Barrel Aged Outta Kilter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Barrel Aged Outta KilterBarrel Aged Outta Kilter

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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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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 SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a nice copper color with a small off white head that quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of caramelized malts and some dark fruits with some vanilla and wood
T: Taste on this one is big caramel with some dark fruits, vanilla and some oak. Lots of malty sweetness on this one and layers of caramel flavor. Swallow is more caramel with some oak and vanilla with some lingering dark fruits. Hints of smoke at times as well
M: This one is big and sticky on the palate with soft carbonation and a drying finish
O: Overall this is one pretty impressive beer. The flavors are good and the barrel adds some nice complexity but the base beer still shines through pretty well. Definitely one to try if you like Scotch Ales and BA beers.

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Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark red-orange color, good clarity.mcreamy off white head settles after a while. Thin collars of lacing.

S: The barrel brings forward but well-integrated smells of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The underlying scotch ale provides a perfect base of caramel, toffee, toast, and red fruits. So,e earthy yeast and perhaps the faintest whiff of leafy, gritty hops.

T: Rich malty backbone of caramel, toffee, toast, and grain. Currants and red fruit. The barrel plays very nicely off of all this, bringing bourbon, toasty oak, and vanillins to the table. Earthy yeast. Subtle leafy hop bitterness. Trailing toasty and bourbon finish.

M: Rich malt body. Silky and chewy. Soft carbonation. Warming and comforting alcohol.

O: Where the interests of malt lovers and bourbon barrel fanboys intersect, we have this beer. I've always thought that of all beer styles, scotch ales lend themselves exceptionally well to the bourbon barrel. The rich malt focused flavors blend beautifully with the sweetness of the bourbon and drying toasty wood. Everything is easily rounded off and flavors meld perfectly. Good drinking.

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Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmrncrzy10
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Tasted as part of a blind tasting.

Pours a light crisp amber color, thin khaki head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is of raisins, blackcurrant, overlaid by a very sweet booziness.

Taste follows the nose with notes of raisins, sweet vanilla, oak, bourbon and black currant.

Feel was very smooth but kind of thin and light. kind of watery for a barrel aged beer. Medium carbonation and very drinkable.

Overall this was tasted as part of a blind tasting of five barrel aged wee heavies. Bit thin and weak for a barrel aged beer, but not bad. Not a great example of the style.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TBonez477
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gjoker321
2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jw4free
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: dark Amber, light brown. Decent carbonation, clear. Moderate head fades to a small ring that last the whole drink. Limited lacing. S: caramel oak char. The malts show up towards the end. T: alcohol, definite whiskey barrel, vanilla and dark caramel. F: medium body. O: correct as labeled.

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

Photo of Tylertut
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Sabtos
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Something of an old ale and thin barleywine. Fruits and sugars suggest dates and pineapple; vanilla and alcohol weave through... Medium-bodied but slick and slim-feeling. Leaves some resinous shellac behind, here conjuring impressions of a Scotch ale. Not hoppy enough to be a red ale despite the label. Not sure if this was a recent release or a left-over from last year.

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Photo of 303beer
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy red with a half inch of dense rocky head. Has a sweet smell and defined barrel notes in the nose. Super smooth is the immediate reaction. Then the barrel sweetness. Umm the barrel does overpower the red but that's not a problem because it tastes awesome.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love scotch ales and I love whiskey barrel beers, so this seemed like a natural home-run. I'm extremely disappointed. All I taste is booze booze booze. I've had 14%ers that tasted less boozy than this. Whatever the barrel did seems to have completely covered whatever beer was underneath. Will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Barrel Aged Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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