Iridium Flare
Bottle Logic Brewing

Iridium FlareIridium Flare
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Style:
Braggot
ABV:
13%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.86%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
71
From:
Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  19
SCORE
91
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Iridium FlareIridium Flare
Notes: Strong ale brewed with honey and marionberries and aged in bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 71 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Eyedoc27 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting more fruitiness from this one but it definitely drinks more like a strong ale. It did appreciate the slight bit of honey that I tasted. Interesting take on the style

Feb 23, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 vintage. I'm a little surprised by how this beer is aging - it seems to have cooled down a bit, and now all of those jammy berry notes are coming forward. The honey and berries are quite good, while the subtle barrel notes lend pleasant contrast to the sweetness.

I was aghast when I first tried this beer - it is getting so much better with age.

Jan 15, 2019
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MFMB from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown almost prune juice like. Tan foam head with hints of purple. Nose is of raisins, prunes and fresh dough. Taste is extremely sweet. A beer to share for shure. Bread pudding comes to mind when having this. Intense raisin flavors with notes of sweet dough, honey, caramel and vanilla. Some tart berries trying to peak through but the cloying sweetness wipes out much of that. Finishes a bit hot with a slight bourbon burn. Medium body with a silky finish. This beer is really good and complex although a 6 ounce after dinner pour would suffice.

Feb 05, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich brown color with a reddish hue and a finger of tan head. Almost no lacing.

Creamy, bourbon-forward aroma with vanilla and hints of berry. A touch of wood and earthy bitterness as well.

Vanilla, bourbon and honey up front in the taste with a little hop bitterness and chocolate to balance out that initial impression. Then very strong, intensely sweet marionberry on the backend.

Slick feel with good carbonation.

This is a really good dessert beer. It's nuts, but the modest bitterness in the front half prevents the big dessert beer sweetness in the second half from being too nuts.

Nov 18, 2017
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cherche from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the low ratings on this one frustrate me...it seems like people arent considering what this beer is and just saying its not FO or DSN so its not a top notch BA beer...anyways, let me hop off my soap box and rate it.
l: brown, cola body. head is tan but then actually shifted to a beautiful rose color. unlike anything i have ever seen.
s: sweet bourbon, honey, roses, berries. very complex, and very nice. initially i get a little boozy heat but the flavors rush in behind that and correct any initial impression that this beer is hot and boozy.
t: very unique. the flavors sprint across the palate ferociously, i am not expert so i will not be able to accurately depict the experience but will do my best...juice,berries,honey,caramel,bourbon,flowers,a little heat then a rush of all of the aforementioned flavors combined
m: sticky, what you would expect for the abv and profile. right where i think this beer needs to be. any thicker and it would have a milkshake body without the heavy taste to match, any thinner and it would feel like a beer that has flavors beyond its depth.
o: incredibly enjoyable beer. if you are looking for a barrel aged strong ale that is dark and hits you in the face this is not it but if you are looking for something interesting, complex and unique this will check all three boxes and then some.

Aug 05, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours light brown, it is a light see though red around the edges and darker almost black in a full glass.
S: honey upfront, bourbon and berries. Good aroma but not over powering
T: Super sweet. Reminds me of a liquid grape tootsie pops sucker with the chocolate tootsie roll in the middle. This isn't great, over the top sweet and kind of a mess.
F: highly carbonated, tingly feel. Booze is hidden well.

Jul 29, 2017
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unclekeith from Alaska

3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml at room temp into a chalice

L: Very dark with a hint of amber, thin tan head,
A: Sweetness, berries, bourbon
T: Cloying, overpowering, heat from the alcohol
F: Full bodied
O: Overpowering, more like a dessert wine/port, a definite sipper

Jul 26, 2017
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An unexpected trip to Anaheim led to an unfortunate Red Sox loss but an absolutely epic trip to Bottle Logic! Tried on draft in a 4oz taster.

Look: A deep crimson-purple with a white head of foam laced with rust colored hues.
Smell: Sweet berries take this one over. Noticeable boozy notes definitely apparent as well.
Taste: Very, very sweet. Predominant berry sweetness that slowly transforms into subtle notes of honey. Clear booziness that has a an almost wine-like grapey bitterness that finishes it out, along with evident hints of oak.
Feel: medium bodied, pretty syrupy. No lace retention.

A great beer! Very unique flavor profile, but overall I found it to be a bit overwhelmingly sweet. Successful no doubt, but I found myself looking for something to tip the scales just a bit from that berry and honey sweetness.

Jul 24, 2017
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wethorseblanket from California

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rated per style. Poured from a 500ml bottle a dark crimson red in a dark crimson place with a thin rim-lined tannish head which leaves a couple of spots of lace. Aroma is honey sweetness and berry fruity, faint vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is sweet, sweet, sweet, with lingering sweetness. Yeah, marionberries, sure they are there. Full body and light carbonation for the style. Not very herbal, but plenty of boozy heat on the finish. Enjoyed.

Jul 14, 2017
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Lucnifter from California

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bottle Logic tasting room.
Pours a deep concord grape purple with a moderate, mostly tan head that has a tinge of purple.
Smells exactly as expected, with honey, bourbon, oak, berries, malt and some well hidden ethanol.
Very sweet, yes, but that's expected. Honey, bourbon, oak, and berries just like the nose.
Syrupy. Medium carbonation.
A very unique beer that may not be my favorite, but for what it is, it's excellently executed.

Jun 21, 2017
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ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown-purple, an odd color to say the least. Looks very still in the glass.

Smell: Berries, sweetness, light bourbon, maybe a little spicy oak,

Taste: Blackberry jam, that's what this is, liquid blackberry jam.

Feel: Slick and the right amount of viscosity.

Overall: Very good, much better than I was anticipating. The guy who rated it a 1.9 obviously has no idea what a braggot (or mead) is actually supposed to taste like.

Jun 20, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery. Very little head. Caramel ruby brown.

A lot going on here. Honey, berries, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Very sweet, but very warming. Fruity with a hint of tartness.

Smooth with a lower amount of carbonation. Very nice feel.

This was a very well done braggot. Lots of awesome flavors.

Jun 10, 2017
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Furlinator from California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap during the Week of Logic on 03/22/17.
Magenta color. Smells of berries, honey and booze. Thick, sweet and syrupy with berry accents. A hybrid of mead and beer.

Mar 23, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

1.91/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had this weird sucker on draft at Hunahpu's Day, and when I say sucker, it's really not far off...

Appearance is a metallic red-copper-purple with a fizzy tan-pink head that dies to nothing.

Smell and taste are fairly identical, coming off as melted popsicle or one of those weird purple, blue, pink candy canes that no one likes.

Needless to say, it's super sweet, a bit boozy, and so much of this beer is dominated by an almost cotton candy liqueur that trying to identify anything else is a chore.

Mar 19, 2017
Iridium Flare from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 71 ratings