FraGeeLay | Karbach Brewing Co.

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119 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
karbachbrewing.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Ford on 12-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.53%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of zander4dawin
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A dark beer, almost looks like a cola in a glass. Aged it a lot not too heavy on the spice anymore, fudge, vanilla, sweet, nutmug and brown sugar, kind of thin feeling (flat I guess) but sludgy at the same time. A good offering but not great.

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Photo of aknalley
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfstilling
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cosmo4u
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Afroman
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

002: 2/20/13 12-oz tulip [3/5]
008: 12/8/13 shaker pint full; 2/22/14 4-oz snifter [both occasions, 2/5]

What disappoints me most about Fra-Gee-Lay is that it's such a perfect example of why Karbach, in my opinion, made such a great decision separating Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter out from the rest of the FUN series. BBH: good use of a barrel. The rest of FUN? I cannot say the same thing.

Yule Shoot Your Eye Out is a pretty good Christmas beer. It's not amazing by any stretch, but it's certainly not a beer that I think could be called bad. It's fairly good. Put it into a barrel and suddenly you have a damn mess.

The smell is completely off, with notes of mildew and rubbing alcohol. The beer is significantly flatter than expected, with essentially no carbonation to speak of, which means there's nothing to distract you from the taste, which again reiterates the rubbing alcohol and mildewy aromas. Do I get spices? Yes. Many of the same spices that make Yule pretty good turn into something stale and harsh in Fra-Gee-Lay.

In all, I'm not sure why I tried this a third time. Maybe because the first time wasn't nearly as bad as the second and I was hoping the second was an anomaly and would be vindicated by the third. But there won't be a third time.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.75/5  rDev +19%

This one pours a very dark brown color with a very luxuriously full brown head that is thick, pillowy and settles very slowly leaving a nice delicate lacing down the glass.

The nose is buttery earth tones with the sweetness of malt and bourbon along with hints of dark chocolate, plums and raisins mingled with a pleasant floral note and hints of vanilla.

The taste is sharp, complex and very pleasant. There is a tinge of a sour flavor that is mixed between the bourbon notes and the sweet malt and nicely balanced with the hops. Overall this is exceptionally flavorful with notes of dark chocolate, plums, apricots, raisins, vanilla, coffee and a nice Scottish malt.

The moutfeel is extremely rich and helps to deliver the complexity of these flavors nicely.

Overall this one is exceptional and extremely enjoyable. A real treat to enjoy and I highly recommend it.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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FraGeeLay from Karbach Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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