Shotgun Wedding
Country Boy Brewing

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #261
Ranked #22,280
3.82 | pDev: 13.09%
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Brown ale brewed with bourbon-soaked vanilla beans.
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 242
Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap this beer is all vanilla bean. So much so that it is reminiscent of root beer. A 4oz tasting pour was great, but I would worry about a larger pour. However, as a dessert w/ vanilla ice cream would be mighty tasty!

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Photo of Buck89
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A medium chocolate color with a one finger light tan head. Decent lacing in the glass. Caramel, vanilla, faint bourbon, and faint chocolate aroma with some spice at the end. Pretty complex IMO. The vanilla was there on the taste but nicely restrained throughout. Caramel and roasty notes emerged in the mid-palate with a faint bourbon presence on the finish. Medium bodied, slightly thin, and easy drinking. Low bitterness for an American brown - could have used a tad more IMO.

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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The look is different but I like it. Burgundy red and translucent with a minimal amount of off white head which recedes quickly. When held up to the light this joker is bright ruby red and I dig it. The aroma is big grains up front, some chocolate and a little sweetness. This is where the train went off the tracks, the finish was pencil shavings. A scent in very familiar with. Big malty bastard it tastes like. Some chocolate and vanilla sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little thin for me, on the thinner side of medium with a tad too much prickly carbonation. Overall this Is a middling effort. They had a great idea but average execution as far as what I was looking for.

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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Richard and Alanna!

A: Murky brown in color with a light tan head.

S: Husky roasted grains, with a touch of smoke, and vanilla bean. Some light coffee in the finish.

T: Fairly tame as far as grain goes. Light on flavor, with the vanilla being subtle, but balanced.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

O: Overall I wish it had a little bolder flavor, but what is there is pleasant.

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Photo of whitetale
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of this last November after enjoying it in a Lexington, KY restaurant.
Am drinking one this evening. Very interesting development. There is very little brown ale or vanilla flavor left. it seems to have transformed magically into a mild sour with a tart cherry taste. Quite good IMHO.

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Photo of superspak
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 2/6/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, dark fruit, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, bourbon, chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roast malts, vanilla, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/bourbon/chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malts, vanilla, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Pretty thin, but not watery feeling. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a very good flavored English brown ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malts, vanilla, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink for the style with the mildly bitter finish. Flavorful despite the thin body. Well balanced malt complexity with bourbon soaked vanilla; restrained fruity yeast and mild earthy hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

My official "Kentucky Six Pack". Driving back home from the coast, we drove over a small lip of Kentucky (a little town called Evansville) and I decided I had to swing in and buy just ONE six pack from the home state. This was it.

12 oz can poured into New Belgium snifter. A light caramel color from the can forms slowly into a muddy, medium-brown to dark-brown color. The head is 1 finger tall and is brown-beige.

The aroma is clicking something in my brain that signals safety. It's a soft, warm toasty aroma with hints of clean barley and warm, sweet caramel. Slight spice and root beer. Ahhh.

There's complexity here but it's somewhat lost within the thin profile, it's very fleeting - like a Rubik Cube tied to a weather balloon. There's toasty bread crusts, hints of caramel popcorn, root beer/cola, french toast, light roast barley, and those caramel-creme candies. Some slight vegetal hints pop up here and there with green veggie.

The mouthfeel is where I feel this beer's biggest problem lies. It's inappropriately thin, with a heavy weight of carbonation furthering the overall "lager" feel of this beer. Slight roasty dryness on the finish.

Overall, I didn't get the vanilla beans, though I don't doubt they added some complexity to the beer. It's an easy drinking beer, one I'll gladly be enjoying again, but they could have thickened up the mouthfeel quite a bit.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of nuts, dark malts, a bit of vanilla. Taste is dark bready malts, some nuts, no vanilla or bourbon is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear glass. Has a dark bronze/coffee appearance, fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly, little lacing.

Smells of toasted malts and toasted nuts, hint of tea. Sweet vanilla notes, faint bourbon, caramel, and brown sugar.

Tastes much like it smells. Tastes like toast, along with some sort of cola flavor, toffee notes, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and some chocolate. Altogether a very nice light mix of things. Feels smooth.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks and smells the part of a solid brown ale but looses me with the super thin feel and watery finish..

Not terrible but there are certainly lots of better brown ales out there.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on 10/05/17. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy brown/copper color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like vanilla, nuts, bready malt and toffee. Taste is similar to the aroma but there's also some dark breadiness and a bit of chocolate noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good, enjoyable brown ale. Glad I got to try this one, certainly worth trying if you've never had it before! $1.99 for a single can.

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Photo of Knight77
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good aroma. Really had me hopeful! Took a sip and initially was impressed, then it just kinda dropped off. Every sip is similiar, initial rush of flavor, then just whimpers out.
Still quite drinkable. Just so much promise initially, with no follow through.

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Photo of CatzPajamas
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can - dark brown with reddish hues on the fringes accompanied by a dark tan head that clings to the glass but doesn't stay long. Very clear and light enough to see my fingers through my Belgian tulip glass.

Smells pretty darn good - definitely vanilla, with some vanilla and a touch of fruity dark malts.

Tastes much like it smells; vanilla dominates but takes on a twangy taste - not sure if it's extract or cheap vanilla beans. The beer tastes very clean and there really isn't much character to it other than the vanilla.

Mouthfeel/body is where this beer craps out - it is way thin and finishes too dry for a decent brown ale.

Overall I can see how this beer is very mass marketed and does well. It definitely has vanilla, is definitely brown but it lacks character and repeatability for anyone other than a Bud Light drinker looking to expand their horizons for the first time.

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Photo of Wilhite
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is my first review, being new to the site and recently turning 21 I'm quite inexperienced, that being said you may want to take my review with a grain of salt. I have no craft beer experience.
Overall this beer was a good beer, the flavor was great. This beer is a brown ale aged on vanilla beans, however, I couldn't hint any out. The initial taste was great, but the finish left something to be desired.
I'm sure this beer would be a lot better on draft, I will be sure to try it given the availability!

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Photo of scooob
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a long-time Lexingtonian, so I'm predisposed to enjoy brews from my hometown. I'm biased towards West Sixth, but I've been hoping to find a Country Boy beer I can really get behind. This one almost does it: the sweet, almost crème brûlée thing gets going in your mouth, and then after you swallow, the taste and feel just... die. Then there's a bit of an earthy-dirt aftertaste. If this only had but a wee hops kick at the end, I'd be buying it regularly. As it is, I'll sometimes order it as the best local draft choice at some Lexington chain restaurants, but I'm always hoping it will be just a little bit better.

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Photo of Rufus1
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Twelve ounce can pours a cola brown with two fingers of tan head which lasts for about five minutes. Settles to a small rim with surprising lacing. I detected no vanilla on the nose. I did however detect one unusual smell that reminds me of either pickled beans or barrel fermented sauerkraut. (I am truly a country boy) Taste is a little to flat with to much carbonation which comes across slightly metallic. A touch sour. Overall a drinkable beer. It does not make me crave another which is one of my personal standards.
This could have been a bad can and I will try another one to be sure. If the next one tastes better I will do a review do over.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Appearance: Pours with a brilliantly clear iced tea hue and capped by an inch of ecru foam; splashy lacing but modest retention

Smell: Toasted malt and nuts, with hints of toffee and tea

Taste: Toast and a hint of toffee, with an earthy, nut character; nutskin sourness, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The best thing about this beer was the color - don't think I have ever paid such a compliment to a beer before; supposedly, this beer was aged on vanilla beans but I didn't pick up any of that flavor

Thanks, SPLITGRIN, for the opportunity

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Photo of jkblr
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Country Boy Shotgun Wedding Brown Ale aged on vanilla beans. 12 oz canned 1/5/17 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp. The beer is brown as promised with about an inch of tan head that recedes to a cap but holds. The aroma is vanilla with some chocolate and roast mixed in. The taste is kind of "brown ale lite" with vanilla added. I get a little chocolate on the end but also a bit of tang that would be more suitable in a porter. Mouthfeel is thin with sharp carbonation that leaves a barely perceptible metallic feel on the tongue. Overall, OK. I'm not sure this could have been better fresh but I might try it on tap if I had a chance.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried at a chilis on tap. Pours dark brown with no head and no lacing. Smells smoky. Taste of smoke, vanilla with a very mild finish, very drinkable. Will find some to take home

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at Blinkers Tavern in Covenington. It poured a hazy brownish amber with white head that left some lacing. The scent had hints of brown bread. The taste was nicely balanced and very easy to drink. The mouthfeel was creamy with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a solid brown ale.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The bar in the lodge at Ogle Bay my wife and I are staying at for 2 days has this beer in-tap. Served in a pint glass, this beer draws a clear light brown/dark Amber color with a slightly tan/off-white head that's about 1/2 inch thick when first served that settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some swirls of foam on the beer's surface along with decent lacing. Aromas of roasted caramel malt sweetness is certainly present along with an herbal, earthy hop smell. The taste is pretty. Inch the same, with a somewhat roasted, caramel malt sweetness that gives way to an earthy, herbal, slightly resinous, mild hop bitterness. Good balance of flavors here, and the malts dominate the overall flavor profile here just slightly. As it should. Has a crisp, just slightly prickly, also smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish, and the tasted malt sweetness likes tonsitnon my palate for awhile after each sip. Easy to drink in the good way.


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Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear, almost opaque very dark cola brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts and nutty (walnut) malts with light aromas of toffee sweetness. That is followed by just shy of moderate flavors of vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of chocolate + toffee malts with lighter flavors of nutty (walnut) + toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of toffee sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of vanilla. Light amounts of grassy hops towards the finish contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very enjoyable - this brown ale was the perfect platform for showcasing the vanilla. Easy to drink and a nice post dinner beer (though not as sweet as dessert beer). I'm impressed that this is an exciting brown ale.

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Photo of PDGreenB
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +3.7%
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 +8.4%
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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Shotgun Wedding from Country Boy Brewing
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