Marauder (Born From Wood Series) | Great South Bay Brewery

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Marauder (Born From Wood Series)Marauder (Born From Wood Series)

Brewed by:
Great South Bay Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Marauder is not your ordinary scotch style ale. Consisting of a larger than life grain bill and a long kettle caramelization process, this dark liquid is full of rich flavors of malted barley and caramel. If that wasn’t enough, this beer has been aged in oak bourbon barrels for 3 months to round out the complexity of this brew. At 10% alcohol, Marauder will leave you scavenging the island for this buried treasure!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-21-2011

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 7
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

been sitting on this since the release a while back, tonight seemed like the appropriate night to pop it as i'm celebrating some local successes and this is a local limited release.

batch 004
bottle # 50 / 180

aged in hudson bourbon barrels

a - poured the 16oz? bottle into my blue point snifter (keeping things local!)...the brew filled the glass to the top with a really attractive lush deep purple red brown liquid that settled in the glass pretty much the light i see some crimson highlights, but they are few and far between as the light hardly penetrates the beer. a thin bubbly head that bubbled away shortly after the beer settled in the glass.

s - as a big fan of the scotch ale style (particularly when aged in bourbon!) i was pleasantly surprised by the classic toasted caramel smell smoothed over by some chocolate notes from the booze infused wood.

t - the flavor is equally impressive. chocolate covered bourbon soaked toasted caramel malt. nutmeg and some grape.

m - drinks like a dream. SUPER smooth, goes down like a glass of juice...carbonation is very light, but it works incredibly well. the booze is invisible.

o - not sure if the time i held this played a role in everything being just perfectly placed or if this was a winner right out of the gate, but it is a winner right now. i am floored by this beer. i have not been overly impressed with much of what comes out of long island in general, but there are a few diamonds in the rough, and this beer is a gem. i wish this wasn't my only bottle as i would've loved to have shared this. oh well, more for me...i will certainly savor this one while i can.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.44/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Tulip glass on tap here at the Republic, Farmingdale NY.

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown coming off almost opaque with medium bubbles to the body. Head was an off-white color maybe quarter an inch below my finger. Settles like nada after the first sip.

Smell: sugary notes. Like think of sweet molasses and vanilla with notes of rum. Little complex and can be pushed a little more.

Taste: Sweet vanilla, seriously with the after alcohol feel and did I forget to mention sweet. Comes offa little bit of toffee which kinda reminds you a bit of certain English barley wines.

Mouth: Medoum carbonation but ultra sticky, factoring how heavy it drops on your palates after you finish a glass you will thank me later or a day...depends who's asking.

Overall: Good brew, as a matter a fact maybes step above us food chain of what you will ever have. Best compared to quite a few wee heavy beers and very hard to contrast the bias. Salud.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark mahogany color with a 1 finger tan head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of bourbon, peat moss, toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, tea leaf, malt and woody/oak notes. A malt bomb with nice boozy notes and enough bourbon to bring lots of barrel notes.

Tastes of caramel, peat moss, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, toasted grains, smoked wood, bourbon, malt, toffee, maple syrup and lots of malty complexities. Rich malt flavors combined with the bourbon make this a nice malty treat, and it's easier to drink than expected with the high ABV.

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Photo of BeerOps
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichThatchr
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this mouthful of an ale at TJ Finelys in Bayshore, NY last night and I was excited to learn that it was based on a friend's homebrew plans. While I had tasted this on cask previously and liked it, I was waiting to see if it was going to full production.

The tap version captured an unusual element of layers within the beer that I have rarely tasted. Maybe it was akin to the cream in a filled donut that struck me as new for the beer as the bourbon barrel influence was very prominent on top of a very good ale.

The aroma of bourbon coupled with the taste confirmed the abv was well above the mentioned 7%.

The taste was very pleasant and malty. It left me with the idea that the hops were merely waived over the top of the mashing vat.

I didn't think I would normally take more than two in any sitting. Okay, I had three...but it was its first arrival and we were having a great time too.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Features Galena hops, Maris Otter and roasted barley malts; brewed in 2017, bottled in 2018, part of their Born from Wood reserve series... Pours dark brown, essentially opaque black in the glass; kicks up but a biref dark tan foam in the goblet from a center-pour... Not bad at all - solid take on the style - malts are fairly forward, with some dark brown bread and fruit cake elements; bourbon is lightly airy on the palate with pronounced barrel woods lending a nice drying quality to the beer; mild molasses-like sweetness over impressions of booze-soaked fruits with some darker citrus tang... Smooth and mild; little bit of resinous shellac lingers behind but airs out nicely... As I've been drinking it I've been regarding it as quite a nice entry to the style...

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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Icemann383
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle 2015 version purchased at the brewery last weekend

Pours near black, dark mocha head, leaves nice fine sheeting.

Just some moderate dark malts on the nose.

Loads of rich maple malts, caramel, vanilla and some light bourbon all picked up. Alcohol on the over present side, making this one officially "hot'...maybe some more time in the bottle might help this bash...moderately impressed but no home run here

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 35 ratings