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Reindeer Tears 2015 Black Wax (Jack Daniels) | Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

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Brewed by:
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
Texas, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by 4lo:
Photo of 4lo
1.62/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

So much terrible involved with this beer. Does not come across as a gingerbread stout in JD barrels whatsoever. If they advertised it as a sour tart beer I'd give it a slightly better rating.

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Photo of jbeezification
1.81/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

22 oz bottle poured into a hazy plastic unbranded cup. Screw you to Phil for sharing.

Obviously infected and not good.

Sour for no reason. It's a Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrel Aged Gingerbread Stout that has little to no gingerbread taste and high amounts of lacto.

Smells of Gingerbread and whiskey which is nice.

Bottle pours a dark brown black with a good fluffy tan head that lingers.

I wouldn't say it's poorly done or executed wrong except for the lack of QC or maybe they are delusional to believe this beer should be sour (which by all accounts it was not when it was on tap)

Once again and most importantly, screw you Phil for sharing this sour turd.

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Photo of champ103
1.99/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A minimal tan head forms, and recedes in a second. Light patchy lace.
S: At first, I get that...throw every spice you can into the mix kind of aroma. Ginger and clove being up front and center. Not really getting anything else, until this warmed up when I get a malt vinegar like sourness.
T: Like the nose, everything up front is pretty standard for something with gingerbread. A big spicy flavor, ginger, clove, allspice. Which in itself is overkill, then an over barring sweetness. At first I am thinking I am getting some tannin like oak character. Once that warms, it is full on malt vinegar and lingering sourness. Sickly cloying in that regard.
M/D: A fuller body, that is oddly and highly carbonated. Prickly on the tongue. Then, once this breaths, becomes more viscous. On top of which is muddled and dirty. Once the vinegary character takes over, I really can't drink this. Just a complete mess.

The first few minutes, of slowly sipping this, I was thinking there is nothing particularly wrong, just a typical spiced beer and no barrel presents. Once this warmed, that nasty, sickly, vinegar character takes over and completely ruins everything. What a mess. Really, no idea if that is infection (it probably is), but just bad. I have not given a score this low in a long time.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +71.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle at the Petrol Station.

A: black body, reddish highlights, and half an inch of fine tan head. Ok retention and light lace. Pretty good.

S: Gingerbread dominates, with equal parts sweetness and gingery spice. Some chocolate maltiness as it warms. Quite nice.

T: Piquant, intense gingerbread richness up front - almost juicy in the freshness of the ginger. Some vanilla and oak on the back end attest to the barrel aging, but the barrel is faint. Delicious, but not as much depth as I'd hoped it would have.

M: Solidly medium-bodied with ample, lively carbonation. A little more spritzy than creamy, but just fine.

O: Very enjoyable, but more barrel character would have taken it to the next level.


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Photo of greenspointexas
1.65/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Lol sour... Not sure it was intended to be this way

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Photo of Andycinoz
4.26/5  rDev +76%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I completely disagree with the earlier review. Yes, I get a tartness, but it sure as $&;t doesn't taste infected. If anything, the tartness comes in as a compliment to the beer, rather than the sweeter bourbon notes I admit I was expecting.

I'm going to hang on to the other bottle for a few months and try it again - maybe along side this years Gingerbread Stout. And I'll probably enjoy it even more then!

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Photo of Dicers
1.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Ford
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ilikebeer03
2.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Wasn't good. It tasted like slightly tart gingerbread stout. No trace of barrel characteristics.

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Photo of bmurray10
1.79/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Looks great, tastes tart and obviously off. Have another, so maybe in a year it will change for the better.....doubt it though. Definitely not what I hoped for as I really like GBS.

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Photo of JamLand
1.75/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Brolo75
2.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Not sure which this is: Jack Daniels or Knob Creek but I'm going with Jack Daniels.

A: Pours black with a tan colored head, no head retention, no lacing, a little bit of carbonation streaming up the side, sounded like oil when I poured it, looks pretty good.

A: Big powdered chocolate smell like Nesquik, cinnamon, spice, some whisky aromas, not getting any oak, I'm digging the aroma, smells pretty solid.

T: Lots of sourness, definitely tastes like it's been aged in wine barrels, cherries, oak, hint of chocolate in the end. Some ginger bread stout notes are slightly there but the tartness overwhelms everything.

M: Lots of carbonation, dry, sour, tart finish.

O: As a sour ale lover, I am actually enjoying this but it falls a great distance from its description, there is tartness there and it overwhelms the other characteristics. I did notice some rust colored powder around the bottle and cap, not sure what it is. Giving it a low Taste score because it does not follow the description of the beer.

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Photo of Dogleg
1.25/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Grant214905
1.36/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This beer was sour as hell. They say they aged it it JD barrels but it tasted like it was aged in wine barrels. The beer was not terrible but it was not at all a gingerbread stout in whiskey barrels. More like a sour dark ale in oak barrels. Giving this beer a 1 because it was not at all what it was supposed to be.

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Photo of ElHef420
3.96/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reindeer Tears 2015 Black Wax (Jack Daniels) from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
Beer rating: 2.42 out of 5 with 16 ratings