaki head.

Harsh oak, alcohol, vinous, and sweet brown sugar/caramel.

Sweet mix of vinous alcohol and malt in the taste. Moderately hoppy on the back of the palate which throws the tongue off to a quick oaky finish. The amount of straight alcohol cutting through this beer was not very enjoyable. The sweetness did little to hide it. I'll probably cross Weinbrand off my list of things to try even if it is the pride of Germany or whatever.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.32/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks for sharing, Jason.

A: The pour is a murky dark amber color with almost no head to speak of.

S: Whew, that's a rough nose. Tons of alcohol with just as much, if not more, acetone. It's almost got a mace/pepper spray aroma to it, too. Intense aroma of cheap perfume with a little bit of vanilla and malt.

T: God, the flavor is just awful, too. Acetone, booze, and searing heat. A little bit of bready malt and vanilla, a touch of oak, too. There's a really solventy and rubber cement kind of character to it that is just incredibly harsh.

M: Medium bodied with very low carbonation.

O: Atrocious is a good word to describe this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris Lively for this one.

Pours a light fizzy head of maple brown hazy color, murky.

Nose has maple, caramel, toasted malts, bit of barrel and bourbon like aromas, touch of funk, apple, pear, Belgian yeast fruit and light musty esters.

Taste has fruit, raisin, brown sugar, light red wine flavors, sweet brown sugar, molasses, esters, barrel, oak, woody almost saw dust, almost rum like flavors, wicked dry finish, lingering malts, spices, esters, and dark fruits.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly boozy but not hot, lower carbonation.

Overall good, not awesome though, super dry, fluffy, nice fruit flavors more like a Belgian beer, lots of oak and barrel flavors, light esters, and very light wine.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. I also get a little bit of barrel-aged notes in the aroma.

The flavor is a great mix of bourbon, alcohol, oak, maple and cherries. Just about everything you want in a barrel-aged beer is present in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Masterful beer, Dan's treat at Volo. This little bottle was very complex, a barleywine aroma and boozy. Carmel, above average mouthfeel. Little head it looked like a barleywine. Some sips getting port, cherry, wine. Alcohol warming, I should have waiting until it reached room temperature but it was so tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of rarbring
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark red brown, clouded, has an off-white slightly yellow head. No lacing, good curtains.

The smell is complex, yeast, wood, dried fruits and liqueur. A bit "dusty".

The bee is very sweet, dried fruits, raisins, figs and cherries, some Madeira and yeast tones.

Little carbonation, a soft texture, syrup like, a good body.

Probably needs some settling to round of the sweetness. Tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, red-brown colour with a creamy, tight tan head. Quite nice.

Sweet and malty with a nice toastiness and earthy character. Brown sugar and burnt caramel.

Smooth, nutty malts and a light fruity tartness combine with a hint of oak to create a delicious, rounded flavour. The fruit and nutty, dry malt works well.

Medium body with just enough carbonation and dryness to cut through and add drinkability.

A delightful beer and the second wine barrel aged Red Ale I've had recently. I really like the way wine barrels play with the malt and earth notes of a good Red Ale and this is no exception.

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Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Volo (thanks to MasterSki! - owe you one). Split between Alex, his wife and I to cap the night off. Into three wine tulips.

Pours a murky and opaque orange-red with a little head, and minimal retention. Expected the latter two qualities given the pour sizes, so I'll give this on the benefit of the doubt. Nose is great, red licorice, vanilla, red delicious apple, some light acetic notes, cherry and oak. Sweet. Taste intrigued me, as I got some mild gingerbread/spice qualities initially, but then a sweeter red candy sugar took over. Some vanilla, ripe red apple and hint of lactic acid, almost milky at times. Great mouthfeel, a bit higher than medium carbonation. Smooth, with a lingering aftertaste that I didn't mind at all. No sense of the alcohol (maybe due to the serving sizes we had), but I wish there was more of this to pass around. Good night cap, and my favourite for the evening. Hindered by a bit of a steep price tag however!

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Volo for the low, low, price of $32. Served in a wine glass. Apparently this is aged in brandy casks from Germany - my Danish is poor so I was guessing wine from the label.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin ring of bubbles and near partial cap. Dark red juice-like body, and spotty lace with the occasional finger.

S - Lots of oak, red licorice, vanilla, apple skins, anise, cherries, and some typical red ale sugar character.

T - There's less barrel character in the taste, and more traditional red ale. Fruits, tart apples and underripe cherries, perhaps a bit of buttery oak, a slight vinous and tannic note in the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden for Mikkeller.

M - Present and active carbonation, medium-full body, not much overt alcohol heat. Apple skin tannic and dry finish.

D - I split a bottle three ways, and I could have had more. I'm not sure if this is intended to get more vinous over time as the bartender told my wife it's supposed to be a Flanders Red?! At this stage, it's a solid Brandy barrel-aged Imperial Red.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty dark beige color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of phenolic alcohol is bit too intense with some sweet caramel malt. Taste is also a bit too intense with some alcohol and sweet malt with limited complexity and rounded finish from the wood. Body is quite full with OK carbonation and alcohol is quite noticeable. Unfortunately this one had too much alcohol showing which is sometime a bad trait of Mikkeller even though I enjoy most of their beers.

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Photo of ADZA
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im very interested about this brew and it was pretty hard to class but as ive poured it i know its an amber ale and its been aged in german weinbrand whiskey barrels and by looking at the best before date maybe ive cracked it too early(15/09/2019)but ill definately buy another one just incase anyway onto the brew it pours a nice deep sherry,mahogany hue with avid carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head and a rim of lacing,on the aroma you can definately smell the whiskey along with some fruity hops,caramel,cherries and dark plums,and taste is pretty much the same without the whiskey its a nice caramel malty,fruity hop driven red ale that is very different to taste then aroma as you dont get any of the whiskey aromas through on taste which in my mind is a good thing and the use of the hop ZEUS is new for me as i havnt seen too many brews with it in,overall a nice brew that i will definately buy again and age as i think it will be a totally different beer with some different characters.

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Weinbrand Barrel-Aged Red Ale from Mikkeller ApS
3.65 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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