Shotgun Wedding | Country Boy Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
countryboybrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brown ale brewed with bourbon-soaked vanilla beans.

Added by kaips1 on 05-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,922
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
224
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
59
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whitetale
3.99/5  rDev +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 lfeinauer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 robebo44
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YinzBrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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 DigitGrowler
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 norinco
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kristiclimbs
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dinkel
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of golf4collet
1.7/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Rockblink
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TerryMills
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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 OtisCampbell007
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Dum3z
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lajohnson413
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoeyJellico
2.49/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Doesn't have much of a finish.

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Photo of Knight77
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Shotgun Wedding from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 224 ratings