Marble Reserve Ale
Marble Brewery

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Marble Brewery
New Mexico, United States
American Strong Ale
4.07 | pDev: 9.09%
Mar 22, 2021
Nov 21, 2009
Marble Reserve AleMarble Reserve Ale
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Rated: 4 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Mar 22, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by beer_wanderer from New Mexico

Jan 11, 2021
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear red/brown color. Modest tan head, some lace.
Aroma of booze, sweet malt, dark fruit.
Taste of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, raisins.
Sweet, easy-drinking.
Nov 20, 2020
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.84/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Currently #11 in the Top New Mexico beers list.

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass format with a standard pry-off crown cap. 2018 vintage. Sleek label design.

9.0% ABV. "Reserve ale | ale aged in oak barrels." "Aged in bourbon barrels."

Served chilled into a Guinness goblet and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: ~2cm in height. Very pale khaki-white colour. Supple, creamy, somewhat thick. Not frothy or weak, but not viscous or robust either. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is average for the style & ABV (~2-3 minutes).

BODY: Deep auburn in colour. Translucent. Nontransparent. I see no yeast/lees within. Could be more vibrant, but it has a glow to it.

Appears aptly (i.e. mildly) carbonated. I note no obvious flaws.

AROMA: Leather, molasses, gooey goopy malt sweetness, rich barrel sugars, scintillae of dark fruit (plum & raisin mainly), a faint suggestion of tawny port wine/grape, caramel, brown malt.

I'm not finding overt bourbon barrel or oak wood...just barrel sugars (no toasted white oak, coconut, or authentic vanilla).

No overt hoppy aromatics. No overt off-notes. Doesn't seem boozy.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a somewhat complex ale that's on the sweeter side but lacks the rich barrel character they so openly market it for.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Thick and gooey, but lacking the refined richness of malt character it needs to justify it. Comes off a bit over-sweet and overly heavy as a result, though it does drip with hints of barrel character...barrel sugar sweetness, some leather. No oak, overt bourbon, rich white oak, toasted coconut, or authentic vanilla though.

Caramalt, brown malt, hints of dark fruit. No overt hoppy notes or off-notes. I do get a hint of burnt malt bitterness towards the finish.

Smooth, wet, filling, unrefreshing. Dries towards the finish, allowing its raisin flavour to rise to the surface.

OVERALL: It'll prove a bit of a chore to finish this given its sweetness and weight, but it's not a bad beer by any means. More time in barrels to mature, a better selection of bourbon barrel to begin with, and better attenuation would help this get more in line with the complex barrel-aged ale profile they're clearly after. I wouldn't buy this again or bother aging it...too sweet, sludgy, and heavy.

Jul 30, 2018
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead on 3-1-18 for $13.99. Bottled on 11-4-17.

Beer poured reddish brown with an okay off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is quite nice, bourbon forward with notes of vanilla and some citrus.

Taste is light bourbon and vanilla, citrus, finishing with a decent pine bite.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall a pricey indulgence that was very enjoyable. Reminds me of the Founders hoppy barrel aged beer. Well done!
Jun 30, 2018
Rated: 4.11 by MattSn from Oregon

Mar 22, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to leftpaw for bringing this one out to March Madness. Pours a dark brass and copper kind of color, thin off white head in the 1/5" range. Aroma of vanilla, wood and booze.

Taste had the old days maltiness, toffee, more wet muddled vanilla. This is definitely old ale territory, the hops are super mild and not contributing much of anything to the beer. The alcohol has a sting and a slight metallic, dark fruit and nuts bitterness about it. The mouthfeel is sticky. The barrel notes are less than average, does not seem to be a long time spent in barrels. Light sweetness. Equal parts old ale, english barleywine, bdsa and quad at times. Its good and was relatively affordable at $15 I think.
Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by shelby415 from Oregon

Feb 18, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Sep 22, 2017
Rated: 4.52 by raspy22 from Arizona

Sep 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a ruddy brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a light foamy trickling lacing. The smell had a deep caramel maltiness combining with a decent boozy vanilla and offering a delicate chocolate and coffee. The taste had a deep sweet boozy hotness allowing the chocolate, coffee and vanilla to combine and intermingle with the booze. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation was good for the style as it was fairly harsh but not too much. Light boozy vanilla rolls over my tongue to the finish. Overall, wow, what a really nice offering!
Jun 22, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by EMV from Pennsylvania

Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by shigg85 from Japan

Dec 09, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by suckaj from Florida

May 14, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by tgates from Minnesota

Feb 28, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by mflamar from New York

Jan 15, 2016
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Reviewed by denver10 from New Mexico

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours caramel brown with a slight khaki head. Aroma is sweet with a touch of roast; bourbon, vanilla from the oak, toffee, dark pitted fruit, bread, leather. Flavor follows suit but with a bitter earthy and herbal finish. A thinner medium body. Overall, good beer.
Dec 11, 2015
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Thank you gatheredwaters for this
22 oz bottle, dated 9/3/14, poured into a snifter

A- A clear deep red/brown with a two finger off white head.

S- Bourbon, toffee, caramel, some dark fruits, faint vanilla, oak, hints of earthy/piney hops.

T- Caramel, toffee, dark fruits oak, some bourbon, char, earthy/wet grass hops.

M- Medium body.

O- A decent bourbon barrel beer, could be balanced better. Smelled great up taste didn't follow up that while. Remind me of a barelywine.
Aug 16, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by BMart from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Jun 27, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Jun 27, 2015
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Rated by duffman14 from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark fruit, caramel, sweet vanilla, oak, bourbon. Incredibly smooth.
Jun 06, 2015
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Reviewed by emyers from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark amber with a very thin off-white head.

Smell: Oak, toffee, vanilla, bourbon. Bourbon is fairly muted compared to many BBA barleywines out there, but definitely present and there is quite a bit going on with the base. Balanced and fairly complex overall.

Taste: Tons of caramel malt with bourbon and oak bringing up the rear. Bourbon is more prominent here than in the aroma, but ultimately the caramel malt really takes over, making this pretty sweet. Good, but could use some more hops or barrel character to balance out the malt a bit.

Mouthfeel: Full=bodied, medium carbonation. A little sticky given all of the caramel malt,

Overall: Solid offering, if a bit unbalanced.
Jun 06, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

May 28, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Apr 10, 2015
Rated: 4.72 by parris from Massachusetts

Mar 08, 2015
Rated: 4.75 by miggs3030 from New Mexico

Mar 06, 2015
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours an effervescent orange/ chestnut with a pinky of tan head. Stays effervescent, great lacing & above average head retention

S: Brandy, leafy hops, dark fruit

T: Plummy, figgy, dry & a touch boozey up front, some leafy hops. Slight sourmash notes combine, raisins & figs as this warms. Finishes dry with woody & herbal hops, with figgyness & just a whisper of apple crumble

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation, skews fruity, thins out a touch as this warms

Booze & ABV are well hidden, a nice offering, not mind blowing
Feb 26, 2015
Rated: 4 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Feb 24, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by jaydoc from Kansas

Feb 21, 2015
Rated: 4.21 by toothirsty from New Mexico

Jan 29, 2015
Rated: 3.87 by Ben7773 from Texas

Jan 29, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by PretzelCity from California

Jan 27, 2015
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours cola brown with a thin head that drizzles strands and leaves a Rohrschach pattern of lace about an inch above the liquid line

Smell: Caramel, fig, raisins and hazelnuts; Bourbon, oak and vanilla, also

Taste: Caramel, vanilla and Bourbon tones, up front, with the fig, raisin and hazelnut flavors developing mid-palate; somewhat surprising bitterness in the finish, though the oak and sweeter tones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: But for the mouthfeel, this Strong Ale verges on Barleywine territory; an excellent beer from a brewery that deserves to be better known on a national scale

Thanks, sunkistxsudafed, for the opportunity
Jan 24, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by MLDucky from Texas

Jan 20, 2015
Rated: 4.86 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Jan 12, 2015
Rated: 4.68 by swinter from Colorado

Jan 08, 2015
Rated: 4.54 by brewqueno from Texas

Jan 04, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by Fireslayer from Wisconsin

Jan 02, 2015
Marble Reserve Ale from Marble Brewery
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