Taps Wine Barrel Aged Lager | Taps Brewing Co. Inc.

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Brewed by:
Taps Brewing Co. Inc.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CAMRAhardliner on 09-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by fisherman34:
Photo of fisherman34
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Gold in colour with a touch of pink. Strong carbonation. Aromas of cherry hard candies, fat cereal grains, and a bit of spicy German hop. There is a definite oak barrel flavor to this one, along with some acidic red grape and apple qualities. There is also a sharp finish which is drying, but prevents any sort of aftertaste from sticking around. I think the oakiness and the acidity gives the beer a slight lambic quality, even though it’s not at all sour. An interesting experiment to say the least, but I think the wine barrel treatment might be better suited to a different style. The beer was probably a bit too thin to start with, and the fizzy carbonation isn’t doing it any favors. Many thanks to pootz for the sample

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Photo of Sammy
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A gimmick for a lager. The barrel ageing did impart a wine aroma, and some colour to the sight of it. Sourish acidic mouthfeel and on the thin mouthfeel side. Worth buying to encourage experimentation, and probably well consumed locally. crwills brought this one, so thanks craig!

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Photo of grub
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

tasting party dec 6/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. crwills brought this one, so thanks craig!

pours a slightly hazy pinkish yellow with a big white head. no real lace.

aroma is ok. bit of dms. hint of merlot. lots of typical lager smell.

taste is interesting. slightly acidic. sweet and fruity with a bit of merlot character. biscuity malt. low bitterness and no noticeable hop flavour.

mouthfeel is ok. light bodied with above average carbonation. feels a little like there's some sting from the carbonation, but that could just be my perception of the slightly acidic character.

drinkability is ok. an interesting beer, but not really my kind of thing.

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Photo of crwills
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale colour in a clear bottle (bad!). Malty middle with a sour aftertaste. Medium-high carbonation. Elements of crackers, red wine, and woody notes. Thought something might be a little off during this tasting; confirmed when bottles not too much later were obviously very off.

A good idea, but please use brown bottles next time!

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Photo of pootz
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewery and from a clear 355ml twist crown top bottle:

Brewer states that this is their amber premium lager that was cold lagered 5 months in 50 gal oak ( used) wine barrels..some still had a swish of red wine left in them...

Poured a brilliant golden-amber hue with a rocky 2 finger cap that reduces to as thick surface lace and lasts the drink... Pungent aromas of fresh bread over more subtle aromas of berry fruit and light woody notes...

Dense malt spine, medium bodied, creamy mouth feel, mellow-rounded malty character...

A big chew of malts up front are soon joined by a balancing dose of herbal hops combined with juicy berry undertones leaves a delicious bready berry-cider decernment mid palate...finishes wet where light woody notes mix with now more medicinal tasting hops,.. biscuity after taste...

Seems the oak wine barrels departed very subtle wood and grape skin tastes but more than this the process produced a true wood barrel lagered beer...and this emparts a blissful, mellow drinkable character that you just can't get from stainless steel tank conditioning...well done guys!, look forward to next year's batch...this one was delicious and satisfying.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting idea for a lager, and quite adventurous for an Ontario brewer. It was originally going to be released in June but there were issues with the wine barrels used. Less than 100 six packs were made.

Pours a deep gold, a little lighter than the Premium lager. The ivory foamy head is pretty shortlived but leaves decent lace trails behind. Grainy malts dominate the nose but there is an interesting subtle oakyness in there. The taste is malty and sweet with hearty barley sugars and maybe even honey. There is a nice grassy, floral hoppiness and a background oak vanilla flavor. I taste some astringent wine tannins as well, pretty interesting in a lager. The mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. The finish is lightly bitter and even more lightly oaky.

A very interesting offering. The oak and wine flavors are very understated, more so than I expected. Still very unique and tastey. If only they made this year round.

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few peculiarities off the bat with this one: firstly, a clear bottle? Interesting choice considering a less than appealing colour. Secondly, why was this a gusher? Moreover, how could it have such an abundance of head in the bottle, then none once its poured in my glass? This was a slimey yellow-lime in colour. The aroma offers a considerable wine dimension. Fresh and with a sort of savage primitivness. A hard swirl would really bring out the wine character, considerable white grape dryness. Some mild tartness to the flavour makes for a very interesting mouthfeel. Never thought I'd taste something so succesfully adventurous in this style. This creation has imparted plenty more dimension than I ever thought possible in a plain, all-malt lager. I enjoyed trying it, thanks CRWills.

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Taps Wine Barrel Aged Lager from Taps Brewing Co. Inc.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 7 ratings