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#WHALEZBRO (2015) | Freetail Brewing Company

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#WHALEZBRO (2015)#WHALEZBRO (2015)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States
freetailbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
#WHALEZBRO is what we hope will become an annual series featuring a blend of hand-picked barrels from our wood-aging program. We hope to release this beer every year at Super Mega Awesome Bottle Release Day, withholding the details of the blend until the day after.

2015 (Released August 29, 2015): 20% La Muerta 2015 aged in Elijah Craig 12 barrels (hint... Elijah Craig 12 La Muerta is coming in 2015...); 40% brown ale refermented with molasses in Woodford Reserve barrels; 40% young Flanders Red aged in red wine barrels with lactobacillus, pediococcus & brettanomyces (specifically, this is 1-year old Flanders that will eventually be aged for up to 3 years and blended with younger vintages to create the end product in 2017). This beer is bottle conditioned and should be expected to evolve and mature in the bottle if stored properly. 7.1% ABV, 34 IBU.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
17
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of billab914
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Over carbonation really ruins what could have been an interesting beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sd123
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Magery
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cwelch22
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber. Appearance: brown, highly effervescent with huge head. Aroma: oak, dark fruit, slight horse. Taste: dark fruit to tart cherry. Slight phenol. Overall: very nice, complex barrel-aged brew. Would drink again.

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Photo of spaceycasey
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freetail Brewing Co. "#WHALEZBRO"
on tap @ Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, Austin, TX 5 NOV 2015
$7.50/9 oz.

Notes: Appearance like a stout, brown-black body beneath a creamy khaki head that's short lived but leaves decent lacing. Aroma: oak, soft cocoa, mild note of Bourbon, tart dark fruit
The flavor adds subtle tartness, leather, wine. Soft chocolate remains. Cherry, and a flicker of coconut. Smooth, vinous finish. Low bitterness level. Medium-light bodied and creamy smooth in the mouth. Satiating. Complex. Smooth and remarkably drinkable.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 ounce snifter pour at Hi Hat in Austin.

No idea what kind of beer this is but it arrives looking like a rich and creamy imperial stout. 4.5

Smells like a roasty, chocolatey stout but with a clear Brett addition.
Gives it some funk and vinous quality. I like. 4.25

Red or white wine immediately before bitter dark chocolate, dried cherry, and grapes. Chalky, white wine and floral finish. I taste the faintest of vinegar but nothing too bad. The flavors are a bit scattered too. 4

Light but full-bodied and very much vinous. Tart to almost being vinegary. Feels a bit scattered as with the flavor, but I like the overall product. 4

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DangerDawg
4.89/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BMart
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKFine
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

#FirstTimeReviewer
Glassware: Jester King stemware
L: Dark espresso, light caramel head that smoothly fades with minimal lacing. Lingering perimeter of caramel bubbles frames the surface of the beer nicely. Thin appearance, when spun does not cling to the sides.
S: Given the varied barrels of aging, the aroma of BBA is quite light. An equally like kick of funk. Chocolate, drip coffee, little booze, cherry wood.
T: Barrel aging comes through nicely, without the slap of booze. Definite La Muerta with the raisins and sweet molasses. Bite of funk from the bacteria mixture. Interesting lingering currants and plum. It's kind of all over the map. Seems like this beer has a serious identity issue. But #WHALEZBRO?
F: Thin. Hoping for molasses texture, body, but very thin. Body of a flanders.
O: This is kinda a let down. It's definitely all over the place with it's characteristics. Little bit off stout, little bit of wild, lotta bit of weird. It is rare, but I don't think I like it that much. Find something and do it great, mixing a bunch of average gives you average. I was really excited for this and it really let me down. This series shouldn't be a blend of everything and the kitchen sink, it should be a showcase for the style that Freetail perfects.

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#WHALEZBRO (2015) from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 17 ratings