Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale | Inland Empire Brewing Company

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Inland Empire Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mentor on 10-08-2010

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 6
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Inland Empire Brewing Company in Riverside, CA.

2012 vintage.

Aged in Heaven Hill barrels.

Pours a murky crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, smoked malt, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with peat, band-aid, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty 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 it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of MrHirschybar
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Inland Empire Brewery in Riverside.

A- Murky orange-red and brown color. White head that quickly dissipated.

S - Sweet smelling, citrusy with scotch notes, litle oak type scent with malty finish.

T - Citrus and orange initially reminded me of the Victoria in a way that they serve. Follows through with a scotch flavor and a bit of sweetness.

M - Light bodied, light finish, little alcohol warming near the finish that lingers with scotch taste...

D- Very nice by tasting and pint, would consider nabbing this in a growler if I was in a scotch ale mood. The Victoria is their most popular and this reminded me of that with a nice scotch twist...

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Photo of mentor
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of tan had over a dark copper liquid. Smells fruit-wood smoked grains, vanilla, caramel, apple, strawberry, nicely oxidized malts, and strong fairly clean alcohol.

Tastes are balanced and the alcohol is not intense in the flavor as one would expect from the nose. Smoke, gentle cherry (with some sour), mild chocolate, caramel, waxy wood, raisin, and pear. A little butter in the finish gets me wondering about a pediococcus influence. It doesn't detract from the drinkability, but I think it means that remaining beer should be consumed soon. Moderate carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

The flavors were not super-heavy, as one often gets in barrel aged beers. It was a nice sipper during an early fall evening.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale from Inland Empire Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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