Marble Reserve Ale | Marble Brewery

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Marble Reserve AleMarble Reserve Ale

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Marble Brewery
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by vurt on 11-21-2009

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed blind thanks to the best BIF out there, Blind BIF 7

Bottle labeled #7 from quirkzoo

Pours from a black waxed 22 oz. bottle, its a murky deep chestnut brown with a half inch of tan foam that retreats to a layer of soapy bubbles leaving some decent lacing. The aroma is a mix of vanilla, coffee or some other roasted smell, there is a hint of sweetness that could be bourbon and maybe hazelnut as well. The first sip hits you with a lot of bourbon and vanilla, there is still that hazelnut sticking with it too. In the finish there is sort of a char burnt flavor to it that I think detracts from it a bit. Overall I am liking this beer but I think its hurt by the finish. The body seems too thin for a barleywine, maybe a strong ale as well. I've definitely never had this one before, the flavor seems very distinct to me, so I guess i'll pull off the cover and see what it is…

Marble Brewery Reserve Ale (aged in bourbon barrels)

so I wasn't too far off. Definitely one i've never had before. I really get a lot of hazelnut and that is one of my lesser favorite flavors in beer. I enjoyed it but was ready to be done with it at the end of the bottle.

Thanks quirkzoo for another new beer in this great BIF.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An American strong ale aged for 8 months in Woodford Reserve barrels. Poured into a snifter at Boulders on Broadway.

Deep scarlet-brown, clear from certain angles, but opaque when viewed clear through. A half-finger head of fizzy light tan head becomes a thin oil slick.

Oodles of toffee in the nose β€” smooth and sweet. Oak, vanilla, caramel and toast round things out. The lightest touch of bourbon is a little subtle for my tastes.

Same deal here. Oodles of toffee and caramel, a hint of biscuits, burnt sugar cookie and a very little bit of toasted oak and apple juice. Again, just a hope β€” a whisper β€” of buttery whiskey.

Medium light body about matches the flavor intensity: not too heavy, a little thin. Some heat on the tongue is accentuated by lightly fizzy, peppery carbonation.

Not as tasty as expected. Good, but not great, and absolutely not worth what Boulders charged me for it.

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3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost looks like a stout. Nice white foam and very good lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee. Not my favorite. I wish it was a bit more complex.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Some roasted coffee with hints of spice. Good full-bodied mouthfeel that I really like.

Overall Drinkability: This was pretty good, but Abbey darkness is better.

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3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, mfg 12/17/12. Pours dark copper amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is perfumey vanilla , boozy bourbon and a little green apple.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a lot of roast, bourbon with an alcohol bite and a smokey bitter finish that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice bourbon beer. Still a bit on the sweet and boozy side but had some interesting flavors.

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3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a clear orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think the barrel aged presence is slightly better in the taste.

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3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber, brewed 4/5/12 served 10/14/12, poured into a Jester King Tulip glass served at 45 degrees.

A: Pours a purplish-reddish-brown with a mildly tan head that builds somewhat like a stout, but then thins out within a couple of minutes leaving behind thick lacing.
S: Mmmmm. Vanilla beans, toffee, sweetness in general, and a hint of cognac. Smells very similar to the 5-year-old Old Dominion Millennium barleywine I enjoyed a month back.
T: Unfortunately does not live up to the aroma. It's barleywine-esque, but has a strong bite to it, and not your average alcohol bite. It's almost an astringent like flavor. Not sure how to describe it other than "dislike." As it warmed up a bit, the sting softened quite a bit, but was still there. If it wasn't for that, this would rate MUCH higher on taste.
M: Smooth, somewhat velvety, but not thick
D: If it weren't for that unknown bite this would be great. I have a second bottle I'm going to age and I hope in a year or two when I try it again that sting will be eliminated.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Marble Reserve Ale from Marble Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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