Hell's Bottom - Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by russwbeck on 07-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 3
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer, I have never had the base beer so I can't comment on how well it survived the barrel aging process. This beer, however, is quite barrel forward. On tap at Churchkey, beer is black / dark brown with a thin off tan head of small bubbles, large bubbles, low retention, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is boozy and sweet with a nice malt / oaky character to it.

Beer is medium in body and very sweet on the palate, the booze is dominant in the front half of the palate, the finish is almost tangy sweet but not dry, interesting tannics at the end, overall a decent strong bold flavored beer here. I wouldn't have guessed in a million years this was 5ish % alcohol. A pretty bold stout.

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Photo of cysiam
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of masonkessinger
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of circus_cat
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not going to do a full review because I had it a few weeks ago at the brewery in a little sampler cup...so I certainly can't do it justice. I do want to say a few words about it though. I haven't had the non-oaked version. With this version, though, it's worth noting that this is a VERY barrel-forward beer. I love an oaked beer and really appreciate the character it imparts. If you don't like oaked beers or just kind of like them, this beer might be a little much. It borderline tastes like whiskey (I'm a bourbon drinker, so I enjoyed it). If you're in that latter category that just kind of likes oaked beers, you should try their Penn Quarter Porter Oaked. Much more mild than this one.

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Photo of jsilva
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of starrdogg
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of russwbeck
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer's appearance has some character to it. Slightly see through black to brown color with a light brown head. The retention is better than the others, but is still a bit underwhelming

The aroma is feint, but does have a nice amount of vanilla with some slight oak. Slightly medicinal and fruity. Not a great initial impression, sadly.

The taste is really roasty, and bit oaky, with some slight rye, but overall is sort of bland. It has a nice dry finish that is amplified by the rye, but the low ABV on this has sort of hurt the flavor I think. I'm not really getting a lot of the great flavors that I expected

Lighter than average body that I'm thinking just didn't hold up well in the barrels. Not as much carbonation as I would have liked either. It's silky smooth on the palate, I just didn't like much else

This beer went back to the $5 price range, which was way too much for how good the beer was.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of yourefragile
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Hell's Bottom - Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 10 ratings