Shotgun Wedding | Country Boy Brewing

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Shotgun WeddingShotgun Wedding

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Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kaips1 on 05-08-2012

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 169
Photo of PDGreenB
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nutty with vanilla on the nose, rather sweet. Distinct peanut aftertaste. Great beer for dinner, could have a better mouth feel. Not quite silk, not quite cotton.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can with the Country Boy truck gracing its label. Dark reddish brown color with a nice on the pour settling quickly into a thin ring of lace. Aroma is quite nice with a semi roasted brown malt backbone and hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Flavor is as good as the aroma with the vanilla taking a more mild tone and the sweetness leaning to faint brown sugar and brown malt. Texture isn't too bad for its size, but I prefer brown ales to be bigger and thicker for my preference.

Shotgun wedding is a nice session brown though a brown ale isn't my choice of session ale. I prefer the big malt and sweetness of a brown ale. While my can review does improve a touch, Shotgun Wedding has so much potential as the brewers at Country Boy have as well. They are unbelievable craft brewers who will one day discover the thick sticky mouth feel the best of the best deliver and when that happens good beers like Shotgun Wedding will be hard to resist. It's still a fantastic beer, but it's texture could be much thicker. It's hard not to love Country Boy!

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Country Boy Brewing - Shotgun Wedding. 4.8% ABV. 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark maroon body, appearing reddish through light with lots of floaties. Small amount of white lacing on top, before shortly ending up as a ring.

Smell: Tons of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar, with a malty backbone.

Feel: On the thin side, with some carbonation to give it some weight.

Taste: Sweet vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar, with some malts. Finishes sweet.

Overall: This was one of my favorites when first getting into craft beers, and I've been waiting for it to get canned. Out of the can, it's just as good as on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of mlockman
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty thin and watery with not much head nor flavor to boot. The vanilla notes were imperceptible, and this beer was incredibly light and very session able.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe

Pours deep brown with some light shining through, small head. Smells of brown malts, brown sugar, earth and caramel. Tastes of brown malts, caramel/toffee and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation, crisp dry finish. Nice sessional me brown that pairs well with food

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Part of a sampler at Brier Patch in Lewisburg, WV. Pours a murky amber with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is maltiness, with vanilla following. Kind of thin mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. It's OK but I wouldn't revisit it.

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Photo of do_ob
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery. Blood-orangish-brown in color with a thin lacing of bubbly tan foam. Sweet caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar on the nose. Medium weight and pretty carbonated. Loads of spice and vanilla on the taste up front. Levels out on the back end and balances perfectly. Finishes smooth with a touchy of carbonation kicking back. Bittersweet baking spices, vanilla extract, and smooth caramel on the aftertaste.

Overall, very good. Underrated, in my opinion. If you like vanilla porters or stouts, this one is a good alternative in the same vein, albeit on the lighter side. Despite being only 4.8% abv, drinks like a much bigger beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of thebeers
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at Pies & Pints in Charleston, WV. By the time it hit the table it didn't have any head left, but had a nice dark brown color. The aroma is on the light side with a little vanilla wafting through and not much else. The flavor is likewise on the light side, with a mild in there blasted with some vanilla. Light bodied, of course. Nothing offensive, but too light to hold up to the vanilla IMO.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very murky unfiltered looking pour. Dirty brown. Almost looks like the Ohio river after a heavy rain that I was looking at while drinking.

Chocolate, vanilla, and almost a whisky like note in the aromas.

Tastes kind of unique for a brown ale. Cant really put my finger on it. Almost a barrel quality without the whisky. Lots of rich chocholate and sweet vanilla along with toasted malts.

Pretty solid body, but still easy drinking.

Would gladly drink again. Very good brown ale. I would love to try an imperial or barreled version of this.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - dark brown with a frothy tan head
Smell - smells like a dark cream soda
Taste - actually taste like slight brown but more cream soda
Feel - medium carbonation and body
Overall - so different, brown ale cream soda

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz draft served at Louisville's newest craft beer digs - the Crescent Hill Craft House

A: Looks the part of a classic brown ale - dark mahogany with ruby highlights; interesting with little head off the tap and no retention - just a slight collar of tan colored foam; minimal lacing.

S: Lighter than anticipated on the nose; some caramel sweetness; faint hints of vanilla and the lightest of a chocolate undertone manage to break through the soft bready/nutty malt profile as the glass warms; to be honest, I didn't get a lot off of the nose of this one, but it could be a result of the plethora of fantastic smells coming from the kitchen just 15ft to the right of our seats at the bar at Crescent Hill Craft House.

T: Assertive maltiness up front in the form of warm bready flavor; vanilla appears late, breaking through with a hint of sweetness along with a light chocolate note; vanilla rises as glass warms to room temp; finish is slightly drying with a toasted bread and a nutty note tailing off while a kiss of vanilla just lingers beyond the swallow to draw you in for the next sip; not overly sweet but with a nice balance between malt and the vanilla on the finish.

M: Fine carbonation breaks through the initial oily feel on the palate; finishes with a nice, frothy crispness; interesting juxtaposition of a darker beer with a much lighter-bodied feel than its initial looks would suggest, but it works for me.

O: A solid brown ale from a great local brewery, and one that I'm glad to have had the chance to try given its limited availability. The vanilla note peaks through late to add a nice, slightly sweet twist on a classic style, making this one supremely drinkable brown ale. If you find this on tap, take advantage of the opportunity.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. This is an American Brown ale brewed with bourbon-infused vanilla beans. The beer has a murky, dark brown color with a solid 3 fingers of head that slowly die down to some nice lacing. Lots of vanilla on the nose, as well as some rich malty notes of fresh bread and hazelnuts.

The beer has a medium body with a somewhat firm feel (appropriate for the style) and a mild, slightly sweet flavor. The vanilla definitely shows itself with the malt, making for a very nice flavor combination. I don't get much bourbon, but didn't really expect it. Despite the vanilla flavor, the beer does not taste excessively sweet. Rather, you get a nice balance between sweet malt, vanilla, and herbal hops. The finish is rather short-lived, but I suppose that's common for the style.

Overall, a very nice beer. It's a brown ale that tastes and smells like vanilla - what's not to like? The only thing holding this beer back is the style. An imperial version of this would be devastating. Still, I do like brown ales and this one respects the style while skillfully infusing flavor into it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Lexington.
Small, weak and sticky off-white head over a dark red-orange-brown body.
Smells great, with penty of vanilla mixing with toasted malts. Smells very sweet; candy sweet, so its a relief it is not as sweet as suggested. Still, a bit too sweet for general consumption, but a good option as a dessert beer.

Low carbonation and near medium body; perhaps a bit under-carbonated. Smooth.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silky brown in the glass there was a nice off white fluffy head.

The scent is lightly chocolate with some dry maltiness. Touches of bread or cracker compliment the malts but are distant.

The taste is fairly one dimensional but a very good dimension it is. Chocolate fudge brownie dominates a slightly watery finish. The chocolate fudge is pervasive and delightful and makes this an absolute must if you visit Country Boy.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown Chicken, Brown Cow gets a velvety face lift as the chocolate and nutty notes are complemented with the decadent vanilla bean. The results are silky and smooth.

But like many-a-brown ale, Shotgun Wedding appears as the stalwart brown color. Mildly hazed, the beer struggles to permit a highlight of chestnut. Its light carbonation amounts to a light blanket of foam the reduces to a broken sheet nearly half way through the session. Light lacing allows for a bit of added visual appeal.

Musty vanilla rises to meet the nose, just ahead of base notes of chocolate, nuts, toffee, and toasted grain. Surprisingly, a complementary whiff of fennel seed comes to greet the aromas with an oddly compelling scent of black licorice. All of these fairly straight forward aromas are wrapped in a cozy little vanilla scented blanket.

Flavors get back to the basics and celebrate what's best about brown ales: toffee malt provide the foundation, then layers of chocolate, walnut, toast, and grain take turns addressing the palate as the beer traverses across the tongue. It's not until deep into the taste that the soft vanilla flavor comes to life and resonates with a lush and succulent taste that inches closer and closer to dessert-like status as the beer nears its finish. Lightly bitter from grassy hops and toasted grain, the beer's semi-sweet start is balanced and refreshed.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's sweet malt and milk texture hold firm and press firmly against the tongue. Low carbonation keeps the beer velvety, silky, and smooth; despite its hop abrasion and dryness. Finishing malty-dry, the beer is hardly effected by alcohol warmth or hop-derived dryness.

Shotgun Wedding is the perfect beer for vanilla additions. It's chocolate and nutty flavors are turned into a dessert because of the spice. Though it may impede head character and carbonation, the silkiness that comes about is highly celebrated.

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with amber highlights and a solid half inch cream head that lingers, then leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is nutty, toasted bread crust, vanilla, and a significant bourbon presence. Floral hops and a hint of citrus add complexity.

Flavor is heavily vanilla, initially, with toasted malt carrying into a slightly citrusy finish. Very bready, with lemon, bitter hops, and grapefruit rounding out the profile. There's a hint of burnt bread flavor that may just be due to the use of deeply roasted malt.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. The finish is fairly dry.

Overall, a fairly balanced beer, with malt initially dominating, them succumbing to hops at the finish, and a slight bit of vanilla complexity.

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Photo of kaips1
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

First tapping of shotgun at the brewery, this brown chicken brown cow but on Co2 and with vanilla bean "dry hopping".

This is the second attempt to write this review so its the edited version: appearance: nice Carmel color with a nice frothy head of at least a finger or two. Aroma of straight toffee. You wont believe it till you get a glass. Taste is some toffee and then bits of roasty maltiness. Mouthfeel is good because of a nice carbonation and light body, best "sessionable" beer around. Overall awesome beer you need to get some before its gone. Congrats Country Boy well done.

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Shotgun Wedding from Country Boy Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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