Bourbon Barrel Aged Dublin Raid | HammerHeart Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
HammerHeart Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by XmnwildX12 on 12-05-2013

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of MattyG85
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.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Red in color but transparent. The first thing that hit me with this was a smoky flavor which faded into a standard flavor of a red.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave2234
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dublin Raid from HammerHeart Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 29 ratings