Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Red Ale | Phillips Brewing Company

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Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Red AleTwisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Red Ale
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Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Red AleTwisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Red Ale

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by schnarr84 on 04-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Svingjo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

This poured a nice amber colour with a thin head that dissipated fairly quickly. The nose has strong caramel and malt with the oak barrel coming through as well. The sweetness comes through on the tongue as well with toffee, molasses and the rum flavour lingering in the end. I nice medium bodied beer

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Photo of deonreds
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hopspiller
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ZachT
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of andrenaline
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to joemcgrath27 for the hook-up on yet another Phillips brew. They continue to pump out quality brews, so really looking forward to this one.

A - Pours a clear amber colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Toffee and caramel, leafy greens, nice oaky presence, burnt sugar and buttered toast.

T - The toffee and caramel malts dominate with the sweet rum undertones lingering on the finish alongside the wooden oak and a hint of dark cocoa and milk chocolate.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - This stuff is DAMN tasty, the barrel aging adds some subtle nuances to an already delicious underlying brew. I could drink this stuff all day, and I wish I could get this stuff in my hometown. Surprise, surprise... Another winner in the Phillips line-up. Do yourself a favour and grab a few extras if you can.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - clear rich red cedar colour, thumb of creamy head held nicely with some random spot lacing
S - caramel and musty odours, with some sour smoky woody and mild rum sweetness
T - cream soda and light syrup, hints of rum molasses sweetness, not much of the barrel itself but the rum is there adding a pleasant sweetness
M - so creamy and smooth with a pleasant carbonation, almost sticky sweet with just a touch of woody dryness, drinks like a cream soda
O - I really enjoyed this, its sweet and creamy and so easy to drink with just a touch of the rum adding to the flavour, definitely plan to have another bottle before its gone

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Photo of MAB
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most unique ales I've ever had the pleasure to sample.

Lovely dark red color, tan head, fairly tight but not long lasting.
The smell was something else. You didn't even need to have your nose in the glass to catch the malt and vanilla notes coming off of it.
Taste was likewise excellent. Caramel, cane sugar, a hint of vanilla = rum, and a nice oaky one at that.
The alcohol is well disguised. Seriously dangerous when you want to pound this back.

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Photo of BrewsUnderReview
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a copper red with a finger width of foamy beige head.

Smell - Caramalts, dark fruits, burnt sugar, rum, vanilla.

Taste - Caramalts, burnt sugar, rum and a whole lot of vanilla. Light hint of hops in bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall - An enjoyable addition to the Twisted Oak series by Phillips Brewing. I quite like the vanilla and sugar cane flavours, however the vanilla may be a bit heavy-handed for some. Worth seeking a bottle to try!

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Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of EspressoGuy
2.23/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: mahogany, dark arbutus with hints of red
S: kind of musty and stale like wet carboard... a hint of sweet vanilla
T: Wow -- a real thick artificial-like vanilla sweetness that really doesn't develop into much more; heavy, unbalanced, one-dimensional flavour; quick, empty finish with some lingering heat. Not appealing at all.
M: full-bodied and thick
O: Amidst a stellar lineup of beers I guess there has to be one klunker and I think I found it. I didn't like this beer at all because it lacked any finesse or character. Nothing but sweet Vanilla. For me, it was too heavy-handed and sticky. Not what I would expect from a usually impressive brewery like Phillips.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 10/5/13

A glowing maroon liquid with an unexpected clarity that allows me to clearly read these typed words through the glass, thumbs width of beige foam has great retention ending up as a thick film and leaves a couple thick rings of lace followed by some random patches

S massive vanilla, takes a few seconds to smell anything else, spice, caramel and some fruity notes, not much barrel except for the vanilla, I get a little coco and bread as it warms with just a little cola

T a little wood I couldn't find on the nose but not much, a little rum and Phillips house, slightly less vanilla but that still leaves a fair bit, just the faintest hint of booze

M creams up then flattens out, very slight tannins, lighter then expected with more wood on the finish then anywhere else

O not overly complex but whats there I like, big vanilla bomb going on here but it works

I'm fairly happy with my 7$ barrel aged bomber, for what your spending its worth buying twice

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Photo of ericj551
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, a red ale, aged in 'freshly emptied rum barrels'. Why do the names of this new series from Phillips remind me of the Twisted Brown Trucker Band?

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright copper amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, fairly creamy beige head, which leaves a lowing ebbing wash of lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes. Rather attractive.

It smells of sweetly bready caramel malt, brown sugar-laden pastry dough, mild cocoa, and some boozy vanilla oakiness, sans the woodiness. The taste is more vanilla-smacked caramel/toffee malt, powdered milk chocolate, dark earthen sugar, a hint of cafe au lait, and a softly sweet rummy booze warming.

The carbonation is really quite soft and innocuous, the body a decent medium weight, and pretty damned smooth, with more than a few strokes of creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel malt and vanilla rum barrel notes collaborating to the fullest.

A nicely rounded, but somewhat flabby base red ale, pushed farther in that direction by the choice of rum casks as the aging medium. I'm still coming around to the idea of a Phillips offering that seemingly eschews the use of hops of any sort. Huh.

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Photo of Muhly
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to snifter at slightly cooler than cellar temp.

A-dark amber with ruby highlights. Two fingers of off-white Head forms easily. Head is tight and solid, looking like you could rest a loonie on it. Good to greathead retention and superbly structured lacing. Lace starts by forming a nice strong wall and then eventually dissolving into streaky lines and webs.

S-lots of sweet roasted malts punctuated by coffee, chocolate milk and toffee. Not detecting any hop aroma. Couldn't detect any oak.

T-my general impression is that this is very much like a sweet stout in terms of flavour profile. The chocolate, roasted malts and coffee notes are all there. There is some very mild alcohol flavour. With a few more quaffs I definitely get some of the sugar cane and rum, which surprises and pleases the palate.

M-creamy, tongue coating, finishes sweet with the cane lingering on your tongue to brighten things up.

O-this beer is double plus good. A lovely creamy, sweet beer with a unique flavour from the sugar cane. Could be mistaken for a chocolate stout if it weren't for the mild but noticeable rum ;)

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured form a 650ml bottle. Pours a gorgeous mahogany colour befitting its style. Interesting combination of an Irish red ale and rum barrel aging. The sweet aromas hint at marshmallows and chocolate. The flavours offer similarly sweet notes of caramel, marshmallow and toffee. There's no hop presence to speak of so the sweet flavours dominate throughout.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

650 ml bottle poured into big rock snifter

lots of sweet sugary aromas on the nose, along with some trace rum and hops.
tastes really sweet, like it was aged in vanilla rum barrels. really like this. great red ale base beer with some nice caramel
overall this is an incredible beer. best phillips beer ive ever had. would buy a truckload.

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Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Red Ale from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 22 ratings