Whiskey Rooster
Brewery Vivant

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #88
Ranked #16,966
4.02 | pDev: 9.95%
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: Big Red Coq aged in whiskey barrels.

50 IBU
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very strange, unique, interesting beer but I really enjoyed it. Sampled it on tap at a local gastropub. Pours a very nice deep amber color with some nice foaming white head and lots of spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some sweeter malt, a little oak and whiskey, fruity faint hops and vanilla. Taste follows the nose - it’s tough to distinguish the fruity hops but it seems like some muddled tangerine, lemon, mango and papaya. Smooth, clean, mild mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Not sure how to compare this beer to others I’ve tried, but it’s certainly enjoyable and easy to drink.

May 22, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 6.00/small tulip on tap at brewery
Aroma of vanillin and oak – these remain strong for the entire tulip
Beheaded by barkeep – what remains is small (2 cm), off white, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing – none
Body is a very attractive deep red-amber, clear.
Flavor begins with vanillin and malt, a little sweet, ends with a light citrus hoppiness. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation.

An odd beer. Bourbon barrel aging is pretty much associated with stout varieties, not red or amber ales. In this case, aging in barrels which formerly held cheap bourbon definitely adds some character to an otherwise weakly flavored beer. Unfortunately, the character added is vulgar and very loud, but also strangely appealing. I would definitely drink this again as a guilty pleasure.

Jul 11, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery pub.
This is a whisky barrel aged version of their Big Red Coq using Jack Daniels barrels.
More tropical fruit than whisky or malt in the nose. A lot of tropical fruit!

The whisky comes out more in tasting, although mid-taste is still very fruity and has a bit of vanilla. Slightly too bitter?

Fairly smooth , medium body. Light but lively carbonation.
ABV is not at all hidden.

Aug 13, 2013
Whiskey Rooster from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 22 ratings