Colonel Kernel | The Bruery

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4.03/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel-aged barleywine brewed with a beaucoup de corn.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
77
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
19
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a ruddy brown topped by a dense finger of cream colored head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of really intense sticky caramel with some vanilla and dark fruits. Slight oak on the nose as well.
T: Taste is strong caramel corn, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak. The intense dark fruits and caramel are really the stars of the show on this one. Some slight spicy alcohol comes in at times as well. On the swallow this one is more corn, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, and some more oak.
M: This beer is thick and slightly syrupy on the palate. Carbonation is on the low side but is adequate for the style while the abv ensures that this one has a drying finish.
O: Overall this one was really solid. Great flavors and some decent complexity on what is essentially a cornwine or BA malt liquor. This one is definitely an interesting drinking experience and worth trying if they make it again.

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Photo of taospowder
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the gems of 2017 that almost nobody talked about. We all know Bruery is only for drinking now, no other trade applications, which is nice, trading is stupid 95% of the time.

Pours a light brown and amber color, thin, lighter head of tan. Aroma is nice bourbon, mellowed out, mellow corn like the Eclipse variety that one year if you will.

Taste is a boozy caramel corn experience, I dig the slightly lighter base, this is similar to a wheatwine concept, except cornwine doesn't really pop off the tongue I guess. But similar to its cousin wheatwine, this provides a slicker more innocent body for the barrel notes to integrate with. It works, and it works very nicely methinks. The booziness is nowhere near the almost 15% abv. Amazing mouthfeel in that regard. WTF Bruery, you make Cornballer awesome and now this. Why don't you guys just start making malt liquor and shit? Your corn use is God tier. Literally, when I think of the top 3 corn beers ever, Bruery holds the top 2 spots. Keep on rockin' in the free world. I hope to drink my other remaining bottle with either Rosario or Dr. Carroll.

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Photo of moose1980
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was as good (bad? ok, it was not that bad) as expected I guess. The aroma and taste are dominated by the bourbon, but there is a grainy-type sweetness that is distinctly different than just 'malty.' There is even a subtle hint of dryness, almost even smoky, in the aroma that you might find from a bag of dried sweet corn. Background notes of dried fruits - dates, figs, apricots - though these become harder to detect in the flavor over the heat from the bourbon.
Even though candy corn taste nothing like actual corn, the name and sweetness of the beer give such an impression to the senses. Bourbon-soaked candy corn? Fuck it, why not.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep amber color with a ruby hue, one-finger foamy off-white head has short retention, leaving only a ring around the glass

S- lots of caramel and toffee up front, along with earthy tobacco and leather. Brown bread and raisin, wet oak & bourbon all follow. Finishes with a bit of alcohol and some corn-like sweetness

T- sweet caramel and toffee notes follow the nose up front, followed by brown bread. Mid-palate gives plenty of bourbon barrel, but then falls off a bit, leaving only booze on the finish and linger

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

O- a bit disappointed in this one, seemed fairly one dimensional, which only enhanced the booziness on the finish

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/22/2015. Foamed up a bit when I opened it. Pours hazy deep ruby red/light copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, apricot, apple, bourbon, toasted oak, cracked corn, and brown bread; with light coconut, chocolate, maple, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Some booziness in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, apricot, apple, bourbon, toasted oak, cracked corn, and brown bread; with light coconut, chocolate, maple, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, apricot, apple, bourbon, toasted oak, cracked corn, brown bread, light coconut/chocolate, herbal, yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly tannic, and lightly slick/sticky/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden; a pleasant warmth with mild booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible English barelywine. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. The corn definitely lightened up the body for the ABV, making this feel more tannic/drying on the barrel than I’d prefer; but everything came together extremely well otherwise. Great barrel integration without being overly boozy. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StrangerBrews
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got a growler filled at the tasting room. Very enojoyable and very boozey!

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Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear dark chestnut hue that fades to leave light halo.

S - Aromas of big bourbon notes, sweet corn, flaked corn, big big caramel. Really unique.

T - Taste is sticky sweet caramel, shocking amount of corn. Loads of sweet corn and flaked corn.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, silky, alcohol hidden nice.

O - Overall this was a very very good barelywine. Very unique tasting and flavorful. Quite pleasant.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Spilt with rudzud

Pours a big fizzy fluffy head that fades at a med pace, light lacing murky dark ruby color

Nose is crazy, big sweet malts and loads of bourbon, caramel, vanilla oak and vanilla bourbon, a raw toasted dried corn, toffee and candy syrup, little booze, reddish candi malt, toffee, touch of biscuit

Taste brings sweet candy, pretty sweet in general, toffee, candy sweet little syrup and caramel, little bitterness, little booze and ester profile, some bourbon, vanilla barrel and toasted oak but lighter, then some mild corn, toasted corn is light, little chewy caramel fudge thing too, fruity note. Little bitterness and booze warmth late, sticky too

Mouth is fuller bod little fudgey chewy, nice carb, just a little booze warmth.

Overall really nice, booze hidden well, great bourbon and caramel malty base, nice toasted corn that's very unique and surprisingly pretty good.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip appears brown in color with a khaki head and chunks of particulate are noticed in suspension despite a careful pour.

The aroma contains notes of caramel toffee, bourbon and vanilla. While this is my first time having this brew, it feels familiar.

The taste is oaky with caramel, toffee, brown sugar and dates. A slight herbal element to the finish but collectively is quite similar to other bruery strong ales like mash.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. It is a pleasant boozy sipper but honestly is not that different/unique in comparison to other bruery beers like mash for instance.

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Photo of g00ey
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like butt juice; however, the taste is excellent! Minimal head which quickly disappears. Murky brown. Smells sweet -- toffee, butterscotch. Tastes is of a smooth, sweet, and rich. High abv is extremely well-hidden. A wonderful English barleywine. Really the only downside for me was the appearance.

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Photo of Beer21
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joemochas
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrojanRB
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kplummer82
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swanfungus
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle, the opaque/hazy brown isn't the most exciting-looking beer you'll see. The sweet boozy aroma and taste will quickly make you forget that. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden for 14.8%. You get a little oak from the barrel but there's no excess of heat up front or on the finish. Disappointed I only bought one of these.

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

Dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has lots of bourbon sweetness and some dried dark fruits. Taste starts as well with the bourbon but there is also an underlying earthy bitterness throughout. Really straightforward, tasty but I would like it less bitter.

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Colonel Kernel from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 77 ratings