Manhattan Project | The Beer Company

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
The Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopHead84 on 11-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 4
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour for Best Damn Night Of The Barrels held at The Beer Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, cherries, whiskey, and wood. Taste is much the same with cherry and whiskey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a lot of interesting elements going on that work quite well together.

 673 characters

Photo of HopHead84
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at The Beer Company. This won gold in Category: 22 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (103 entries) at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest. Needless to say, I'm excited to try it. This is a Scotch Ale aged for four months in a High West Manhattan Barrel with cherry purée. This is the first I've heard of a Barrel Aged Manhattan. Apparently it's simply a Manhattan (rye whiskey, vermouth, bitters) aged in a 2-year old rye whiskey barrel for 120 days. I didn't know this was done.

A: Dark brown with deep reddish highlights. The frothy beige head is an inch high.

S: Toffee, caramel, vanilla, and rye whiskey. Notes of plum, milk and dark chocolate, dark cherry, and oak waft from the glass. Floral aromatics are restrained. Great aroma.

T: Very smooth blend of chocolate, caramel, and whiskey. Tame alcohol presence with notes of vanilla and oak. There's a dash of cherry in there that melds with plum and an upper low bitterness. Lots of dark fruit throughout accompanying a touch of oxidation and floral character . Alcohol presence increases in the caramel, chocolate, and whiskey finish.

M: Lower full body with a smooth, sticky, viscous mouthfeel. It's chewy with much alcohol warming. Lower medium carbonation.

Overall: This is not what I expected, but it's very good.

 1,297 characters

Manhattan Project from The Beer Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.