Barrel Series No. 3: Quandary - Whiskey Barrel-Aged
River North Brewery

Barrel Series No. 3: Quandary - Whiskey Barrel-AgedBarrel Series No. 3: Quandary - Whiskey Barrel-Aged
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From:
River North Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #41
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,322
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
55
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 02, 2024
Added:
Jul 24, 2012
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  11
Our signature Quadrupel aged in Whiskey Barrels. Released once per year.

23 IBU
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Rated: 4.16 by smithj4 from New York

Apr 02, 2024
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark walnut brown opaque body with a beige head that slowly fades into a thick collar with spotted lacing. Nose captures the barrel with dark oak well, bonding with lots of dark fruit especially raisin and dark cherry, belgian yeast, and brown sugar. Taste starts with rustic oak going well with the yeast, but then kind of a canceling out effect of everything with faint raisin standing alone before big whiskey finishes. It doesn't invite the drinker to really take in the depths of the beer. Feel is warm, malty and yeasty with good weight and balance.
Nov 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.11 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
5 February 2020 - Beer #21

Price: $11.99 at Mr. B's in Denver

Appearance: 3 - Quads and barleywines tend to look alike: ugly. Darker than usual, no head whatsoever after about 10 seconds.

Nose: 5 - ooo, lots of barrel! Digging a little deeper reveals tons of fruit, like raspberries and cherries mashed up together. Complex!

Taste: 3 - might be infected... A little tartness with some off flavors. Really not terrible, but I can't imagine this was the plan.

Mouth: 3 - kind of flat, maybe a little bubbly on the tip of my tongue.

Overall: 3 - a bit disappointing. Must have been really good sans infection, because it's still decent, not at all a drain-pour. If that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is.

Cheers!
Feb 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.51 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Sep 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Ah, quads and english barleywines just bloom with a little barrel aging, and this is an example of how nice that marriage can be... Deep ruby brown and clear with a short-lived tan head, this 2019 vintage presents ample notes of sweet, lightly-boozed fruits such as date and fig - aromas of whiskey wood accentuate the fruity flavors and lighten the feel on the palate... Moderately sweet, not much by way of bitterness, smooth, and graceful... a real nice drink...
Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Avitra from California

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It’s nice and Smokey. Definitely feeling the whisky along with anice and grapes. More bubbly than expected but good even on summer day. Refreshing though heavy and quite unique
Aug 26, 2018
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Bottle info: VINTAGE - 2017 RELEASE NO. - 5 MO. IN BARRELS - 18 CASES BOTTLED - 125 ABV - 11.1%

Somewhat murky, reddish-brown body; thin yet lasting head; some rings of carbonation down the glass. Strong aroma of roasted grains, caramel, and big whiskey notes. Rich brown sugar and caramel flavors soon followed with an intense, penetrating whiskey presence; some dark fruit notes like figs. Heavy body yet ironically seems a bit weak; warm and rich overall; plenty of boozy heat.

The whiskey barrel aging dominates this beer yet enough of the quadrupel base remains to add depth and complexity to things. It's a tad disappointing in the mouthfeel, but otherwise shines in all other aspects.
Jun 16, 2018
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thank you Wasatch for this
375 ml bottle poured into a goblet

A- A clear brownish ruby red with a very small off white head.

S- Whiskey, dark fruits, some cherries, some vanilla, touch of caramel malts and dark chocolate.

T- Whiskey, caramel malts, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, earthy.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid barrel aged Quad, not as complex as some of the other Quads I’ve tried but still tasty and worth seeking out.
Oct 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Aug 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.6 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some dark fruits, nice touch of whiskey/oak. The taste is malty, yeasty, very nice touch of dark fruits, nice touch of whiskey/oak. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, a nice complex brew. Overall, a very tasty brew.
Apr 04, 2017
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Reviewed by strohme2 from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a murky brown/red. Small off white head that leaves just a small ring around the glass with small soapy bubbles. Smells like cherry, whiskey and wood, some alcohol heat. Taste is cherry syrup then tart cherry, plums, light whiskey, wood, raisins, caramel. Tiny bubbles tickle the tongue. A unique beer with red wine like tastes.
Apr 03, 2017
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
While the "mile high" goes all "dark strong", the brewers of River North embrace both arenas of thought by brewing a true to style Belgian dark strong ale and marinating it in whisky barrels for a mile high kind of taste and effect.

Whisky Barrel Quandry pours a hazy garnet with a tepid off white froth. Medium on stature and longevity, the bubble pop to release a host of sweet malts, dark fruit, stone fruit, spice and with a tingle of whisky. Sweet to taste, a medley of steely caramel, honeysuckle, brown sugar and hard candy play early on the tongue.

The ale simply blossoms on the middle palate. Relaxing sweetness allows for the fruit forward taste of fruitcake to slowly take command. Stronger with red grape, blackberry, plum and currant, a natural red wine flavor permeates the taste. A backdrop of raisin, date and fig are balanced with light peppercorn, sassafras-like hops and a velvety vinous plum wine character.

Sitting on the lighter side of full, the beer's lasting sweetness is of sweet wine with those hard candy influence playing a grape tone into a spicy, woodsy and slightly tart finish. Simmering warmth of brandy and the savory dryness of madeira lead into a semi-long aftertaste with a carbonated zest.
Mar 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.8 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.07 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Aug 07, 2016
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours tea brown with a modest cap; dots of lacing hang around

Smell: Brown-edged sugar cookies soaked in whiskey

Taste: Whiskey tones dominate the front end, with the brown sugar and vanilla cookie elements building; overwhelmingly sweet, through the middle, with just a hint of stone fruit; boozy finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Overly sweet and one dimensional; lacks the layers of complexity that should be there in a quad

Thanks, eawolff99. for the opportunity
Jan 22, 2016
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle into a chalice


A:Murky brown with subtle amber hues when held to light. Less than 1/2 fingers width of light tan head dissipates quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing. 4

S: Very sweet, lots of caramel/toffee, dark fruits, apple, vinous notes. Barrel notes with charred oak and bourbony vanilla. Excellent nose. 4.5

T: Like the nose its very sweet. I get caramel and toffee, candied sugar, and dark fruits. Subtle cocoa and bitterness. Barrel notes are noticeable but aren’t particularly prominent. Some balancing booze. Delicious. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is very good. 4.5

O: Really nice beer here. Quite enjoyable. 4.25
Nov 11, 2015
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another beer smuggled out of Colorado, this 22 oz. bottle sports a lovely black-and-white (with a red highlight) label that would look appropriate on a $173 bottle of wine. Classy. Dated 2015, release 3. Split with my wife.

The pour is a fuddled, very dark orange, minimal head; looks solid enough to walk across. Those nose is interesting: tons of sugar, sweet apples, and barrel that feels more rum-like & festive than a gun-totin’ whiskeyness. Huh.

Quandary - Whiskey Barrel Aged takes a backhoe to the style. Whiskey is in charge here, kicking the upper lip & the palate, but by the finish - vanished like a fart in the wind, as The Warden once said. After that it’s all kinds of freak. There’s that apple juice/cider, sweet, sweet sugars that give my next door neighbor a diabetic attack just from proximity, raisins, & a bite that stops just this side of tart before it’s overwhelmed by the air horn of sweetness. The back-story is almost wine-like, oaky, & a touch of peat. Heavy, a bit under carbonated, but the complexities keep me coming back for more.

There’s more going on in this beer than in an Edward Gibbon doorstop (which brings back memories oh, so, many, hours, of, memories). But who gives a shit? It’s tasty, & that’s what tickles the tail. Excellent beer.
Oct 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Sep 29, 2015