Serum XXIPA - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Serum XXIPA - Bourbon Barrel-AgedSerum XXIPA - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy reddish mahogany color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades very fast, leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather massive of a nice mix of boozy and oaky, sweet, and very lightly hopped smells. The sweeter aromas are mostly of a toffee, vanilla, and caramel smell mixed with just a hint of dark fruitiness. These sweet smells are the heaviest with the lighter hop aromas of an herbal and earthy nature being very faint and the least heavy of all the aromas. The boozy and woody aromas are the ones that straddle the hop and sweet, giving the brew an overall nice and warming smell. It is a rather enjoyable aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with tons of sweetness of a caramel and toffee flavor. The oaky flavors are present from the start with them growing stronger as the taste advances and being joined by a boozy and lighter vanilla flavor which overall gives a very bourbon like taste to the brew as it moves onto the end. The hops in this one remain rather light, with a bit of a grassy and herbal hop that are present upfront and which remain relatively constant till the end of the taste. Just a hint of a grassy flavor and a little bit of an earthy flavor join the tongue at the end, and mix with the rather strong sweet and bourbon boozy and barrel tastes to leave a warming flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and syrupy with a very light level of carbonation. For the huge thick sweet and bourbon woody flavors of the brew the thick body and lower carbonation are fantastic and end up creating a very nice slow sipping and warming feel.

Overall – While there is very little hop left in this one as opposed to its originator brew, it does make for a good and thick tasting old ale/barleywine. Even while I was expecting something with much more hop flavor, this one I actually rather enjoyed and was a good warming sipper.

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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed orange color with a whiteish soapy head. Plenty of lace is left behind., The aroma is fruity and the bourbon barrel aging is noticeable. In the taste, more of the orange and peach flavor, ringing in true vanilla and bourbon oak notes as it warms. Drinks kind of like a smoothie, having the big fruit, citrus and vanilla. Medium bodied, medium carbonated ale. Overall, this was truly interesting, but could probably use some refining. Pretty good work though!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Serum XXIPA - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 53 ratings