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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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Dsimenson
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of yamar68
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jtmartino
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Deschutes Brewery snifter.

Minimal, microbubble head with a deep brown color and ruby fringes.

Smells of carmelized sugar, vanilla, dark fruits oak and apple. Aroma finishes with a whiskey and cola smell.

Taste starts with a thin sweet sweetness full of vanilla and oak. Finishes a little dry and almost tannic, with mild bitterness at the end. It's almost as if the malt backbone of the beer cannot support the strong flavors induced by the barrels.

Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy with a good amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall this is a good beer. The smell is good but the taste can't deliver. It is complex but a little thin. A nice sipper as it warms up, but would be much better with a stronger malt profile.

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Photo of thagr81us
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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Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a one-finger high beige head resting on top. Retains well, remaining a cloudy film throughout most of the pour, leaving spotty lacing all around the glass.

Boozy and warm in the nose with a bourbon-forward surge. Nutty, malty qualities lie underneath with touches of caramel and bread. A bit toasty and sweet as well.

Nutty and malty up front, followed by a quick flash of bourbon. Oaky tannins come through with some vanilla notes and caramel. Earthy and a bit sweet in the backbone along with a slight chocolate presence. Finishes with a mild warmth and bourbon-driven sweetness.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a bit thin on the tongue for my taste. The Makers Mark barrels did a nice job on this beer, although there could definitely be a bit more depth of flavor.

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Photo of oline73
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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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another opportunity courtesy of Mr. Masters. Thank you buddy.

Into my snazzy Tired Hands glass...also ala Alex...she pours a dirty brown with some rusty reddish highlights along the edges. Head is short lived, leaving a thin brown collar. Lacing is minimal.

Smells a bit of those generic caramel blocks that sometimes make themselves seen round the holidays. Mild splash of vanilla as well, but it's mainly a one trick pony on my proboscis. Some peripheral heat rises up as well....like that cop who saw your wife traveling way too fast on the Beltline and gave that virgin driving record a little bit of the who's your father. Zap!

Taste is slightly more complex than the nose. Caramel malts again loom large. Some brown sugar and cinnamon come follow after. The whiskey imparts a flash of heat of the finish that lingers along the back of the tongue. Tastes rather unsurprisingly like a middle of the road brown ale that has been doused with the whiskeys.

Seeing as this is a brown ale, the lack of structure and body is somewhat understandable. It's light and thin and the barrel aging likely only serves to further those qualities. The whiskey bite is sharp, but not altogether hot. Doesn't drink like a 9 percent beer..kind of surprised actually.

I cannot stress enough how appreciative I am of all the great beer that I have been fortunate enough to try through the generosity and kindness of many traders here on BA. While I wouldn't quite put this beer into the great category, I also understand I'd likely never have had the opportunity had it not been for Alex. With that poorly constructed sentence out of the way...thanks!

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3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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 rfgetz
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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3.83/5  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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Photo of Etan
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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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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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