Chickow! - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Triple Digit Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Triple Digit Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
tripledigitbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dope on 08-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
38
Reviews:
7
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
15.73%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xdtfx
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuges
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crbnfbr
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pants678
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark wood brown with a thin laced head.

Smells of bourbon and vanilla extract.

Malt punch of a barleywine, more like chicory than hazelnuts. Bourbon's there, under the delicious maple-ish sweetness. Fairly hot, works against it only sorta. Way too much punch to be a brown.

Medium bodied, dry.

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Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bmf5581
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aasher
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gregf51
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The brown ale has never been on such a wild ride- placed on steroids for extra strength, flavor and intensity and then a long slumber in premiere Kentucky bourbon barrels and the flavors that emerge are nothing short of sultry or decadent.

Dark brown in color, hazy and with ribbons of crimson slithering through, the short tarnish head billows with a massively sweet nose. Hazelnut and vanilla make immediate marks but so does the dark fruit, vinous twang and unmistakable bourbon perfume. Hitting the sweet tooth hard, its the taste of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey and molasses that showers the tongue in lavish malt sweetness.

Shy of viscous, the beer's oily-sweet coat slathers on the tastebuds with an array of savory toasted sweetness bringing its candied hazelnut, vanilla cream, chocolate and coffee flavor for complexity, roundness and a hint of earthen bitterness. Light vinous tartness gives a sherry-like impression as the dark estery taste of prune, grape, date and fig join the fray. Its finish of caramel, vanilla, oak and whisky spice take an edge off of the sweetness for a light reprieve.

Full, rich and cloying, the ale is as sweet to the texture as it is to the taste, giving it a slow and sipping trend to compare favorably to that of port wine. A light woodsy bitterness and a mild vinous astringency once again offers a slight semblance of balance as the powerful bourbon begins to dissolve the sweetness and keeping the beer drinkable.

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Photo of Stevedore
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Dark brown body, cola coloured, one finger brown head, no retention or lacing. Smells of sweet brown sugar and molasses, whiskey. Not a whole lot else. Flavour is similarly uncomplicated, with whiskey, brown sugar, molasses, touch of oak and earth. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, no different than the base, low carbonation. Nothing special to see or taste here, move on along.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap pour of the 2015 FOBAB Silver medal winner at the brewery's Fourth Anniversary. Is this really a brown ale? I suppose it's worth discussing, because I'm hard pressed to tell that this isn't just Cranium minus the vanilla and coffee. Eh, either way this is killer. Really dark for a brown (but not oily black like a stout) with a big thick, boozy mouthfeel and finish.

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Photo of Myotus
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured hard at 45°F from a 22oz bottle (2015 vintage) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 27Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of khaki foam that shrinks into a line within 45 seconds. No lacing is left behind from the head shrinkage. Dark brown in color with a yellow tint. Rising bubbles are small in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and very subtly.
SMELL: Strong bourbon and hazelnut aromas nearly overpower the subtle aromas of caramel, toffee, sweet chocolate, and vanilla.
TASTE: Very strong bourbon and strong hazelnut flavors first bombard the palate and are immediately followed by mild vanilla flavors. The vanilla flavors are off, though. You can tell the vanilla flavors did not come from vanilla beans. I guess these are the "natural flavors" that were added. Subtle sweet chocolate and toffee flavors along with hints of earthy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for bourbon, which somehow grow stronger and more unbearable.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong dryness. A strong and unwelcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: I was faced with a glass of bourbon that had a spash of beer. If you love straight bourbon, you'll probably like this. If you're looking for a balanced BBA beer, please avoid. I am a beer guy and love drinking beer. I don't want hints of beer in my beer. It's contradictory. Hopefully the 2016 version is better and more balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcrossan
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev +4.5%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of bleedblue9150
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Chickow! - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Triple Digit Brewing Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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