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Old Double Bagger - Barrel Aged | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by katan on 01-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 10
Photo of JoeAmerican77
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the Stranahan's Barrel ODB they are entering into the GABF 2011. Not sure if the other reviews were the same type of barrel...anyways

The appearance is of a root beer with coffee poured into it, hazy and dark, a layer of pond scum head thinly coats the top. Smells of the whiskey barrel float smoothly off the brew. Toffee, caramel,raisons and dates as well caress the nose. The flavor poured into my maw is superb. It draws cool sweet pipe tobacco, Stranahan's whiskey bites, chocolate covered raison and some bitter anise. The body is both full and sticky. The carbonation seems to appear out of nowhere and dissolves on the tongue.

Hands down 5/5 beer. A beer like this is the reason I do reviews and expand my palate. There is not one way I would improve this beer.

This beer is in the top 2 best beers I have ever had, maybe it's number uno, depending on the weather it could be. Wow wow wow. I have never said that before about a beer.

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Photo of claytong
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark pecan, didnt get to see the head on pour but not much left when taken to my table, just a rim.

Smell - alcohol, bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, vanilla

Taste - caramel malt, bourbon, oak, feels stronger than 13 percent but very mature

Mouthfeel - a sipper, but i certainly dont mind. might be too sugary for some, but thats the only sweets i like, barleys.

its definitely more of an english than an american barley.

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Photo of JCDenver
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had the pleasure of enjoying this one yesterday at Freshcraft as part of a kickoff for American Craft Beer week. This was aged for 12 months in Stranahan's barrels, with another six in the keg, per the Oskar Blues rep who was also on hand.

Served fairly chilly in a snifter. Let it warm up a bit. Poured a dusky brown, with a finger of brownish head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell was fantastic. I got figs, vanilla, and a bit of the oak. The smell of alcohol was also noticeable, which isn't surprising with a beer of this ABV. I didn't find it to be overpowering though, or even really distracting.

Aromas carry through to the palate: vanilla, oak, figs, burnt sugar/caramel and some spice notes. Finishes with a slight alcohol bite. For a high IBU beer, it really didn't have a lot of hop characteristics.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, I was also surprised at how smooth it was for such a big beer.

Overall, this was great. I'd love to have this again, but since I probably won't get the chance, I had two.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A story in sweetness. Darkish body and a quarter inch of beige head. Mold spores on tap. A lace sheet. I was not getting the 100 ibu bitterness. Seemed more like an old ale, with all the malting, brown sugar and cinammon. Crazy high a.b.v. Suitable understated carbonation.

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Photo of katan
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One year in a stranahans barrel. On tap at the weasel.

A- pours a deep dark mohagany, amber with brown highlights. Little head formation, off white in color.

S- lots of toffee, caramel, even a hint of chocolate. Oaking is well hidden - lightly woody.

T- starts off smooth and malty, lightly sweet with caramel and toffee. Oaking comes in big time, lots of vanilla and a light char. Very smooth and balanced. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes with a light phenolic burn and some smooth toffee.

M- moderate body and light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. A bit sugary and clingy at times. As noted on the taste, a bit of alcohol burn. Excellent balance for a ABW.

D- super strong and scary Abv. A one and done beer. Not very filling, smooth going down. For all the complexity, it is a complimentary beer to the palette.

one of the best barrel aged beers I have ever had.

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Old Double Bagger - Barrel Aged from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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