Whiskey Hill (Four Roses Bourbon Barrels) | 51st Ward Beer Company

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Whiskey Hill (Four Roses Bourbon Barrels)Whiskey Hill (Four Roses Bourbon Barrels)

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51st Ward Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brandoman63 on 09-24-2015

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
Photo of mfnmbvp
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, no bottled on date or vintage date. My second beer from 51st Ward Beer Company, acquired a bottle from the local bottle shop. "Whiskey Hill" Brand Rye Porter - Aged in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels - - Bottle Conditioned - per the label.

Poured into a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale mini snifter.

A - As others have noted, the beer pours flat with no conjuration of any head whatsoever, merely the occasional bubble. The body is a few shades away from opaque with some cola brown showing near the edges. Looks like a weak attempt at a stout. Doesn't look bad per se, but points taken off for lack of a head and carbonation.

S - Aroma is alright, but fairly weak and doesn't stick around long. Mild notes of chocolate, char, alcohol fumes, maybe some dark cherry juice? Only very mild 'barrel' presence in the form of wood, and a vague hint of whiskey. Not foul or offensive, but definitely not what was intended I'm sure.

T - Again, weak carbonation. Notes of chocolate, roast, burnt, char, vanilla, cola. Hot & boozy. Fusel heat. No real barrel or whiskey character, just dark baking chocolate and char.

M - The mouthfeel is the worst part of the beer, and gives it it's worst points. A virtual lack of carbonation kills this beer. Aside from that, the body is smooth & creamy. Easy-drinking with a bit of booze heat on the finish. Dark chocolate & char.

Overall, better luck next time 51st Ward, I will be hesitant to try future barrel-aged offerings in the future from these guys.

51st Ward Beer Company Whiskey Hill Brand Rye Porter -----3/5.

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Photo of darktronica
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Extremely low carbonation, producing a flat, nearly-black pour with the faintest rim of foam around the edge of the glass. This also hinders the aromas wafted to your nose, which end up being an odd (but pleasant) mix of dark chocolate, saltwater taffy, meringue, and sugar wafers; underneath this is a bit of woody oak from the barrel, but there's more in the way of cardboard. Discouraging.

Undaunted, I pressed on and opened my mouth, which was something of a mistake. On the tongue, I got a mess of a watered-down chocolate martini, with olive notes and the infuriating regret you get when asking for a bourbon with a splash of water which is delivered as a water with a splash of bourbon. Intentionally under-carbonated beers rely on abnormally-high ABV to prop up the mouthfeel, but this is simply a diluted mess. The feel is comparable to what would happen if you put half a shot of whiskey in a glass of 2% chocolate milk; it's a tragic misuse of every element involved in its construction.

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Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Carbonation is abnormally low. This is starting to be a trend on 51st Ward BA bottles. Flavors are nice, not too much barrel, but the feel is killing it for me.

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Whiskey Hill (Four Roses Bourbon Barrels) from 51st Ward Beer Company
3.35 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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