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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

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

BEER STATS
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52
Ratings:
192
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
18.02%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, wood, and whisky. Taste is much the same with a slight hop presence and a woody finish on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is rad on so many levels. i am surprised more good scotch ale like this doesnt make it into barrels. it always seems the wood and the whiskey (especially bourbon) are made for the richer malt flavors of a beer like this. its also really cool that they use the barrels that were used to age boris, their big imperial stout. some of the roast and velvety smoothness from that beer is retained here, and it makes a real difference. this has a great depth of flavor to it, even just as the not barrel aged beer is concerned, leather and tobacco low end, sweet long boil qualities of molasses and raisin and dried cherry, even a nutty and a smoky layer work in. the barrel makes a huge impact though too, sweet bourbon, vanilla, honey, barrel char, and the boris notes, which are all pretty cool, and super well matched with the base beer. i like the warming alcohol beer, and think this is about as good as it gets here in the heart of autumn. i love what these guys do, high quality beer all around and some really special barrel aged stuff. more breweries should do the scotch ale like this, its a perfect fit.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown color with an auburn tinge; the modest head quickly fades to a ringlet though it does leave plenty of dots and dashes of lace behind

Smell: Caramel, cinnamon and dried apricots, with only the vaguest hint of the whiskey barrel

Taste: Caramel and cinnamon, up front, with the apricot and strawberry flavors (both fruity and slightly tart) developing in the middle; in the finish, there is a hint of whiskey along with some vanilla, but the effect is suprisingly subtle

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy, with low carbonation

Overall: Having not been much of a fan of the regular version of this ale, I found the subtle treatment of the whiskey barrel really added quite a lot of positives to this version; I had once again forgotten that this is not a classic Wee Heavy, but a "Scotch Style Red Ale" and, as a result, was wondering why it tasted the way it did; still, I quite enjoyed this beer

Thanks, Prost76, for the opportunity

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not retired by any means...Pours into an impy nonic a dull burnt orange infused russet brown with a thin light beige head atop.Bourbon and toast along with big fruitiness in the nose,a touch of lactic-like sourness is in there as well.Fruit and vanilla flavors with underlying toasty barrel,a bit of an abrupt finish leaves just under outstanding.A nice cold weather brew,it warms ya.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; bottled in 8/2012. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a small cream colored head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, cherry, apple, fig, caramel, toast, brown sugar, oak, toffee, clove, bourbon, vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, fruitiness, and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, oak, clove, bourbon, vanilla, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt and fruity flavors; with a very well balanced barrel presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slight and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barrel aged scotch ale! All around nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed ruddy crimson with a sliver of tan head. Minimal head retention & lacing, cleared up nicely

S: Smokeyness, peat, toffee & boozeyness

T: Peat, a touch of whisky, toffee, & a bit of honey, plus oaky dryness up front. Peatyness, dryness & toffee notes, plus honey & oak. Finishes dry, with toffee sweetness, boozeyness, & peatyness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, some stickiness & some dryness & warming

Better than the plane Jane version, but still no Backwoods Bastard. I would buy this again, if this was on the shelves here ( it isn't). Give this a year or so & I bet its great

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served alongside Outta Kilter.

Nearly identical appearance to the base beer. The BA version is slightly darker. Bourbon character is mild in the aroma, emerging mid palate with a light tannic note. Well blended. Wet breads, fruit, malt, tannic notes, oak, cotton candy, barrel, bourbon. Medium body with a bit of stickiness on the palate. Tasty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky red with a small khaki head. Wisps on the surface. Didn't let it sit not enough to make any judgement on retention.

Smell - Whiskey is apparent. Barrel provides some vanilla character. There's a sharp fruitiness to the aroma that I can't place. The scotch ale behind is kinda lost, but I get some of that buttery aroma.

Taste - The barrel is very strong. Lots of whiskey and vanilla laced in with the brown sugar flavors of the beer. The beer dies down into a woody aftertaste. Alcohol bite in the back.

Mouthfeel - Maybe a little too light for a barrel. The whiskey dominates and gives it a lot of heat. Medium carbonation and a nice creamy feel, though.

Overall - It's not great, but it's got some good characteristics. Hoppin' Frog's barrel stuff is usually nice. This isn't really an exception to that, but it just doesn't completely deliver.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, ruby red coloring with a low profile, halo of off-white head. Aromas of honey, caramel, roasted toffee, thistle, and subtle earthy tones. Flavors are heavily roasted and richly sweet forward, with notes of caramel, apple, honey, and toffee, all on a bready backbone. Pretty balanced malt bomb, with some of the bourbon and woody highlights coming through as you drink. Robust and smooth bodied, with a boozy and richly sweet aftertaste. The finish has a slightly cloying linger of caramel, and a slowly building warmth. Good beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark hazy brown in color with burgundy highlights and a very thin head that almost left no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of booze upfront in the aroma I'm assuming is from the barrel with lots of caramel, some vanilla,a bit of oakiness and hints of dark fruits.

T: like the aroma it had lots of scotch booze flavor from the barrel aging process alongside sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla accents, good oaky character, a touch of dark fruitiness and a little brown sugar.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, barrel boozy, mild dark fruits, oaky and velvety finish.

O: I thought it was a good beer but was a little too boozy for my liking. Might mellow out with a little time in the cellar.

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Photo of aasher
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a full bodied dark molasses brown in color with only slight carbonation and no head. The nose is rich and malty with less whiskey than I anticipated. It's nice, just not as bold as it could be. The flavors are nice. It's big and rich with plenty of typical wee heavy malt with a modest amount of oak and whiskey, but it is there. If anything, I would prefer more whiskey but it does increase as it warms. It drinks full in body with a moderate amount of alcohol left behind in the aftertaste. Overall this was a decent BA Scotch ale but would've been easier to swallow if it weren't overpriced, like ALL of Hoppin Frogs BA beers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Tasting Room at Hoppin' Frog.

This one pours a clear burnt amber color, with basically no head or lacing.

This one smells like dark fruit, raisins, caramel, and oak, with some light bourbon and honey.

This is an interesting take on a BA scotch ale. It's classified as a scotch red ale, and has a pretty fruity base, with some caramel and toffee as well, and a pretty strong bourbon character, for being aged in 3rd use barrels.

This is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This was interesting but not one of the BA beers I've had.

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Photo of corby112
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very cloudy and very dark ruby red color with blood orange edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

There's a prominent whiskey barrel presence in the aroma with subtle vanilla bean and a strong spicy rye character that overpowers the notes of the base beer. The barrel notes are really nice but that's all I can pick up until this beer warms up considerably.

On the lighter end of medium body with a spicy whiskey barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer. The aroma is one dimensional but the flavor profile is a bit more complex. There is a lot of interesting barrel flavor with dry oak/charred wood, silky vanilla bean and toasted coconut along with spicy rye and boozy sweetness. Lots of alcohol/spirit flavor but there's little to no heat. The high ABV is nicely masked with a sweet malt backbone balancing out the rougher edges. Hints of caramel and toffee with faint hops and subtle dark fruit notes toward the finish. Not the most interesting barrel aged beer out there but there's decent complexity and it's surprisingly easy to drink. I enjoyed drinking this beer but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a thistle glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like toasted malt, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and raisins. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some apple and toffee flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and slick with low/moderate carbonation. I like this better than the regular Outta Kilter, it's worth a try if you come across it. $12.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Picked this up while passing through Columbus. A becalmed rust colored pour. Just a few bubbles upon close inspection.

Aroma, Caramel, vanilla, some peaty oak. Maybe a little subdued.

Taste, malty herbal tea from the red is quickly overridden by vanilla and heavy caramel. Some oaky tannins. There is a little base red peaks through in the finish.
Fairly barrel forward, for me it really delivered.

There is more carbonation than what appeared. Almost creamy. A little warming, but not overly. Drinks pretty well. Would get again if it was cheaper.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Torgo for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting, as well as his house & his divine stable of cheese. Reviewed from notes taken early enough in the evening to make perfect sense. 22 oz. bottle.

Dark red just like the original version, though not as peppy. Nose is nice caramel, but now with a dose of vanilla mixed in.

Barrel Aged Outta Kilter doesn't quite have the base-beer strength to pull of barrel-aging. Lovely strong vanilla kicks the gate down, almost drowning out the caramel, but still plenty of sloppy sweet malts. The subtleties of the base beer are gone. Still creamy smooth, but a bit slow on the carbonation side, & a touch thin.

Pretty good beer, but not an ideal base for barrel aging in my humble opinion. Still, I'd never turn one down at your corner dry cleaner, either.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy reddish brown with no head. Aroma of straight whiskey and just a few hints of fruits. Wow. Expecting a shot of jameson, but it really just accents the bold red ale flavors. Some cherry notes going on here with maybe a little oaky smoke and some Belgian fruit strangely enough (quad?). A bit chewey on the mouthfeel. Very nice overall. A sipper, but very drinkable. A real fall Friday night beer. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of n2185
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear ruby-brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Vanilla, burnt sugar, and caramel dominate with some licorice, bubblegum, and only a hint of bourbon.

T: Vanilla and burnt sugar here as well with oak, bourbon, licorice, and toffee coming through. The finish is sweet and bready with a light alcohol warmth.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet, but avoids being watery.

O An enjoyable beer, overall. The barrel doesn't come through very strongly, but everything there is nice. My main gripe is the price, which makes it not worth it.

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Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky, rusty reddish-brown. Small tan head despite aggressive pour - fades to nothing almost immediately. Minimal lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel and a touch of molasses. A bit of oakiness. Lots of vanilla and raisin. Some burnt sugar. Very sweet and malty overall.

T: Not as much whiskey as in the nose but it's still here. Up front it's toffee, caramel and oak. Smooth and loaded with vanilla throughout. The middle is a bit smoky with caramel and then the oak really kicks in with a flourish of brown sugar. Finish is drying, oaky, and lots of bare whiskey. Lingering brown sugar is nice too.

M: Medium/heavy body, unusually smooth and slick. Really goes down nicely.

O: Surprisingly good scotch ale. Not too smoky or peaty like some. The whiskey really combines with and compliments the maltiness. Great sweet flavors all melded together to make a nice balanced beer. Highly drinkable due to excellent mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange amber color. Not quite one finger of fizzy tan head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Whiskey and its booziness from start to finish. Earth and mineral, leather, pie crust, slight tobacco, and plum fruitiness. Caramel and graininess from the base beer, but as far as I'm concerned, the beer can't keep up with the barrel. It's not bad, but I prefer the barrel to be complementary and not the main focus.

3.0 T: Like the nose, this is all about the whiskey. Flavors mentioned above fit the bill for this section as well. The nose is mild to moderately boozy, but the alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Lots of whiskey flavors with caramel, toffee, and graininess from the base. Very faint smokiness that could come from either the beer or the whiskey.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Carbonation is on the lower side, but is okay. Too light and not creamy enough. Smooth though.

2.5 D: HF usually kills it, but this isn't very impressive. This would be a good whiskey man's beer, but it sure isn't a good beer man's beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours rust colored with orange highlights. It is topped with one inch of tan head.

S - The toffee and vanilla are more apparent in the barrel aged version along with oak and bourbon.

T - The barrel aging really accents the caramel and vanilla flavors and smooths it out.

M - Full

O - I really like barrel aged wee heavies. The oak and bourbon flavors and aromas compliment this beer's characteristics. It is smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel Aged Outta Kilter pours a darker copper color. Looks like caramel. It’s very hazy. Backlighting gives it a bit of a crimson look. There aren’t many bubbles. A few gather on the surface and look to be tan in color. Doesn’t make for much of a head. They disappear quickly, leaving a very light lacing on the glass.

The nose isn’t very complicated, but it smells good! It definitely features a strong caramel malt base. Smells very sweet. Maybe a little too sweet? Whiskey certainly is noted. It has a moderately strong presence and complements the malt base really well. Smells tasty. At the secondary level, there’s a little oak, vanilla, and perhaps some golden fruit. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overly strong. Doesn’t seem too intimidating.

The flavor is likewise impressive. This is good stuff. The malt base features a really nice, prominent caramel flavor. Very sturdy base. Whiskey follows. It has a moderate presence, but adds a lot of flavor and character to the mix. Blends extremely well with the caramel malt base. Barrel aging also imparted nice flavors of vanilla and oak. It tastes like there are some apple and pear notes, as well. For the most part, it is rather straight forward. It’s definitely tasty beer though. No doubt about it. Alcohol is there, but isn’t too strong. It’s not warming or hot really. Finishes with a mix of sweet caramel and whiskey flavors.

The body is medium. Carbonation is definitely light and soft. It feels nice and smooth. Good feel. For its size, it’s relatively easy drinking. This bomber is going down quickly.

Barrel Aged Outta Kilter is very good beer. Hoppin’ Frog does a really nice job with all of their barrel aged beers. They always impress. This is no exception. If you run across a bottle, pick it up. You’ll be glad you did.

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Photo of beergoot
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The body appears a tawny orange with a relatively thin yet creamy head. Deep caramel sweetness in the aroma; fruity esters in the background; touch of citrus. Huge caramel sweetness jumps out immediately upon tasting and then alcohol heat makes itself known; notes of bourbon playfully sting the tongue and interplay with the hop bitterness. Heavy bodied; thick and chewy; big residual sweetness.

Hoppin' Frog kids you not about rich and malty with this beer. All in all, a rather interesting beer that just misses on being truly great. The bourbon and bitterness are slightly out of sync with the huge malt sweetness and kind of dominate the overall character. This is kind of like turning the Marshall amp stack up to 11 when nine or ten would have been more appropriate. Still, if you want malt and barrel-aging attributes, you'll get 'em both here. Worth a shot (bad pun intended)...

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Photo of Morey
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with some reddish hues when held up to the light. There's about one finger's worth of khaki colored head that eventually settled to a thin and spotty layer. Some "ok" lacing, but nothing crazy.

Aroma: This is where this beer really shines...toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and subtle dark fruits.

Taste: Not as in-your-face as the nose would suggest. It's actually rather well balanced between the whiskey, toffee, and sweetness. There's a touch of dark fruit towards the middle as well. Very smooth and well rounded malty finish with zero alcohol heat/burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for the style with a nice low lying carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: A really easy drinking barrel aged beer. If you have a buddy who has yet to have anything aged in bourbon barrels, this would be a good gateway beer. Reminds me a bit of Weyerbacher's barrel aged beers. I was expecting a bigger beer, but this is still pretty tasty.

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Barrel Aged Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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