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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
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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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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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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