Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red
Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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From:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #130
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
81
Ranked #27,845
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 15.43%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
22
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 15, 2022
Added:
Jun 05, 2008
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  2
SCORE
81
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Rated: 3.28 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

May 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.8 by dankabier1 from Colorado

Aug 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by ab39z from North Carolina

Oct 10, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by jrohrbacher from North Carolina

Apr 23, 2014
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a thin beige head atop.Aromas are mainly whiskey and caramel,whoo this is big on the whiskey!A little sharp in the feel but not overly thin,it could use a little more body though.I was expecting a big knock on the head of whiskey flavors but the beer is quite mellow with the whiskey being the main flavor component,a bit of toast and vanilla round out the palate with not much hop presence.If you like whiskey this is all for ya,I don't mind it and find this beer pleasant enough but lacking a few things.
Mar 26, 2014
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
an excellent red here, heavy on the whiskey, but also beautifully malted, rich and dark red, way more than amber, and heady as they get, frothy tan in color, an inch high, and lasting the entire drink. the nose is all whiskey on this, just subtle sweet malt and vanilla oak notes, very little hops around, but this bottles beer around a little while so they may have faded. the flavor isnt as dominated by the whiskey as the nose suggests, but its still there, not boozy, but the flavors are up front. the grain is not overly sweet, as earthy as it is sugary, rather complete fermentation is appreciated. some vanilla in the finish, but its mellowed by an unexplained bitterness and an even more surprising dryness in terms of feel. this beer is a good mix of red styles, sweet like an amber, dry like the irish ones, and the barrel ties it all together in a rich and unifying way that makes this some of twisted pines best work.
Feb 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by andysc83 from South Carolina

Feb 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

Dec 29, 2013
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Reviewed by ISmith87 from Arizona

3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A - 3.25 - Dark brown/red color with tiny white head that leaves a little bit of lacing.
S - 3.75 - sweet, caramel, booze/bourbon.
T - 3.5 - sweet caramel, bourbon, cinnamon, toffee, butterscotch.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouthfeel, alc present, aftertaste boozey, caramel, vanilla.
O - 3.5 - Ok beer. Wouldn't have again.
Dec 16, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by attometer00 from Texas

Oct 21, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by OgreSanchez from Texas

Jul 28, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by Lantern

May 15, 2013
 
Rated: 2 by cfalovo97 from Canada (ON)

Apr 10, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by Jasonrm72 from Colorado

Mar 28, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Feb 24, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by fehrminator from North Carolina

Feb 02, 2013
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Reviewed by wlevando from Colorado

2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Bottle into 8 oz. chalice

Appearance: Beautiful red color. Effervescent head fades to durable, appealing fine foam.

Smell: A lot of strong scents competing. Oak and whiskey (either bad Bourbon or non-descript American corn mash spirit) dominate. A sweet scent comes through. No hop aroma.

Taste: An initial sense of bad American Whiskey is off-putting. This flavor of McCormick fades on the same timescale as the bad memories and regrets that it dredges up from freshman year of college. Thereafter, a much more enjoyable warmth and sweetness endures. And I am left reflecting on the difference between my life now and then. This is much better than lo, those many seconds ago.

Mouthfeel: A decent viscosity makes the initial flavor persist, despite aspirating attempts to assuage the displeasure. That is, similar persistence to a standard ale of comparable alcohol content (5.6, according to the Twisted Pine website). Just too long for that initial bad whiskey nose.

My take: With really, really strong food, this beer would be pretty good. After a mouthful of aged cheddar fondue, the unappealing initial scent would fall by the wayside. The warmth and residual sweetness of the beer and cheese would complement one another. Otherwise, this should be seasoned in a less offensive cask by the brewer or avoided by the drinker.
Jan 25, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by imperialking from Illinois

Dec 18, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Dec 02, 2012
 
Rated: 2.75 by acurtis from New Jersey

Dec 02, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by baklo from North Carolina

Nov 23, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by MarkyMOD from Colorado

Sep 17, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by hiphopj5 from Colorado

Aug 28, 2012
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Reviewed by soju6 from Missouri

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large tan head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Has the smell of dark fruit sweetness, bit of caramel and a whiskey aroma in the background.

T: Initial tart bite with a sweet whiskey stickiness. There is bitterness throughout with a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth but with a boozy feel and aftertaste with only a 5.6 ABV.

O: Interesting take on an Irish style ale, but didn't really enjoy.
Apr 27, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by Grebdioz from Texas

Dec 28, 2011
 
Rated: 5 by kkrez from Colorado

Nov 15, 2011
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Reviewed by katan from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color with amber highlights. Off white/mocha head formation, breaks down to a film with little lacing.

S - Light barrel flavors come through, caramel and some vanilla. Lightly malty in the background, more of a brown ale base.

T - Starts off with a light amount of caramel and toffee, and then in comes some whiskey flavors. Almost like it was added directly, it comes through very clear. Some oaky flavors through the mid-stream, little hopping. Finishes very clean with a light sweetness and some alcohol warmth.

M - Full bodied, light carbonation. Somewhat sticky. Warming alcohol across the palette.

O/D - A pretty good barrel aged offering. Nothing spectacular. Probably more that the base beer seems somewhat dull. Easy drinking however, not overly filling.
May 25, 2011
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
My wife picked me up a bottle of this from the local co-op when she was grocery shopping. Poured into a pint glass, the beer pours a deep, crystal clear blood-ruby coloring with a thick, chunky off-white head packed densely with small, tight bubbling. The nose is slightly boozey and thickly sweet, with some caramel-toffee aromas. The beer has a slight sour initial punch to the taste, but that quickly settles out on the palate, bringing forth darkly sweet flavors of toffee and molasses, with some oak and alcohol characteristics peeking in here and there. The beer remains light, and somewhat oily slick, as you drink. The oak comes through again on the aftertaste, as well as a rich, smokey flavor and a slight souring again. The finish is bitter, and slightly sour, and has an astringent quality to it. Good flavors throughout, but a little unbalanced at times, and the body of the beer doesn't quite fit with the flavors at times, but it is nice that the brew remains fairly light bodied throughout. Interesting brew.
May 25, 2011
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Reviewed by shand from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a deep red color with two fingers of head that quickly fade away. The smell is very nice. The whiskey really comes out on the nose, along with some nice hops and oak. The whiskey flavors really come out heavy on the taste at first, followed up by some oak flavors and a touch of hop flavors and some mellow malts. Very nice.

This brew really ends up being more than the sum of it's parts. This is a great brew that's just enjoyable to drink, especially as far as barrel-aged brews go. This is basically a "session beer" for barrel-aging fans. Recommended.
Mar 27, 2011
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Reviewed by AdamBear from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A-beautiful dark reddish brown with a nice light tan head

S-smells like red licorice and sweet whiskey. smells fairly unique. medium strength

T-hmm not sure what the aim was for this beer, but Twisted Pine missed it. it comes in with sweet licorice that tastes stale. it then goes to a tartness that reminds me of a flanders ale. its quite bitter on the tongue. there seems to be a lack of strong after-taste...maybe some sweet caramel. drinking this with out thinking is the way to go, i found it much more enjoyable when i wasn't examining it

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a fairly dry finish

D-its not an awful drinker. it goes down very easily. it isn't something i imagine getting anytime soon. i do wonder what the ABV is though! If its high, then they hid it well.
Mar 14, 2011
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Reviewed by nickfl from Florida

3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of an amber-brown body with good clarity. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Lots of boozy whiskey character in the aroma with some chocolate and molasses in the background.

T - Strong barrel flavors of vanilla and whiskey up front with a slightly tart caramel malt flavor. The vanilla and toasted oak keep coming in the middle with some cherry notes that are accentuated by the tartness of the malt. The beer finishes with notes of cherries, vanilla, molasses, whiskey, and a hint of tobacco.

M - Moderately light body, medium carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Man, this beer is something strange. The barrel character is very strong, almost overwhelming and while there are a lot of complexities to the flavor, each of which might be pleasant on its own, they really don't seem to work well together. The tartness is a really odd touch, it doesn't quite taste like it is infected, but it is really out of place in this beer and I can't help but think it is the result of poor aging practices. It is just a really strange beer, it says it won a GABF gold in 2007; if that is the case either the beer has changed significantly in the last few years, or the standards for barrel aging have gone way up because I can't see the beer I'm drinking winning an award at a state fair, much less the GABF.
Mar 06, 2011
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Reviewed by claytong from Vermont

3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I was a lot more impressed with this beer on tap than at home. Not sure if it was the amount I had had already or what. There isn't much depth to it. It's not bold by any means. It thinks about being sour and then decides to let it last for only two seconds. The oak doesn't come through to much. I was a bit disappointed at home.
Feb 28, 2011
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Reviewed by dirtyskunk from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured from a bottle into a standard American pint glass. There is a very thin, somewhat yellowish head which recedes quickly leaving essentially no lacing.

The nose comes on stronger at first, but disappears with the head. I pick up on a little bit of the bourbon and oak, with a general sour cherry sweetness. After the head recedes and the nose diminishes, the only prominent characteristic that remains is the tangy sweetness.

The whiskey flavor is barely present, but it does hint at a nice undertone. The tangy cherry is by far the most prominent tone, first sweet then sour as it moves across the palate. Maybe a little caramel/toffee somewhere in there but it gets lost. The oakiness is also minimal, but it provides a sort of funky bitterness which is very distinct from hoppy bitterness and not at all unpleasant.

Twisted Pine's brews can sometimes seem like beer soda to me, and this beer is quite carbonated but I don't find it distracting or overpowering. It actually forces one to drink a little slower, although it does certainly mask the flavor profile somewhat.

The carbonation holds me back a little, and so does the prominent sour tang. It's fairly tasty but I wouldn't drink more than two at a time partly due to the unmerited price and in part because I can't find any ABV information anywhere.
Feb 17, 2011
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Reviewed by Urbancaver from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Pours a murky rddish brown. Tons and tons of head. Almost a gusher. Smells pretty non descript at first but as it warms up i get tons of maple syrup sweetness on the nose. Oak is strong on the tongue. A bit thin and lacking but fairly drinkable ... Really surprised to see this one gold at the great ameerican beer fest
Feb 13, 2011
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Reviewed by udchemist from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Thanks urbancaver for sharing
Smell - sweet, mapley, not much oak there.
Appearance - overcarbonated! Beautiful red color, nice head retention
Taste - sweet, whisky heavy.
Drinkability - glad I'm sharing
Mouthfeel - average, carbonation is high, but light.
Feb 13, 2011
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Reviewed by ejrobert99 from Florida

2.25/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Pours reddish with small floating particles & plenty of head.

Slight bourbon note on the nose. Definite alcohol presence. Not terribly interesting or inviting.

I am really curious to know the ABV on this beer. My guess is 7%. The carbonation level seems ok but the mouthfeel is really thin, almost watery. Some vanilla, some sweetness present. The flavors are awkward and don't seem harmonious. A fairly long finish which surprises me.

There is a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

I picked this up as a 12oz single. I love barrel aged beer and it caught my attention on the shelf. It is not obvious that it is a Twisted Pine beer. I wasn't going to review it till I saw that it only had 21 reviews.

Honestly, one of the most disappointing beers I've had in a while.
Oct 03, 2010
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Reviewed by emmasdad from Colorado

2.72/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
The first time I saw this one, I was excited to try it; I was, however, turned off by the price (oh the days, not too long ago, when a $3.50 bottle was outrageously priced). Finally picked up a 4 pack on sale, and was instantly disappointed. Oaky, with sweet malt, vanilla and a little whiskey. This one was ultimately, unfortuneately, way too sweet for me to enjoy. Nice effort, but not for me.
Sep 10, 2010
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to JMBSH for this bottle!

Starting the drinking day off with this directive from VDubb. It's gonna be interesting when we finally re-combine our efforts in a couple weeks. This guy pours a hazy soup of garnet topped by a thick finger of cream-colored and -textured foam. The nose comprises whiskey, hot cinnamon, oak, toffee, booze, and a healthy dollop of maple syrup. The taste tones these elements down, though they are all still present, forming a collection that's blander than expected. In addition, a good amount of orange-peel bitterness has crept its way in, colonizing frantically. The body is a slightly light medium, with a heavy moderate carbonation and a somewhat crisp finish. Overall, a tasty brew, but the flavors don't quite meld and pop, and it's a bit on the light and fizzy side. A definite recommendation, but a slight disappointment for me.
Aug 18, 2010
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Reviewed by koopa from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
Received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper with a 1.5 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: toasted malt, a touch of whiskey, a touch of oak, some vanilla, and a slight citrus note.

Taste: Same as smell. Sweetness from the oak and malt stand out the most followed by some citrus hops and whiskey finally.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied and way overcarbonated....seltzer like which takes away from the flavor.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel holds it back but thats it.
Jun 26, 2010
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