Oak Aged Gordon | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-11-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. I'm a big fan of all the Oskar Blues products and the regular Gordon is great. I was a little disappointed in this brew however- its way overoaked in my opinion. Pours a cloudy dark orange amber with a decent offwhite head that leaves some great lacing. The smell is also great, sweet and hoppy and quite complex with smells of oak and apricot as well. The oak is a nice note in the aroma, but becomes too much on the taste level with very heavy oak throughout and unddetones of dry vanilla. Lots of dry, piney hops as well, but they really have to fight the oak. Mouthfeel is nice as far as heft goes, and theree is a good bit of creaminess, but the tannic oak cuts against it somewhat. Too unbalanced for me to really call this very drinkable. I greatly prefer it without the oak.

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Photo of glid02
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this at the Brick Store in Atlanta, it's aged in Stranahan Whiskey barrels.

Pours a very cloudy faded bronze color with a one-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a good while before dissipating into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is very sticky.

Smells of whiskey and creamy vanilla, with the vanilla asserting itself more as the beer warms.

Tastes amazing. Mild whiskey and vanilla-like flavors up front that make way for a bit of pine and subtle earthy undertones. The flavors then shift back to whiskey and end with a mild amount of bitterness. The earthy whiskey flavor sticks around on the palate for a while.

Mouthfeel is also very good. There's a good thickness with coarse carbonation that has a lot of body.

Drinkability is great. There are so many flavors that play off each other and not one is out of place.

Overall, I was most excited about the Ten FIDY aged in the barrels, but the Gordon is a tough act to follow. Those boys in Lyons know what they're doing.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coles Rare beer fest. Lacey cask. Scotch and bourbon tastes is there, this is an aged woody ale with above average mouthfeel. Dark, drinkable.Mellow for certain for a DIPA. This is big onbourbon and wood, it stayed a while before serving, carmel for mothfeel.

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Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 2/08 notes...On tap at Capones.
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a small off-white head that slowly fades into a light cap. Beautiful amounts of tubular lacing is left around the entire glass.
Smell is of bourbon, caramel, spicy hops, nougat, vanilla, citrus, earthy, and outright lovely.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standout vanilla, caramel, oak, and spices.
Mouthfeel is spicy, medium bodied, oaky, sweet up front, and melting along the palate.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Brickstore 12th Anniversary:

Dark brown, poured with little head. Nice scent, smooth balance of flavors, strong vanilla presence. I enjoyed the texture, and found it to be a very drinkable beer with one minor complaint that the hops were a little overly subdued by the oak. I'll have to try the original Gordon and compare.

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Photo of hopdog
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones.

Poured a deeper and cloudy / muddy amberish color with an averaged sized frothy off white head. Aromas of whiskey, woody, pine, vanilla, and some caramel. Tastes of whiskey, wood/oak, vanilla, citrus, sugary, and caramel. I liked this one.

Notes from and tasted on 2/20/08

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Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night. It was listed as the whiskey barrel aged version. It was absolutely nothing like the regular version, that much is for certain.

The beer pours an orange, amber color, with nice head retention and good lacing. There is impressive citrus aromas on the nose, leading you to think you are about to take a sip of some very hoppy DIPA nectar. Guess again.

The wood aging has really toned down the hoppiness in this beer, which is not all that impressive to begin with for a DIPA. On the palate I get a very mild citrus flavor, with a very soft and creamy mouthfeel (gotta be from the oak - the regular version is nothing like this). There is just a touch of vanilla with the citrus, and a bit of bitterness in the finish. The barrel aged version comes across as quite drinkable, with the 8.5% abv. very well disguised.

I don't know. This is a very nice beer, but I guess from the oak, it does not come across as a DIPA. The barrel aging really cuts down on the hoppiness, and gives the beer a very soft, creamy mouthfeel. It's nice, but not what I'm looking for in my DIPA's.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Capone's. Whiskey barrel version.

Came to me in a small snifter. Dark amber color with some burnt orange highlights. Nice dense head that left some really good looking lacing.

The aroma was more subdued than I expected it to be. Hops were way in the background and the whiskey wasn't as strong as I thought it would be. Very nice and mellow.

The flavor, even though the hops weren't a factor, was very good. The whiskey was there, but didn't slap me in the face or make me feel like I was downing a bottle of cheap liquor. The oak was enjoyable and there was a hint of vanilla and citrus. Didn't really remind me of Gordon at all, but I found it to be quite tasty.

Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A touch of bitterness at the finish. Nice, warming aftertaste. Highly drinkable, imo, for a whiskey barrel aged beer. This was a good one that I hope to have again sometime.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids in Longmont. I'd heard good things about this one, and had to try it when I finally found it. Not bad, but nothing special either. A nice woody character melds well with the still present hoppy/caramel flavors. Worth trying if it shows up on tap, but not worth a special trip.

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Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Stranahan whiskey barrel version on tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark, hazy iced-tea color with a short-lived head that dissipated to a swirl on the top. The lacing was good.

I could smell the whiskey from a mile away. It is certainly the dominant aroma with hints of caramel malts and hops in the background.

The taste is just as hot as the aroma with tons of whiskey. However, there is more complexity than the nose as the earthy, grassy hops come through more. There is also a more noticeable caramel malt presence as well.

The mouthfeel is super smooth with the carbonation toned down from the barrel.

This is a good barrel-aged beer, though I think the whiskey is probably a little over-the-top for me. Definitely worth trying and thanks to Dave at the Brick Store for scoring this one.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A beautiful deep amber with ruby and copper hues. Frothy white head with superb retention and lacing down the glass. Smell is huge oak and vanilla. It's nice but almost masks the hop glory all together. Same thing with the flavor. Huge oak, wood, vanilla. Almost all whiskey flavor. Piney and citrus hops are in the background but get no chance to shine as they do in regular Gordon. Mouth is pretty nice and does have a certain bitterness but again, heat that is somewhat spicy from the whiskey. I feel like I'm playing "Where's Gordon?" instead of those old Waldo books I used to look at. What this beer once was does not come forward. Instead, it seems like a completely different beer. Too much whiskey, not enough Gordon.

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Photo of mentor
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First beer in a while, I've been really busy of late. Thought I'd hit up a real doozie, as life is too short...

Can provided as a reward for my volunteer efforts at 2008 GABF. Pours a two finger tan head that clings and slowly caves awkwardly. Liquid is hazed amber brown. Smells wonderful. Nice aged oxidation smell, which is probably mostly contributions from the barrel. Noticable aclohol, nice caramel , mild vanilla, and some raw barrel. Sweet malt with some american piney hop character. Smells just wonderful.

Tastes muddled. Malt, hops, and barrel are all present, but not well blended. Each enjoyable, but disjpointed. Barrel is strongest with rugged alcohol, dried out wood, raw oak, and old leather. Vanilla is potent and comes across like the vanilla you'd get in a flavored coffee. Hops are piney with mild lemon and orange citrus. Malt is moderate wet with caramel. Finish dries due to alcohol and leaves a short-lived raw oak in the mouth. Md body with some creaminess. Modest carbonation is good, as higher carbonation would contribute to the drying finish. Not particularly drinkable, as the oak is so strong. I would love to get many more cans of this, however, as I think time in my cellar would do this beer well.

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Photo of everetends
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Trapeze in Athens, GA. This was the Whiskey Barrel Aged offering of Gordon. Served up in a Chouffe Goblet.

A: Pours a very nice dark, rich caramel brown color. Very hazy and cloudy. Whole lot of movement going on in the glass. Pours a really nice half finger, top cap. The cap has staying power and really clings to the glass. As I work down to serving, the goblet just has sticky cob webs all over it. This beer looks great.

S: As soon as the bartender placed the goblet on the table, I could smell whiskey. Just perfect whiskey aroma, well rounded. Lots of vanilla coming out. Some caramel malts peeking around the corner. Lots of oak in the aroma. I want to say I can smell hops but I can't, just a beautiful whiskey aroma that friggin hypnotizes your senses. Good God.

T: Taste is once again, WHISKEY. This isn't a crazy in your face whiskey. Just a perfect pour of tasty, semi sweet, sipping whiskey. Doesn't make you grimace or wince, just puts a shit eating grin on your face. Once again notes of caramel, vanilla, hops and oak are all experienced but the perfectly tasty whiskey flavor steals the show and blows you away.

M: This is a medium to full bodied brew that has some nice stickiness to it in the palate department. Carbonation is light, but helps in making this an easy drinker. Goes down pretty easy considering your major flavor is whiskey. Lots of whiskey aftertaste, but yet again nothing crazy or revolting. Just a smooth sipper with a bit of alcohol bite.

D: For what this, I have to say it is incredibly drinkable. We are talking about a DIPA that would fool whiskey fans. It does have some bite and you need to sip, probably took me about 30 minutes to get through my glass. Still, I wanted more when finished. Just so incredibly tasty and enjoyable. I wish I could get this all the time.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Oak Aged Gordon from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 14 ratings