Bourbon Barrel Aged Dublin Raid
HammerHeart Brewing Company

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #1
Ranked #9,476
4.13 | pDev: 7.51%
HammerHeart Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Notes: During the Viking Age, many warriors, raiders and second sons left Scandinavia in hopes of new riches and land. Often after a tumultuous period of interacting with these people they came in contact with, they settled and assimilated, thus changing the course of history. This beer is inspired by those changes. The bourbon-barrel aging on this Irish-style Red Ale tempers the peat smoke and balances it with hints of oak and a rich vanilla flavor.
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is from a 750ml bottle that was bottled on '7.19.18'. 9.4% ABV, as stamped on the label.
Pours a murky, mud brown colored body. One finger beige colored head, seems to stick around. Leaves behind some small spots and strings of lacing.
Aroma of bourbon infused dark roasted malts, with cherry, vanilla, and coconut. I don't smell any smoke.
Taste is peaty and smoky, with dark roasted malts. Cherry, caramel, vanilla. Minimal sweetness but not bitter. Rather ashy and dry in the finish. There are some bright hops here.
Medium mouth feel, texture is full. Good carbonation.
Tasty red ale, with the smoke and barrel aging additions. Well done, nothing out of balance.

Feb 22, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick tan cap. Aroma is peat, dark roasted malt and faint bourbon. Flavor is too smoky for my taste, overwhelms the barrel. Feel is medium bodied. Over all a nice beer.

Sep 30, 2018
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark, fully opaque, with a slender tan head above.

Aroma: Bourbon spills out. Vanilla, coconut, some leather, cherries, chocolate, with hints of smoke down below.

Taste: Sweetness first, the big bourbon factor, which I am highly susceptible to, chimes in the loudest. The sweet stuff first, the whiskey, vanilla, fruit, etc., and then the smoke rises up just enough. I can't really get a handle on the base beer, but I don't think one could expect an Irish Red to really stand apart from the bourbon in this barrel-aging.

Okay, wait a minute. Now, it's coming through, I can taste a sweetish and malty Irish Red somewhere down there, down underneath the peat smoked, and way below the bourbon barrel. Complexity, thy name is BA DR. Mmm. Yum. Just about right on the money. Full-bodied, rich, long finish, and highly enjoyable.

I am liking this, every lovable layer of it.

Dec 02, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml mini growler from the brewery. Poured into a Hammerheart tulip glass. 2016 version aged in Four Roses.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A sweet and nicely boozy aroma with a scent of bourbon, smoke, peat, and caramel. Barrel scent of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Big malt scent of smoke and peat along with some hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and grains with yeast. A very nice rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely boozy and sweet barrel forward taste with notes of bourbon, smoke, peat, and caramel. Big barrel presence with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Good notes of smoke and peat along with malt notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and grains along with some yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly slick. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good Barrel Aged version of an Irish Red. Great blend of bourbon barrel, smoke, and peat notes with the caramel malt base.

Jun 26, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i had a lot of barrel aged beers at this awesome brewery, but this one, i think by far, had the most barrel character to it. i dont know if its because the base beer was lighter than some of the others, if it spent more time on oak, or if maybe it was in a first use barrel or something, but the bourbon character in this thing is insane. you would think it sweet being a red, but its not, its flavor without sugar, genius beer. this one, more than others here, has a big head and plenty of carbonation, and is one of the few this low in abv. i think that helps it drink really light, and allows the barrel to be standing out so much. the malt is deeply flavorful, woodsy and bold without being huge or sugary, that still amazes me every time in a red beer. this one also has some yeast character to it, which most of the others didnt. bready and fresh baked. the honey and vanilla notes from the bourbon are high, and the oak barrel itself has left its mark. maybe i have to give it to the brown ahead of this one, but this is incredible beer as well. these guys deserve some more attention, extremely impressive operation from top to bottom.

edit: this has some obvious batch variability, equally amazing, but i just had it again, some two and a half years later than the original review, and feel compelled to post the entire thing despite some obvious similarities. for my notes...

As if the original needed to be imperialized and put in wood right? Well, they did it anyway, and the results are fantastic, albeit enormous and sort of slow sipping no matter who you are. Irish red seems like such an understatement, but it still is that primarily, bold as this is. I get the dry European red malt first, backed up by the crackery, sort of tired and old school ale yeast right behind it, but there is a ton of other stuff happening here too, caramelized sweetness from the grain, wet oak and vanilla from the wood and whiskey, a light booze burn, and notes of candy sugar, toffee, and baked bran muffin. It seems unnecessarily big, but has a nice wood and earthy roasted and toasted malt side to back it up, and the sweetness is balanced for how dramatic it is at various times in here. Giant and unique, I could see this beer really striking a chord as winter starts to melt and its still appropriate to be drinking woody strong ales but you want some living element in there too to let you know that the bloom is forthcoming. Hammerheart has hammered my heart! Love these guys!

Jun 02, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smoky phenols dominate aroma, with accents of sweet caramel malt and herbal hops. Vanilla and oak surface late, complementing the caramel malt.

Flavor is also phenolic, but more plasticy. There's a pretty sweet, almost worty backbone, hints of fruity specialty malt character, and a dry, oaky, lightly bitter finish. Notes of vanilla surface as it warms.

The smoke is a tad overdone on this one. Overwhelms the barrel character. Yeah, and that worty character throughout, combined with the phenols, is reminiscent of diacetyl somehow. Not my combination of flavors.

Jan 08, 2015
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dublin Raid from HammerHeart Brewing Company
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