Barley's Jack Frost Winter Warmer | Smokehouse Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by Wildman on 01-02-2005

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by blakesell:
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3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pulled from the firkin into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance- Beer pulls a slightly clouded red amber orange with a slim finger high creamy head that quickly fades to a murk across the top. Lacing is slight and hardly clings.

Smell- Cinnamon, slight cherry scents wafting off the top of the glass. Sweet caramel malts, very little hop presence. A slight hint of chilies and bitter chocolate.

Taste- Cinnamon is powerful in this baby, a bit overly powerful. Warming ethyl alcohol, very malty, hops only provide marginal bittering, not near as creamy as would be expected by a firkin.

Mouthfeel- Spicy, slightly sticky, lightly warming, low in carbonation, and full-bodied.

Drinkability- Not really drinkable at all. The overpowering cinnamon and alcohol really detract on the beer.

It should be noted that this firkin line or the beer itself was infected and I got very sick from drinking this beer. I will drink the winter warmer again next winter, but I'll shy away from it when they age it for a half year and decide to have Xmas in July again.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd like to thank Barley's #2 GM (Jennifer) for giving me and my buddy a sweet tour of the brewery and a small explanation of the process behind brewing this beast! I was very pleased to be able to grab some of the last of this.
Appearance - Cloudy full gold. Oily residue slicked the sides of the brandy snifter. A thin ring of beige circled the top rim dissipating quickly. After swirling once or twice no bubbles apparent.
Smell - Whisky (of course). A smooth aroma of JD was present along with vanilla, and oak.
Taste - Ah taste, extraordinary! At first the heavy whisky will push onto the palette like a full sailed manowar! Then roasted malt and brown sugar blends smoothly into a fantastic smooth finish with the JD never letting go.
Mouthfeel and drinkability - Heavy, velvet feel. Alcohol burn which smoothes and dissipates quick leaving room for another drink.

Comments/notes - There's a 2 glass limit on this stuff and I can see why. About 3/4 into the glass the alcohol starts to sneak in and make itself present. The selection was limited and I'm glad I got the opportunity to give this a go.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cask version at Barley’s 3rd Annual Mini RAF (04/16/05): Hazy orange color with a medium thin and bubbly beige head. Not a lot of lacing. The aroma...Do You Like Piña Colada? Whatever barrel this was aged in was not stingy on the coconut aspect of Jack Daniels. Medium-bodied with just as much piña colada/coconut flavor as in the aroma. It is really kind of off-putting to me. Some nut and spice flavors as well but this doesn't hold a candle to St. Nick's, or their normal Christmas beer for that matter. I understand where you would barrel age something to imbue some of the desirable elements into the beer, but this is just too much. The finish is similar to bourbon. I'll pass on this next time.

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Barley's Jack Frost Winter Warmer from Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 3 ratings