Tongue Buckler (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by womencantsail on 04-14-2011

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3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Teresa's Next Door, 6/6/11.

A-Pours a clear orange with sticky lacing from a thin white head.

S-Hints of bourbon barrel, lots of malt, faint hops.

T-But boy are the hops here in the taste. Extreme bitter hoppiness overwhelms all but a bit of vanilla/bourbon character. I like hops, but this is way out of balance.. Very disappointing.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, tongue scrapingly bitter.

O-Quite disappointing really. I am a big fan of BP beers, but not a huge fan of this one.


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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's during Philly Beer Week.

I was rather interested in the idea of a very hoppy red aged in bourbon barrels, so I decided to give this a try. It looks lovely in the glass, and smells like bourbon through and through. It's an omen for the rest of the beer, which delivers some sweet malt, oily alcohol esters, and big bourbon flavor. The hops and a lot of the body of Tongue Buckler, well... buckle under the pressure of the bourbon barrel, leaving this beer feeling a bit overwhelmed by its aging. I'd still recommend giving it a try, but there are better bourbon barrel beers out there to direct your attention towards.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ballast Point's Barrel Aged Day

A: Amber color with a thin cream colored head.

S: Wowzers. I'm not getting a ton of bourbon, but I do get a lot of coconut and vanilla. Almost like the inside of a mounds bar. A touch of bourbon and wood as well.

T: Lots of sweet malt, coconut, vanilla and a ton of caramel. It's not bad, but I expected to like this one a lot more. I would say the standard version is better.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Ballast Point Old Grove. Aged for "a couple months" in bourbon barrels.

A: Slightly hazed reddish amber with a small off white head.

S: The short time in the barrel left a distinct mark on Tongue Buckler. Vanilla is huge, and there's just the right amount of bourbon to accentuate the rich candied caramel that has become quite apparent. There's still some dank pine and evident citrus, but this smells a lot like a bourbon barrel aged Barleywine.

T: The flavor is aggressive but good. High level of bitterness with big pine notes. Caramel malt is really strong and melds wonderfully with bourbon, vanilla, and toffee. This is quite boozy, and it's probably a bit too aggressive at this point, especially when combined with the bitterness. Finish is caramel, bourbon, pine, vanilla, and a blast of booze.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: An aggressive hoppy red with an excellent barrel presence.

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3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Barleywine-esque in terms of its size, booziness, feel, and complexity. An awful lot going on here, which in many cases can easily come off as muddled, but here tows the line (barely) of cohesion and makes for a very interesting slow sipper.

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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Enish266
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Scripps Ranch, $5 for a generous half-pint pour. Tasted along side fresh Tongue Buckler.

A - pours a deep amber/copper color

S - bourbon is very present, hops are non-existent but perhaps masked by the bourbon, slight biscuit notes

T - compared to the fresh batch hops have faded quite a bit, bourbon/vanilla dominates with a nice malty blast mid-palate, mild caramel flavors also linger

M - medium carbonation, bourbon coats the mouth, a little sticky in the finish

O - a pretty tasty beer that is very different from the regular version, barrel aging this beer rounded out the flavors but lost the big hoppy bite present in the original

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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Tongue Buckler (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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