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)

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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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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by bobhits:
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2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Chickow is a really nice change of pace. Intense sweet caramel and brown sugar with strong hazel nut flavors. I'm a fan. So adding bourbon....will that make it better?

The pour provides a rather dead looking beer, age can do this to beers and mix in higher abv and this isn't lively stuff. Dark brown color with some legs to at least speak about.

The nose brings out some almost fruit like esters which aren't expected hazel nut, oak, and well it kinda smells sour.

I get a lot of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and some hazel nut that I expected or at least assumed would come out. The odd thing is this sour element mixed with brown ale malt. This isn't the chickow I remember and the bourbon is a bit too strong.

I recall the normal chickow being a very rich and creamy beer. This is kinda watery and runny. The lack of carbonation is a huge negative.

I have a feeling there's going to be inconsistency in these bottles and it's very possible this is on the low end. That said given the price and the reality that normal Chickow is better and cheaper, give that one a try first and if you like it and want to see bourbon barrels added give this a tentative try. I may give next years release a shot since I do think this can work, but for now a pass for all but the most hardcore of fans.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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

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

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev +4.5%

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

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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 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 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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 release.

A: Dark brown pour. Mid sized fluffy and very fizzy light brown head. Takes an aggressive pour to get much head out of it. Head fades out moderately quickly, leaving only the lightest little slashes of lacing here and there. Decent retention oddly enough.

S: Huh, whoa. I've never had the regular Chickow! but this is totally unique. It's like hazelnuts and brown sugar. Bourbon is a minor presence here with some caramel and toasted sugar. Get some decent vanilla too. Overall quite sweet smelling. No sign of booze.

T: Bourbon up front. Not super strong but it's there with some toffee and caramel. Lots of sweet hazelnut kicks in in the middle and dominates immediately. Decent chunk of vanilla with it again. Sweet and malty throughout. No real bitterness at all. Lingering bourbon and a little oak between sips.

M: Pretty heavy and a little astringent.

O: Not a bad brew. Hazelnut flavor is very strong and overshadows the other aspects of this beer. Bourbon is fairly weak in comparison but it does add some elements of complexity. Hazelnut flavor is good but very strong - a must-have for the hazelnut lover, obviously. It was a bit much for me but it's still a good brew and quite unique at that.

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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

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