Oscar Aged In Blackberry Whiskey Barrels | New Belgium Brewing

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4.08/5
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25 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single foeder dark sour ale aged in blackberry flavored whiskey barrels from Leopold Bros. Distillery

Added by jaydoc on 10-09-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,127
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
25
pDev:
4.66%
 
 
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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of smithj4
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mcb99d
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz on draft. Snifter glass. Darker brown body, one finger offwhite head. Smell is lemon, light cocoa, toffee, a bit of caramel, moderate acetic vinegar, touch of oak. Flavour is a nice complex combination of acetic vinegar, light caramel, touch of cocoa bitterness, and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, not too acetic for me, with a slight twang of cocoa bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of TheBishopco
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brenn79
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml corked bottle- Pours a very dark blackberry red with a small light tan head. Aroma is oak, blackberries, raspberries, tart. The taste is berries, medium level tartness, very jammy, flavorful. Delicious.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Oscar Aged In Blackberry Whiskey Barrels, 8.8% ABV. Pours deep purple, with a two+ finger beige head. Nose is blackberry, taste follows, fairly tart, light bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall nearly outstanding.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Additional label notes, "For years our wood cellar team has cultivated a special relationship with the distillers at Leopold Brothers in Denver. Our mutual respect for tradition and doing business with the people we love has led us to this deep ruby sour mélange of cherry and green apple aromas. Fruited whiskey barrels deliver slight char, vanilla and Colorado blackberry notes for a beer 14 months in the making."

Poured from 375ml bottle into glass. Label dating information is '736023:54 170525K11T'.
Unusual body color. Clear ruby color when presented to light. Color is a very dark purple when poured. Slight off white head, settles to scattered islands and ring. Left behind on the glass are few spots of lacing.
Sour cherry and green apple aroma. The tannins of the oak barrel add to the complexity, with a fruity aspect. There is a very light vanilla floating above.
The taste is sour, with dark cherry. The green apple adds to the sour taste. Added to the complexity is the barrel with its oak tannins and dark fruit, which could be blackberry.
Mouth feel is medium, and dry. Lower carbonation level.
A dark red wine like beer, with the oak barrel character, along with the sour fruits. A true sipper.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of von_kaiser
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught

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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smells of jam and funk. Initial taste is slightly tart with a huge kick of blackberry that mellows out and dissipates into a dry crisp tartness. This one doesn’t make you pucker and is pretty well balanced.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml caged and corked bottle.

Pours a clear mahogany, small head of foam that quickly disappeared.

Smells of tart berries, whiskey, vanilla, with tannins like aromas.

Berry sour notes in the taste. Light whiskey, light wood, tannins, hint of Brett. Overall, very wine like.

Light body with light carbonation.

Enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a pinky of tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Sourness & horse blanket

T: Sourness, blackberry, a little dark & sour cherry, plus woody dryness. More sour cherry, blackberry & dryness as this warms, a little vinegar too. Finishes tart, sour with woodyness, sour cherry & blackberry

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, builds as it warms

Pretty drinkable, soour enough to hold your attention, but not overpower you

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-dark murky purple to brown color with a slim little cap of a white head that slid off extremely quick. Super light film of lace glossed the sides of the gloss with a light touch.
The aroma had a nice fresh sweet "blackberry" sweet to tart fleshy character up front. Then a "bright" sort of "sour lemon" tone take it's course. Light vinous acidity hits a subdued maltiness with some oak/woodiness.
The flavor was moderately sour with a decent strength of the acidity brightly mixing it up with the woody and lemon acidities. Quite mobile in it's escape into the aftertaste as there was a light tart blackberry note with a brisk lemon and woodiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Though the carbonation felt good and on par, there's enough acidic harshness to definitely make me want to sip this. Light dryness came in with a sturdy clench on my tongue and good pucker. ABV felt fairly close to what the brewer projected.
Overall, I'd say this was a pretty good American wild ale with the blackberry whiskey barrel. There might not have been so much "whiskey" more or less, but the blackberry is there and so was some sort of "barrel." I'd have again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle $12.99. Looks like La Folie. Smells like it will be sour, almost balsamic. Flavor is tasty, sour, balsamic but I really did not pick up any of the blackberry whiskey notes at all. I liked the Single Foudre #65 Oscar much better.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oscar Aged In Blackberry Whiskey Barrels from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 25 ratings