Colorado Barrel Collective #1 | Bull & Bush Brewery

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Colorado Barrel Collective #1Colorado Barrel Collective #1

Brewed by:
Bull & Bush Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Ale aged in Bourbon barrels. Collaboration between Bull & Bush, Mile High Wine & Spirits and Grapevine Wine & Liquors

Added by Prospero on 04-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by chugalug06:
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dense brew! Black-brown fluid with creamy off-white head. Moderate retention with little lacing. Good clarity.

Chalky, milky, caramel, marshmallow-y, deep and rich vanilla.

Lots of gooey caramel smothered in vanilla, but not fake vanilla. Grapey, lots of boozy heat. Chewy and highly drinkable, kinda dangerous. Carbonation is fittingly high. Bitterness is too dry and sweetness ends too abruptly.

I may be partial to this brew, but I still tired to rate according to style. It's quite solid, but just not at the top of the game. Recommended @ $10/16.9oz

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Really solid beer. Andre (a tremendous beer advocate in his own right) at Mile High Spirits recommended this brew and had a hand in selecting the base malts and aging process. Both the brewery and liquor store know why they're talking about.

The beer has a barley wine appearance, not entirely pitch black but very deep and dark. Not unlike B&B's brown ale. Nose has solid vanilla and bourbon notes with some citrus, though not a usual hop-induced citrus. Taste is one dimensional but not in a negative connotation. A lot of sugary, cherry flavor like in a Manhattan cocktail. I had one of these 10 days after bottling and was glad I gave it time to mellow. I don't recall how long it sat in the barrel, but in my opinion it was just a few months too long. The bourbon detracts from the base ale. My latest bottle was 2 months later. 2 additional bottles will sit for 6 and 12 months.

If you're a fan of Liquid Brain, you'll be pleased; the barrel-aged flavor is very, very similar. Strong bourbon notes, along the same line as BCBS, albeit without the same vigor.

Despite any faults I've expressed, this is one exceptional beer and I'm excited for future CBC renditions.

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From 11/22/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; had never heard of it and liked it a lot. 375ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a reddish mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Smells amazing, caramel malts, oak, toffee, sweet bourbon, oak, and toasted malts. Medium body and low carbonation. The sweet caramel and swete bourbon is fantastic.

Overall very good, with a great nose. Sweet bourbon ins fantastic, and easy to drink. Reminds me a little bit of MoaS, though not quite on that level. Would love to have it again.

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Colorado Barrel Collective #1 from Bull & Bush Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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