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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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of claspada
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 Grintbrad
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cfrances33
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Knapp85
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%

Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ShanePB
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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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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Whiskey Barrel Aged from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 90 ratings