Weekapaug Gruit (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by popery on 03-25-2009

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 2
Reviews by lechroy:
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4.21/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow was this a great journey. As a hop-head I had set my expectations low and this blew them out of the water. Wow-whee what a storm of flavors that really played together wonderfully on the palette. Loved the touch of oak, the cardamon, the warm spices. Loved the rich dark color, but the smell was nothing more than average - it almost steered me away since the lavender was lingering. Say hi to grandma. Smooth, great drinking experience. A MUST TRY from Magnolia. Hopless can be beautiful!

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4.27/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brownish liquid with nearly purple highlights. There is little to no head and very mild lacing. It certainly looks like an ancient concoction.

S: Lavender, heather, cardamom, rosemary and bourbon. This is a very interesting drink from the get go. I'm probably reading more into it than they actually added, but it smells like a medieval spice cabinet plus you get some very well-balanced bourbon notes. The bourbon could have overpowered all of the other flavors, but instead it blends in nicely and gives the beer a smoky tone.

T: Similar to smell. It's very interesting, a savory beer. There's little sweetness. It has the flavor of a smoldering bunch of lavender mixed with spices and light malt. The malt definitely takes a backseat, but it's still there in a supporting role. It definitely has an old world feel. The bourbon notes are balanced and subtle for a bourbon barrel aged beer, which is a welcome change in my experience.

M: Excellent until the end, which is a tad watery. It misses out on that hop bite in the finish. The flavors are mostly upfront, so it's not a big deal.

D: Much more drinkable than you might expect. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this unusual beer. The bourbon barrel aging creates an additional level of complexity without overpowering the medley of spices and malt.

To be honest, this is my first gruit. So, I don't have any real point of comparison within the style. However, it has some excellent flavors, including one of the better, most complementary bourbon notes in a bourbon barrel aged beer.

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Weekapaug Gruit (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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