Whiskey Barrel Aged | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Whiskey Barrel AgedWhiskey Barrel Aged

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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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 90
Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives a very dark, almost chestnut brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving just a ring 'round. No lace at all.

I let this sit about 30 minutes before continuing after a wee sample of it earlier. Review continues from that point.

Smell is rich, roasted malt, raisins and other dark fruity bits and, of course, whiskey.
Taste is all that but a bit more so, like it was turned up from 10 to 11. Great balance.
Full bodied, very smooth (like velvet), rich and warming with just a light effervescence. This is seriously good beer. Let it warm then sip it and enjoy.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Single purchased at the brewery.

Dark brown body, topped by loudly fizzing rapidly decaying four finger medium tan head.

Smells like whiskey. Big vanilla notes. Some chocolate buried way down.

Chocolate kiss at the front of the tongue. Bourbon/vanilla quickly engulfs. Alcohol buzz at the swallow. Warm in the belly.

Mouthfeel is a little weak, could use more to chew on.

Not something I'd have regularly, but a tasty one timer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/13/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC; menu said it was from 2012 and I had never heard of it. 12 oz. pour in a snifter.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet bourbon, oak, toasted malts, roasted malts, chocolate, and some caramel malts. Bourbon is up front but doesn't dominate, and allows a lot of chocolate and caramel to come through. Light vanilla on the end too.

t - Tastes of sweet bourbon, roasted malts, cream, vanilla, chocolate, oak, caramel malts, toasted malts, and dark fruits. Bourbon up front again but more cream and vanilla here than the nose had. Not hot at all.

m - Medium to full body, and moderate carbonation. No heat at all and very creamy; great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot; honestly, this is probably the best Weyerbacher beer I've had so far. Looks like last year it may have been hot but it is drinking great right now. A decent amount of bourbon up front but it is not hot and doesn't overpower it, and it has a lot of other falvors coming out. Smooth body, would love to have this one again.

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Photo of danedelman
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This I would not consider a brown ale, more of a strong ale.

A-deep brown with some red hues when held up to light. nice 1 finger head.

S-lots of dried fruits, bourbon, oak and vanilla come through on the nose. Almost has a Belgian Dubbel'ness to it without the yeast.

T-very similiear to the nose and very smooth. A hint of booziness which reminds me that this is indeed a Weyerbacher brew. More bourbon than the nose. Very good brew.

M-Medium thin body which is a bit weak for this style but good nonetheless.

O-bought a case and a half to have. Will likely age for about a year as it will take me about that to go through them.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Varga Bar on 8/3/12, served in a snifter.

Pour: Dark brown, but not black. Mostly clear. Finger and a half of khaki head.

Smell: Whiskey, roastiness, some vanilla. Brown sugar sweetness is definitely there.

Taste: Not as whiskey forward as I was expecting, and I like that. Vanilla notes bring out great brown sugar sweetness from the base beer. A little woody.

Mouthfeel: Heavier, but a nice lack of alcohol heat. A sipper for sure though.

Overall: Finally gave this a shit and I wasn't disappointed. I am being consistently impressed by what Weyerbacher offers lately.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Liberty tap room
Reviewed from notes.
when served to me, it had a nice black color body with a small tan head that layed down quickly to a thin lace. The aroma of whiskey come through automaticly, with some vanilla notes and malt coming through also. The taste first is sweet malt and some vanilla, then comes the whiskey not strong and unbearable, just very nice and balanced. The mouth feel is great, nice carbonated and overall a really enjoyable beer. I let it sit a couuple of minutes to warm up and just sip it.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16.

A: Dark brown, almost magenta body with a sticky tan head. Solid.

S: Candied nuts and oaky whiskey. Vanilla, bourbon, and toffee. Nice.

T: Luscious bourbon, dark fruits, sweet toffee, and a clean finish. Great stuff.

M: Frothy, creamy, and a bit overcarbonated medium body. Ok, but no better than average.

O: Delicious beer - as the name implies, the barrel really is the main attraction. I wish I'd had more while it was available.


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Photo of ixodus
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to danedelman for providing this one!

A: Pours a deep brown with lighter hues presenting a finger thick cream colored head that slowly retracts into a slight haze of foam over the surface.

S: Oak phenols, vanilla, wood tannins, plums, figs, cocoa, and whiskey. Very balanced and pleasantly aromatic.

T: Smooth whiskey at the front of the palate followed up with sweet plums, figs, raisins, and dried out with a nice oak vanilla finish. Alcohol heat is present at the back of the palate but it's quite subtle. While whiskey didn't shine in the aroma it came through beautifully in the taste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's a very smooth beer and drinks very well but I think it could of benefited from a little more body.

O: Overall I'm quite glad I had my bud pick some up from me. It's a fantastic beer and I'd definitely recommend it. I don't think this one will benefit from aging as it's great as is.

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Photo of themind
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of Morey
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of ShanePB
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of B33R501
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler pour from a pitcher contributes to a low carbonation level I'm sure and the appearance suffers a bit.

Dark brown almost purple color, pretty beer. Big whiskey aroma and taste. Notes of vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, and rum. Soy sauce. Did I mention whisky? Drinkable, but this is a huge whiskey beer and the booze factor is high.

Overall, damn good. And the barrel aging is spot on.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color, it's got a quick fading tan fizzy head on top that just leaving some scattered film on top of the beer. The smell of this beer is big on the whiskey notes, I was really surprised by how much it had coming off of it. There are also some lighter notes of nuts and coffee in there too. The taste of the beer gets better as it warms up, The whiskey notes don't come out to their fullest until this is more at a cellar temp. The beer is sweet and malty, very malty which is good I think. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little creamy and smooth and had a very minimal carbonation to it. Overall I was very impressed with this release and I am glad i grabbed a few of these before they're gone for good.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

212 oz bottle, served in my Bruery tulip.

Weyerbacher Whiskey Barrel Aged pours a little bit short of black, with a few noticeable ruby red highlights becoming apparent with backlighting. There's close to three fingers of tan foam that rise up and pile on top of the beer. Head retention is good, and some rings of lacing are left behind, but neither is really outstanding. The nose has caramel and nutty aromas from the base beer, and some vanilla and whiskey notes from the barrel aging. Ideally, I'd like there to be a little less spirit, and a little bit of a darker malt character, but this is still definitely nice. While the nose had lots of caramel, and just a little bit of nuttiness to it, the balance between the two is much more even in the flavor profile. The back end has plenty of vanilla and, again, just a hair too much straight whiskey in the finish. The body is impressively not heavy for the style, making the beer more drinkable than it probably has any right to be. The carbonation is matched with this nicely, remaining on the mild side and not threatening to overwhelm the mouthfeel. Whiskey Barrel Aged was a bit of an afterthought at Weyerbacher's Sour Black release, but I definitely wish I has grabbed more than a couple bottles. I think this one'll smooth out a little more into something really nice.

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Photo of beerbully
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into Weyerbacher cuvee

I have been sitting on this for a while.......over a year

A-murky dark brown color, minimal khaki head no retention......moderate lacing that quickly slides down the glass (3.75)

S-sweet bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses (4.2)

T- follows the nose.............Sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, cream, oak, mild alcohol burn on the back of the throat........ (4.2)

M-Little to no carbonation, a bit thin for the style........lingering sweetness (3.75)

O-Nice BA beer pleasant aroma good flavor........

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Weyerbacher tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark garnet color (when held to the light), off white colored head that's very "spritzy" and eventually dies down to a thin layer and lacing ring and light carbonation.

S - Aroma is light to moderate and not in your face. Roasted malt (like a very, very light milk chocolate), figs, plums, vanilla, oak, and whiskey.

T - The whiskey aroma is there but not overpowering like some of the barrel aged beers, however, it is more present on the palette. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, and the dark fruit blend nice and even across the sip with the whiskey and oak tannin up front and the rest falling in behind.

M - Body is light medium and velvety smooth as it glides over the tongue and down the hatch. There is a noticeable burn in the back of the throat and the mouth is left with a coating of oak, dark fruit, vanilla, and some light sweetness.

O - Another great beer from Weyerbacher and I really appreciate how they like to brew the bigger beers and push the boundaries sometimes. The biggest issue (for me) is the texture, it's too thin for such a big beer. The carbonation fizzles out after about 30 minutes in the glass but that's no big deal. This beer is definitely worth checking out if you're a Weyerbacher fan. Overall, I'm looking forward to working through this case!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep dark brown color with a faint ruby highlight and a smallish tan head that quickly recedes to a cap on top. Smells of sweet malt and dark sugars with a hint of fruit and a bit of roast and a hint of ash. There's a subtle vanilla oaky aroma that reminds you this is in fact barrel aged. The flavor is sweet and sugary with a bit of cherry and orange fruitiness. There's a bit of dark sugars as well as the barrel notes coming through. A touch of alcohol and a hint of vanilla finish us off nicely. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick fruity mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer that really grew on me through the glass. I liked it and would partake of it again if given the opportunity, but I wouldn't search high and low for this.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby brown, with a slight white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Big whiskey notes. Chocolate and caramel sweetness. Hints of vanilla and possibly some oak as well.

T: Again, very strong whiskey up front. It's actually quite nice. Some chocolate and caramel notes. Not much oak coming through. The alcohol is well hidden, but I wish the base beer offered a bit more.

M: Carbonation is decent, but the body is noticeably thin. Again, this seems to be from the thinness of the base beer. The barrel aging seems to have rounded things out very nicely.

O: A very nice whiskey barrel aged beer. A more robust base beer would have been well served, but overall quite enjoyable. Excellent value as well.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mucho thanks to danedelman, who answered my sad whimpers for this beer with a kind offer & a better box. 12 oz. bottle poured to replace a Frangelic, which my wife is polishing off for me.

Pour isn't brown, it's black, or maybe I should turn up the lights. Nose is light malts & warm whiskey. Nice, but faint.

Whiskey Barrel Aged warms the belly & soothes the soul. Nice whiskey notes up front slips into a much stronger vanilla presence that lights up the palate. Rich, bitter chocolate flairs up behind; lovely. Light malts & hints of oak right at the apex. Really opens up as it warms.

Very good beer. I can see this alongside the Central Waters beers as a brew that's always in the fridge to sip when I need a good chunk of barrel.

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Photo of Etan
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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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3.83/5  rDev -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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Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a generous trader. Thanks man! Pours a murky dark brown with small yellowish khaki head. Aroma is nutty toffee, biscuit, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, molasses. Very nice. Flavor is big nuttiness up front--pecans and hazelnuts--with a whiskey background, toffee, and a lingering pecan whiskey and dark fruit (almost a lingering Belgian dubbel flavor). Body is thin for a barrel aged brew but manages the barrel well. More than adequate carbonation, and a sipping beer for a nice Friday night. Not bad.

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Photo of birchstick
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouts black with a tiny, white head on it. Nose is beautiful - sweet milk chocolates, bourbony molasses, and hints of vanilla. The taste isn't as rich in flavor as the nose suggests. Opens up with sugary malts that fade to a full, carbonated vanilla flavor. These move on to a little bit of boozy bourbon and some more chocolate malt. Not über flavorful. The mouth is watery And a little thin. Overall, this is decent but nothing too mind shattering or different. Recommended if you like brown ales and a splash of bourbon.

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