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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Strong Scotch Ale aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels that were previously used to aged Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout.

Added by MasterSki on 08-06-2012

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of McNealc31
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The whiskey barrel aging is evident before the first sip with a delightful aroma. Whiskey, vanilla, smoked peat blend extremely well. Some heat from the 8.2% ABV, but I don’t think as much as the original version. Just as it should be with Scotch ales, there is little to no presence from the hops. A twinge of bitterness at the end is all that is noticeable. Incredibly smooth and really coats the mouth with a delicious layer of whiskey goodness.

The barrel aging definitely adds flavor and texture, even if it does subdue some of the complexity of the non-barrel aged version. But if you like whiskey and Scotch ales in general, get it if you can!

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a liquid caramel golden brown. A quite thin head of khaki tan almost immediately dissolves, leaving just a tiny island of tight bubbles produced by rising carbonation and a thin ring around the outside surface edge. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is quite opaque and cloudy. Apricot orange/brown.

S - Rich dried fruits like apricots and figs mixed with notes of bourbon and dark rum - there's a touch of light molasses. Spices along the lines of cracked white pepper pop up and then disappear, likely the product of the oak barrel aging. Rich caramels mixed with hints of butterscotch. A bit of yeasty breadiness across the background. The only suggestion of hops is that the sugars don't overwhelm the noise, but snap off. My only complaint is that it's too subdued - it thins out as it warms without the bourbon punch pushing thru.

T - Nicely toasted malts mixed together with luscious caramels envelope rich dried fruits, and are then topped with a dollop of warm, smooth bourbon and just a touch of vanilla. It's as much a dessert creation as it is a beverage, as it delivers all these flavors completely integrated in each mouthful. What booze is there is present to enhance the flavors, not deliver an alcohol punch, similar to Bananas Foster. Someone needs to figure out how to deliver this flavor profile in a warm puff pastry and serve it beside a scoop of French vanilla ice cream. A rating of 5 isn't enough.

M - Somewhat fizzy, much more so than the absence of a head on the pour would suggest. Rich, but medium structure, and well-integrated components in the body. Smooth on the swallow, with a bit of a lingering finish of caramel and light brown sugars, but not cloying.

O - Houston, we have a problem: I paid $13 for this bottle, and I want it on tap in my personal bar. What a treat. A phenomenal beer, where the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Quality ingredients are brought together exceptionally well to produce a collage of Scotch-style flavors that enhance each other and make each sip the launching pad for the next. I haven't been this impressed with the overall integration of delicious quality for the style since the Ayinger Kirta-Halbe two Oktoberfest seasons ago. If you enjoy this style, and want a rich, luscious expression of it, do yourself an immense favor and experience this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark ruby tan/brown with a red tint. !/2 inch creamy head with some good lacing.

Smell - Huge whiskey aroma at first crack. Caramel malts, some spices and sugars. Whiskey is the main overpowering aroma.

Taste - AS expected, whiskey flavors mixed with scottch whiskey, carmael malts, and some spices and sugars. Really smooth and mild. The hops arent so much masked as you might think, there moreso mellowed out and balanced with the malts. This is more smokey/whiskey flavored then regular outta kilter.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, mild and bold. Whiskey nails tounge along with smokey.caramel malts. Palate gets more whiskey, malts and a little hop dankness. The aftertaste is malty, and a little dry.

Overall - Very nice combo of whiskey and scottch that actaully mellows out a rather sweet beer. Its not as strong as i was expeceting, this is a fine drink. Why i enjoy this so much it really gets the whiskey barrel aged character down pat. I almost feel like im actually drinking a scottch moreso then a beer. Fantastic, if you enjoy outta kilter, or even think its a little to sweet, this is a must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a dark rusty red body with minimal off white head
Whiskey flavoured dairy fudge aroma
Whiskey flavoured dairy fudge flavour

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Photo of zip1991
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vierenner
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer ... will definitely need to find more.

Not much of a head. Color is copper/amber and a little cloudy. Not sure what to make of the smell ... bananas perhaps, maybe yeast ... really not that pleasant.

Taste is wonderful, but I think you need to like sweet beers to truly enjoy it. There is a slight bite/edge, but it doesn't seem to come from hops ... maybe sour fruit ... it's a nice counter to the sweetness beneath. Overall I get a generic fruit flavor with a hint of vanilla.

Congrats Hoppin' Frog ... Delicious!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed on 8/18/12, served in a Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Pour: Completely hazy amber brown with a finger and a half finger tan head.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla to the max. A really nice waft of raisins and figs come through, too, especially as the glass warmed. Caramel ends.

Taste: An epitome of the nose, with beautiful bourbon vanilla, that doesn't come across as too heavy. Figs and raisins are there in full force, but the lack of chocolate notes that would accompany a BB stout make this very welcome in my opinion. Nice caramel finish.

Mouthfeel: No burn, despite the wonderful bourbon presence. A sipper, but you come back for another sip pretty quickly.

Overall: I was really impressed with this beer, and I wished I grabbed more than a bottle.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

massive thanks to Lat for the excellent trade.

enjoyed from hoppin frog snifter.

a - brew poured a murky mahogany with a thin bubbly head. some visible bubbling could be seen dancing to the surface from about a half inch below the surface, but the beer was too opaque to see any action below that. kinda cool how the bubbling seems to come from just below the surface...and evenly around the glass.

s - whiskey sweetness glazed over caramel malt. some vanilla and even a hint of mint leaves. toasted malt. the booziness gives it a mentholated vibe in my nose as well as fresh brewed tea.

t - leads with toasted caramel malt with a splash of whiskey. the whiskey doesn't seem to be overbearing at all, but rather a side dish to the core scotch ale flavors. i'm a big fan of the style and this is a wonderful take.

m - rather smooth and not too boozy. extremely drinkable. kind of like a winter warmer. not nearly as abrasive as some other barrel aged wee heavies like backwoods. the whiskey is a great pairing on this beer.

o - overall a very nice medley of barrel aging on a base beer. i wish i had the base to compare it to although the reviews of outta kilter seem to suggest that the whiskey barrels doesn't change this one too much as all the descriptors used on the original can be found in this beer...with a whiskey glazing obviously. the barrels are much more integrated with the beer as opposed to a BA Wee Heavy where the barrel lead the charge. extremely enjoyable and a very accessible scotch ale.

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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep red color with a finger of tab head. Ok retention.

S-rich caramel aromas with notes of dried dark fruit. Undertones of whiskey barrel lend some layer and complexity to the rich malty character of the beer with notes of oak, vanilla and rum. Finishes with a toasty malt and tea like characteristics.

T- sticky rich caramel and brown sugar flavors envelope the palate at first. The barrel characteristics are integrated in the beer beautifully. Notes of dry oak, vanilla and a subtle earth tone highlight the beer itself but bring beautiful dynamic layers. Finishes with a tea like bitterness, dried dark fruit, cola and lingering whiskey tones.

MF- velvit smooth mouthfeel with a full body. Low soft carbonation.

D- superb drinkability

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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