FraGeeLay | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Ford on 12-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 14
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mothman
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 008 from the fun series

Pours a large layer of beige tan head. Color is black.

Flavor profile: a whole mess of spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon. A touch of pumpkin. Some chocolate. Very malty. The bourbon shows, but it isn't dominate. Definitely tastes like a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel: spiced and warming. Medium to full bodied. Ends with more spices.

Overall, a decent winter warmer, but the spices take away from the barrel flavors. Too much spice.

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

A really unique beer thanks to ApostleBrewing, my first from this brewery. Shared with rudzud.

Pours a great fluffy 1+ finger fluffy thick head that fades slowly, tons of gorgeous lacing, super dark color mostly brown like but lack of light gives it black color.

Nose is very interesting, brown malts, toasty, brown sugar, nutty hazelnut, molasses, syrupy like candy, and quickly into baking spices galore, faint cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, holiday spices. Then into barrel, light toasty oak and vanilla, light and barely any bourbon, but then into light brandy soaked raisins, etc, fruit cake like.

Taste starts with the baking spices and biscuit malt, light cardamom, nutmeg, other holiday spices, etc. Then dark fruits, brandy soaked raisins, nuts, almost hazelnut like, etc. then into malts, caramel, hint if toffee and brown malts, brown sugar, molasses, ginger bread cookie, etc. Then into barrel, light toasty oak and hint vanilla, very faint bourbon. A hint of an earthy hop I'm three middle too. Chewy dough like, candy cookie dough, tasty. Finish is sticky semi sweet, more warming booze, lingering candy flavors, ginger, raisins, nuts, etc, light barrel and brown malts and molasses sugar lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent but lighter carb, some warming booze.

Overall a nice beer, tasty, light warming booze, nice brown malts, fruits, spices and nuts, great barrel rounding flavors, quite a nice beer, wish the bourbon came through a bit more as it would really kick this beer up.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fun Series 008. 2013.

A - Poured a deep brown colour with a bid of a muddy look to it. A thin layer of cream coloured head formed and reduced to a thin film over the top of the beer.

S - Spice notes dominate the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice coming though. Some roast and a hint of chocolate. Not much of the barrel aging is noticeable but there is perhaps a faint hint of oak that I wouldn't have detected had I not been searching for it.

T - A big spice bouquet dominates - ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Some roast and chocolate and a somewhat astringent oak flavour are also present. No bourbon or vanilla come through at all. Way too much spice in this one, which almost completely mutes the barrel notes aside from an unpleasant oak astringency.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by JLindros ...big thanks!

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark dark brown with a two finger light mocha head that slumped to leave a nice quarter inch head that left good side lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, light molasses, holiday spices and the like. Warm barrel notes along with fainter Bourbon.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more winter warmer notes, sweet malts and caramel, gentle barrel notes with super super faint bourbon notes. Wish that bourbon was stronger.

M - Mouthfeel is solid here lightly carbonated and drinkable.

O - Overall this was a solid offering. An interesting mix of winter warmer spices and faint barrel notes. Would like some more Bourbon though.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to drummermattie02 for my first two tastes of Karbach, this being the last of the duo. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife amongst a snowstorm. On the 18th. Of fucking APRIL.

Pour is a clay-streaked muddy brown, kind of like my backyard would be if it wasn't fucking covered in snow. Fast-disappearing cap. Nose boast spices by the metric yard, cinnamon & nutmeg are two I imagine I can ID. Light vanilla is the only hint of barrel. Like smelling cookies from a stranger's kitchen & thinking "ooh, these could be really good or really awful."

FraGeeLay is like Paul Bunyan kicking you in the face - if Paul's boot were made of spices. Massive spices overwhelm that base beer, the barrel, several snow-covered robins outside my window, & a small bur oak in the backyard. Tons of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, on & on, you name it, it's probably in here. The barrel makes a cameo mid-palate & is immediately drowned out by the spicing: faint bourbon, skeleton of vanilla. Honestly, several ounces in, I could have split this bomber with 3-4 people & been content.

Too much spice, too little beer, too little barrel. This isn't bad, in fact it's decent enough, but it's one note & that note gets tinny after repeated sips. Mediocre.

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Photo of champ103
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Sugar Land Flying Saucer, the Hey Merchant, and via bottle in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger rocky tan head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: At first, the bourbon barrel hits the nose. Vanilla, oak, light sweetness. Coco beans and bakers chocolate comes next. Baked bread with cinnamon spice. I love the aroma. Everything is so well melded together.
T: Like the nose everything works and completes everything else that is going on. Big oak and wood aromas up front with vanilla sweetness. Big coco bean flavors and slightly bitter bakers chocolate. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spices. Everything is balanced perfectly.
M/D: A medium to full body. Very fine carbonation. Velvety smooth and creamy. So enjoyable to drink. I can do more than sip on this.

I love Yule Shoot Your Eye Out. This is excellent as well. Maybe even more enjoyable. Everything is so well balanced. Some people might think that a detriment. Though to me, the subtleties of bourbon barrel, chocolate, and spices that all intermingle are perfect. Well done.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chill night watching football, figured I'd open one of these, I don't write full reviews often, but this is a beer (and brewery) that I feel like are worth it. Karbach is doing great things.

A - Poured into a snifter, frothy tan head with crazy lacing, especially for a barrel aged beer. I've only had Yule Shoot on draft, but I don't recall it being quite this pretty.

S - Big vanilla/oak presence, spices are very toned down relative to the base beer (which for me is a good thing). This is one that I could smell for a while.

T - Frankly, I think the smell is better than the taste, but not by much. Same muted spice relative to the base beer, very smooth and subdued tasting beer, great balance. Barrel flavor is not as present as I thought it would be based on the aroma, but some interesting cherry/fig flavors are brought out that I don't remember from Yule.

M - Perfectly "weighty" and appropriate for a cold (read: 40F) Texas night. Pretty damn drinkable as well. Hopefully they can keep supply in line with demand on these BA products going forward.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

FUN 002, aged 14 months

A- Pours light brown with a tan head one finger head.

S- Apples, cinnamon, pumpkin and cocoa

T- Light bourbon flavor, along with oak. Spices are prominant, alcohol is well hidden

M- Very creamy and smooth

O- This held up very well after 14 months. The carbonation was still very prominent, as well as the spices. The only thing that receded was the bourbon. The color lightened up as well, to a light brownish/caramel. This beer was absolutely wonderful

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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FraGeeLay from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 119 ratings