Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
67 Ratings
Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red AleWild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
beaus.ca

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong (6.5% abv) interpretation of an Irish Red Ale. Part of the batch has been aged in wheat whiskey barrels, and then reintroduced adding subtle wood and vanilla nuances.

24 IBU

Added by bryehn on 03-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of jcubz
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing spectacular. Nice colour. Very boozy.

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Photo of wwwagainsttimeca
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just ok. Overall fairly bland both in taste and smell. Not a big fan.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

600ml bottle - no mention of any barrel treatment on the label, as far as I can tell, but if there was, I'm sure that it was organic in nature.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some gnarled tree branch lace around the glass as it quickly and efficiently subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, hints of vanilla and medium cocoa powder, a slightly vinous black orchard fruitiness, mild nougat, a wisp of smoke, and very tame earthy and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, rich toffee squares, Oreo cookies, quite subtle generic whisky notes, some plain dark and estery stone fruit, and more understated leafy and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather placid in its rudimentary frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really extant here that might press the issue. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel, toffee, and vanilla the most prominent (ma)lingerers.

Overall, this is a pretty solid version of this venerable Old World style, the focus duly on the malt, with a did they or didn't they woodsiness acting all spectral and shit. Anyways, I'm enjoying drinking this one more than parsing it, so I'll just say - check out Strong Patrick, especially in the lead up to, er, St. Patrick's Day!

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ikidunot
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fortyfield
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Long813
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stoneyard Brewing Company in Brockport, NY.

This one pours a dark reddish brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like very mild whiskey, cereal grain, caramel, and vanilla.

This is an interesting red ale, but not quite punchy enough. The barrel-aging is definitely subtle, which is fine for the style and ABV, but I just didn't find the Irish red base that interesting. It's got some cereal graininess, and some caramel, and very mild biscuit malt, but it doesn't feel bold or rich enough for me, unfortunately. The barrel imparts some very mild sweet whiskey, and a little bit of barrel vanilla.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly thin mouthfeel, finishes a little weak. The carbonation level is lower, but not certainly not that low.

A really interesting attempt here, got to give Beau's credit for that, but not exactly entirely well executed.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vyronian
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikemands
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle into small snifter. packaged february 9, 2015. enjoyed on march 25, 2015

a: pours copper and is a gorgeous glowing transparent ruby in the glass. one finger of tan head from an aggressive pour

s: bready caramel-y malt and raisin-like dark fruits. slight vinous quality. small hints of vanilla and whisky coming from the oak barrel-aging

t: malt-forward and much like the nose. biscuit, caramel, toasted nuts, and toasted bread up front, leading into a mid-palate of raisins/grapes and a subdued slightly-sour citrus flavour. oak character emerges very shyly at the end, exhibiting notes of whisky and vanilla. toasty-woody and mildly bitter back-end

m: medium-plus, quite thick, with medium carbonation. dry finish

o: a delicious malty beer with slight oak accents -- don't expect a whisky explosion here

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Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $7.00 mark or so. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Very dark red color. Filtered clear

S- Good malt and caramel. Lots of sweetness

T- Sickly sweet. Cinnamon and caramel. Spicy

M- Creamy good

O- Pretty good beer. Not great but very good. Nice overall blend. Beau's is a nice company that brews good beer overall

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... Smores! Crispy cookie with chocolate and marshmallow does this beer well

Enjoy

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Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nullbort
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged Feb. 5 2015 and served slightly chilled. Is the label art/name supposed to be a Strong Bad reference or something? Because if so, that is awesome.

Pours a deep, clear ruby-amber colour, producing one finger of soapy, off-white froth that seeps away relatively quickly over the next couple of minutes. A wispy film on the surface manages to survive, along with a thin collar and a modest amount of lace. The nose is best-described as being malt-forward, with toffee sweetness, toasted nuts and biscuity malts providing the bulk of the bouquet. Notes of oak and vanilla are also detectable, but they seem content to remain quietly in the background.

Well-balanced flavour profile, but nothing too exciting going on. Toffee remains dominant, with bready, biscuity malt and toasted nuts figuring in prominently, too. Slight hints of red berry and citrus fruit. Flavours from the barrel-aged fraction - oak, vanilla and whiskey - are noticeable toward the tail end, though they remain relatively subtle, even as the glass warms. Finishes with a mildly floral, spicy bitterness that soon fades behind some lingering vanilla and a gentle, boozy sweetness. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that give this brew a somewhat crisp bite, and a smooth, almost slick feel on the palate. As far as abv goes, this one punches a little above its weight - but I'm ok with that.

Final Grade: 3.83, an acceptable B+. You'll be able to count on Strong Patrick for a few rounds, but in the end I don't think he's going to be a major contender for my refrigerator real estate. This is a well-made beer in a relatively uninteresting style - and while it might be (and probably is) the best Irish Red Ale I've ever had, I still don't find that it makes a particularly compelling glass of beer. Would I drink this again? Absolutely - it's pretty tasty and there's nothing wrong with it. But as far as Beau's products go, it's not something I'd recommend going out of your way for.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryry10
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A good tasting beer filled with Amber flavour.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Elmdale Tavern

Pours a reddish-copper color with a thick, creamy off-white head, good retention and lacing. The nose and taste are both malt driven, caramel, brown sugar, toasted malt, hints of vanilla with some bittering hops on the finish helping to dry the beer out. It has a medium body and soft carbonation making it smooth and creamy in texture. A decent beer and a good example of the style.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

600 ml bottle purchased from local LCBO for just under $8 CDN. Price is steep for an Irish red ale, but let's see how it goes. Served cool into a pint glass.

Appearance - pours a clear dark ruby color with two fingers of tan head on top. Plenty of spidery lacing is left behind once the head recedes.

Smell - rather malty, not the graininess I usually find with Irish red ales. Lots of toffee and some caramel before some vanilla notes and a hint of whiskey comes through. Complex and interesting take on the style.

Taste - again the malt comes through in a big way. Plenty of toffee, caramel vanilla a touch of oak and some whiskey. This is a really nice take on the style.

Mouthfeel - super smooth nice carbonation, medium body yet alcohol is completely hidden. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall - really good stuff, I only wish it wasn't $8 a bottle. Even still I will probably pick up a couple more before this is completely gone.

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Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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