Ride That Goat
The Bruery

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German Weizenbock
4.2 | pDev: 9.05%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Imperial Weizenbock aged in Bourbon barrels
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 95 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The poured a dark caramel color with an off-white colored head. Sediment was very visible.

Smell - The nose was lightly boozy with caramel notes as it warms.

Taste - At the front, the beer radiated heavy grape and dark fruit notes. Vanilla and oak notes followed with the caramel emerging later. Bourbon was balanced throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel - The beer had a a heavy body.

Overall - I might have yet this 2015 sit too long, but it was still delightful.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a foamy and creamy thin white head with decent retention

S- smells of boozy bourbon & oak, caramel/toffee, dark banana bread, toasted bread crust and banana flavored runts candy

T- big boozy bourbon barrel up front gives layers of caramel, toffee, coconut & vanilla. Mid-palate brings bready dark brown bread and banana. The finish gives more oak bourbon with a linger of caramel and banana

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- liquid banana bread, delicious

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a Bruery snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of bready malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak with some hints of banana
T: Taste is light banana and bread with some toffee, caramel and vanilla from the barrel with some light oak flavors. Slight spice at times as well. Swallow is a little boozy but there's also some more toffee, banana, and vanilla with some lingering oak and spice.
M: This beer is full in body with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish from the ABV
O: This one is really freaking good. The flavors and complexity are really nice and the bourbon barrel influence integrates well with the base beer. This is definitely one to sip and savor. It's a little boozy but it isn't too bad. Definitely one to try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outrageous. Pure sunshine, coconut and vanilla in a bottle. Oh, did I forget to mention it's drenched in bourbon. Not sure what the solid floaties are, not protein, but whatevs, this is a great kick in the face.

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Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Steve. Cash money! Although a bit dull in the pour, the rest of this beer rocks the house. Smooth for a 13% beer. Mildly sweet, but a real nice weizenbock.

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Photo of Ri0
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 750ml into snifter. Bottled 8/2015. It is brown/dark amber in color with a thin tan head. Minimal retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma is very bready with some banana, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, full of toffee and caramel sweetness. The barrel gives it notes of vanilla and bourbon. The flavor is sweeter bread, banana followed by caramel; mild and dark fruit; and vanilla and bourbon. It maintains a rich, full-bodied mouth-feel with decent carbonation.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was really surprised by this one. I expected it to be very malty and like most German beers, but the barrel presence on this one was great. Lots of caramel notes with dark fruit and lots of bourbon on the nose and finish.

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of big wheat, definitely weizenbock, big bourbon notes, nice coconut.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice bourbon juice and great wheat. Loads of coconut barrels, excellent fruit notes. Really great.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden very well.

O - Overall this beer was really good, excellent barrel notes. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Split with rudzud

Light fizzy head, super dark molasses brown color.

Nose a mix, bourbon juice, vanilla barrel, dark molasses caramel brown malts, nice caramel candy, hint of coffee, biscuity wheat note, faint coconut barrel into big coconut as it warms.

Taste brings more grassy characters, plenty of toasted coconut up front, nice vanilla barrel, little juicy whisky note, a little creamy toasted wheat, faint citrus note, some caramel toffee, faint touch of booze, and dark fruits late. Finish little bitter, bit drier, tons of caramel toffee and bourbon with touch of coconut.

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy, light carb, touch of booze.

Overall, pretty nice, great coconut, nice barrel, even weizenbock was decent, caramel toffee etc.

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Photo of cvm4
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Pours a murky and muddled brown body with a one finger khaki colored head. No real lacing or retention to the head.

S - The nose is heavenly and so well balanced. Whiffs of dark fruits to start that transitions into a caramel, vanilla and brown sugar symphony. The ending has a light oak finish.

T - The taste is more bourbon forward than the smell. Still getting a good helping of dark fruits, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar, along with oak.

F - On the light side of medium bodied and low carbonation. I think with a bit more body and carbonation, the mouthfeel would really compliment the beer. The alcohol heat definitely shows up.

O - Overall, this is a great change of pace that keeps my attention.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't really care what they call this -- weizenbock, old ale, barleywine, whatever -- the fact of the matter is that it's fantastic. The nose in particular just sings -- no wafts of alcohol at all, instead just rich harmonies of raisins and dates, cocoa and vanilla, brown sugar and rum/bourbon. Absolutely stellar. Palate is excellent as well, coming off to me like an old ale/barleywine hybrid, the weizenbock characteristics very subtle. Mostly, this is rich, sweet, warming, dark fruit, barrel notes (caramel/vanilla)...it's just a winner. I can be skeptical of The Bruery at times, both from a price and conceptual standpoint. But, hot damn, this one's a winner.

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Photo of Tele
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 8.14.15)
Consumed: 1.15.16

A: 4.25 Pours a hazy, reddish-brown with a small, light tan head. Not the prettiest beer and not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

S: 4.5 Strong bourbon, vanilla, and malt presence on the aroma, much like a barleywine. Raisin, toffee, caramel, rum, and mild coffee come through as well. Sweet, big, and boozy – really nice.

T: 4.5 Flavors are right there with the aromas. Quite sweet but there’s good roasted malt to balance it all out. Overall, pretty similar to the nose (vanilla, caramel, toffee, etc.), but with more coffee, milk chocolate, and raspberries. The finish has just a tough of cinnamon and pepper with little to no bitterness.

M: 4.5 Thick and chewy with moderate carbonation.

O: 4.5 I wasn’t sure what to expect from this beer, but it turned out really nice. The Bruery does a nice job walking the line between old ale/barleywine and stouts and this one fits their style really well. Hopefully they make this one again.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good bit of bourbon. The bourbon is nice, it dominates, but it throws off the balance. The Weizenbock base is faint, barely recognizable. The alcohol is semi-present as well.

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Photo of Kapagna
1.92/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yikes! Tastes like whiskey mixed with sunscreen.

Maybe the problem is too many experiments at the same time. Its an imperial Weizenbock (uncommon but I've had one before) and a barrel aged bock beer (the first I've seen).

I couldn't finish a glass.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a muddy brown color with khaki head that fades leaving patchy lace.

It smells rich with barrel notes like vanilla and caramel with underlying bready malts. It tastes of coconut upfront then bourbon, bready sweet malt and a mild bourbon infused alcohol tang.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A pretty interesting brew that is classic bruery sweetness that is hardly cut by big alcohol.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle cloudy dark brown. The khaki head remains as a thick cap on top. Big caramel malt, toasted bread, a hint of banana and pleasant bourbon accents. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- 4oz. pour off tap into tasting snifter at the Tasting Room (Placentia, CA) on 23-Oct-15

A bit boozy, but nice caramel and chocolate in both the taste and aromas. The smell is very much similar to Melange 3.

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Photo of BWood
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: typical bock color. Brown with red hues.

S: amazing. It has that rich smell you want out of a heavy bock with smooth bourbon infused. This truly is a great smelling beer.

T: great rasin and bourbon flavor. I taste hints of syrup. Amazing combination here. I love the weizenbock and bourbon barrel. I am a true fan.

F: smooth with a full mouth feel that lingers

O: I really enjoyed this beer. This is a rare combination that worked out very well. I wish I had more

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Photo of johnInLA
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.

Dark brown, off white head which quickly diminishes.

Nose has strong banana, some bubble gum, with a touch of caramel.

Taste has lots of banana, some spice, caramel and malty sweetness..

Overall I'm on the fence as to how much the barrel aging improved this beer. I wouldn't mind tasting the base beer. But one thing is certain, this is a beer I would seek out again.

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Photo of IKR
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Appearance: Cloudy dark-brown in color. Fairly large medium-beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Bourbon , brown sugar, mild banana/fruity notes, and some oak notes.Mild alcohol presence in the nose.

Taste: Bourbon, moderate banana, raisins, some brown sugar, and mild oak tannic notes. The beer is not like the typical Bruery bal-aged beers as this one is not sweet and finishes with the Bourbon notes but in a dry fashion.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: Another good Bruery bal-aged beer. This one is interesting and much less sweet than most of the other bal-aged Bruery beers. Good beer.

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Photo of Beer_Line
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow this beer is a refreshing take on barrel aged beers.

Pours dark and thick

Aroma of malts banana and bourbon

Taste like malty chocolate bourbon banana spiced bread ending with some coconut and light vanilla.

Mouthfeel: slick and full

Overall: This is an amazing beer. I refreshing BA beer, rather than another stout I applaud Bruery on pushing the limits

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