Reserve Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Reserve Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged PorterReserve Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
crickethillbrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lackenhauser on 03-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
144
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
19
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of John_Crozier
4.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich tasting porter

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Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, mahogany brown body; thick, fluffy head. Nice combination of roasted grains and bourbon scents; fermented raisins and dates. Date, fig, and raisin flavors; bourbon barrel notes; boozy. Heavy body yet soft with a highly carbonated fizziness that weakens the overall feel; warm.

A fair whiskey barrel-aged dark beer, yet the flavors don't really present any unique or unified wow-factor and the body presents a lot of weakness with a watery, fizzy character as opposed to a smooth and velvety depth that one might expect from the style and barrel aging.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WanderlustNJ
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/5...pours pitch black, like midnight. Small but foamy tan head. Bourbon backed roasted nose. Woodsy and earthy. Smooth chocolate malt and light coffee flavor folded inside a whiskey bourbon exterior. Blended all together. Light but present bitter close. Solid.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walleybeer
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big old dark brown pour, full inch of head, lighter brown. One of the best looking barrel aged beers I've ever seen. Aroma was good, almost equal parts bourbon and roasting. Dark malts produced coffee like bitterness, vanilla was in good supply too.

I really liked the accessability of a below 7% bourbon beer here. Solid porter base, meets barrel, nothing fancier than that, and they did it quite well. Chewy and bourbon flavor but without the heat. Solid beer.

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Photo of rab53
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of captainkrad
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njcraftguy
4.69/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very underrated beer. Excellent in every aspect. Full flavor and aroma. Superb beer.

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Photo of Boccu
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark. Slight head. Nice aroma. Nice porter easy to drink. Alittle weak on the flavor for me light has hints of bourbon at the end.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JG-90
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrentLepping
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I honestly have no idea why the ratings are so low on this one. The absolute only knock is that the aroma should be a bit stronger given the bourbon barrel touch (though, even that improves as the beer warms up). But the rest of the beer, especially the Tate and Mouthfeel, deliver in every possible way. Supremely crafted brew featuring tons of oak, vanilla, and bourbon notes with a silky finish.

Scooped this one up from St Gambrinus in Brooklyn on recommendation from Ray and it certainly didn't disappoint.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mtdewa1
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Odysseyalien
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Unique in taste and design. For the more advanced beer advocate.

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Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Reserve Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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