Whiskey Barrel Aged | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jzeilinger on 06-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 31
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3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to chase2634 for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Shared this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from growler into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cinnamon, wood, sweet alcohol, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, sweet alcohol, caramel, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The whiskey barrel was definitely making itself known throughout this brew. This really added a nice level of complexity to the brew but other than that, there really wasn’t that much going on which was unfortunate. Glad I got the chance to tick this one and share it with others, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to try it again however.

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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle for $5.50. Bottled on 060512; Best By 020513 printed on the neck.
Served at room temperature into a tulip. Sampled 30JUL12

[A] Upon uncapping, the head slowly climbs up the bottle's neck but comes to a frothy stop a half inch above the rim. On the pour, the medium light brown head is foamy but not very compact. Retention is low yet a creamy foamy collar remains throughout. The body is an extremely dark ruby with glimpses of clarity along the edges and while looking through the center of the glass. Random ribbons of lace take hold. Nice look.

[S] Whiskey barrel dominates the nose. A bit of earthy spice (similar to rye and caraway) add complexity to the grain bill. Some cola-like sweetness...root beer even.

[T] Oaky vanilla, perhaps some faint toasted coconut. Warming alcohol from mid palate on, transforming to heat on the finish.

[M] Very fine and tingling with gently expansive effervescence. The body is light yet semi thick and creamy. Not spectacular but it works well with the flavor profile.

[O] I'd guess the ABV to be close to 7% even though the prominent barrel influence makes this beer seem like it's closer to 9%. (The ABV isn't indicated on the label.) This is a well crafted brew and I very much like the idea of barrel treatments for (relatively) low alcohol brews.

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3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never heard of this brew before but jyoungsbcp kindly sent one my way. I'm excited to give it a go:

Pours a beautiful black coffee brown with a minimal amount of light brown head that retains and laces nicely. Tons of beading comes with a swirl of the glass.

The nose is very strong - smooth peaty leather and caramel, toffee, molasses, more sweet than dark but not cavity inducing. Sort of comes across as a big Scotch Ale.

Not nearly as pungent on the tongue as I expected. I see where the 'brown ale' categorization came from. Watered down peaty coffee, hard water, some scotch characteristics, nothing too exciting really. I love the concept but the flavors could be more aggressive for sure.

I don't really get Weyerbacher. They produce so many barreled beers but each one seems, to me, a little empty in one way or another.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Liberty Taproom
10 oz into a tulip glass

A: Dark brown, virtually black sitting in the glass. Up to the light the mahogany undertones shine through. Small tan head forms but it's quickly receding.

S: Plenty of whiskey, wood, sweet malts, brown sugar and some vanilla. Really nice smelling, balanced without going overboard on the whiskey element.

T: Starts of with more of the sweet dark malts with almost a caramel and vanilla quality. Whiskey is next, really powerful and flavorful though not "alcoholic." Nothing burns or is too much, it's very well integrated with the rest of the beer.

M: Well carbonated, lower side of medium bodied which I think may be a bit too thin for the style. Then again, this makes the beer incredibly drinkable, especially for the higher ABV. A nice trade-off but still could use some improvement.

I'm impressed with this one. Generally the series hasn't done much for me but finally down to W and Whiskey delivers big. These guys seem to be stepping up their game lately with their barrel program. Nice work.

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3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a layer of fluffy off white head that leaves a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Malty up front with strong whiskey notes. Some caramel and vanilla along with a dark fruit note.

Taste: Definitely getting some whiskey right off the bat. It fades a bit throughout the sip. I'm getting caramel and vanilla notes with a slight booziness. The finish has a slightly strange bitterness to it that detracts from the rest of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but the weird bitterness took away from the rest of the flavor. The barrel notes could have been a bit more refined. I enjoyed it and would have more given the chance.

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3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent by bvdubn in a trade. Thanks!

A: Pours a blackish brown with a small tan head.

S: Sweet whiskey barrel tannins - vanilla, coconut, a little oak and brown sugar. Raisin, cinnamon, wheat bread from the malts.

T: Whiskey element is powerful but not overwhelming. Oaky bourbon, mild caramel and dryish maple, a bit nutty. Slight dark fruits and vanilla tannins come out a bit as it warms. Very well-hidden alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied, lively carbonation.

O: Smells really nice, but the taste is a bit too strong on the oak and whiskey.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with dark amber hues; it has a small dark beige head that recedes leaving spotty lacing all around the glass.

Aromas begin with boozy soaked toasted bready maltiness. As it warms you get some nutty notes with touches of sweet caramel.

The tastes follow the nose with a solid dose of nutty and caramel maltiness up front, followed by a quick flash of bourbon. Some light oak tannins come through with emerging vanilla notes and brown sugar sweetness. As it warms you get a slight chocolate presence but the finish is dominated by a bourbon-driven sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Finish is a bit sweet and bourbon forward.

Overall this is a nice offering from Weyerbacher that will thrill the bourbon forward barrel aged beer loving masses. For me a brown ale cannot hold it own to bourbon barrel aging as the spirit overtakes the flavor profile. Not bad by any means but not a beer I need to revisit anytime soon as I like my bourbon barreled beers more balanced.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola brown with some chalky haze, little to no head. Great barrel notes - vanilla, oak and booze, lightly nutty and chocolaty, faint hazelnut and coffee. Roasted nuts, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate backed by oak, vanilla and booze. Very dry and tannic on the palate, fuller side of medium bodied. Slightly one dimensional, but hard to give a beer with this nose and barrel taste too low a score.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another quality brew from weyerbacher. Pours a nice dark small head with a good whiskey barrel aroma. I really enjoyed this brew as I feel it meshed fairly well. I would purchase again if it were available. I feel Heresy is better but this is still a quality BA beer.

Bottom LIne: Decent BA brew!

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4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown in color with about a half finger of tan colored head following a medium-aggressive pour. When you hold this one up to the light, it reveals a ruby red beer with really good clarity. Not much in the way of retention and/or lacing with this beer.

Aroma: Chocolate Malt, Caramel, Bourbon, Oak, Vanilla Bean, & mild Coffee notes.

Taste: There’s some really nice chocolate and caramel flavors up front. The whiskey and bourbon aren’t far behind providing some hints of alcohol towards the middle. I’m getting cocoa and burnt sugar towards the back-end with some lingering bourbon after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (maybe just a bit thin for the style). Low level of carbonation with a nice alcohol presence.

Morey’s Bottom Line: I was really excited to get 4 bottles of this “brewery only” release from Weyerbacher. It’s the first Barrel Aged Brown Ale that I’ve had, and it helps to kick a sometimes boring style up several notches. Judging by the taste, I’d venture to guess that Weyerbacher uses the same barrels for this beer as they do for Insanity and Heresy. Good stuff.

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