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Bourbon Barrel Aged Full BoarBourbon Barrel Aged Full Boar

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Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by KevSal on 03-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 17
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-ruby with a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark roasted malts, smoked malts, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramelized sugars, a hint of sourness, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark roasted malts with some caramel malts, vanilla, and some lightly sour dark fruit. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon come through with some smoke, and a bit of caramelized sugars. The finish is a mix of oak, vanilla, Bourbon, smoked malts, some sour dark fruits, and some booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, smokey, lightly sour, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Might be infected, but the beer still really works. Nice overall balance.

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Photo of SHODriver
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: pours a deep brown into a snifter with a small light tan head that fades nearly instantly to a collar around the glass
S: smells of toasted malt, brown sugar and a bit of alcohol with just a bit of bourbon and oak in the
T: tartness up front which is shocking and it maintains throughout the taste pretty well. aftertaste is more sourness
M: medium with moderate carbonation, dry finish
O: definitely not what I expected or wanted and flat out disappointing. a waste of a ten dollar bottle as I debate if I should send it down the sink or drink it.

EDIT: got an e-mail back from the brewery and they put Lacto in the barrels. So it was meant to be sour. I'm not going to play with the numbers though since it's a vast departure from the style

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Photo of nataku00
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, cola like color with a finger of soapy off white head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing as the head recedes to a thin collar of bubbles. A few bubbles here and there when they float up at the edge, but too opaque to see more carbonation in the center of the glass.

Nose is nose is cherry, plum, caramel, leather, and toasted malt. Smells like a cherry cola and tart, possibly infected.

Definitely infected. Sour lactic acid dominated, though somewhat drinkable. Fruit vinegar like flavor.

Medium body and light carbonation. Infected, unfortunately.

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Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers that I go back and forth on, as I drink. It's certainly interesting, anyway. It pours a dark ruby-mahogany shade of brown with a small beige cap. It seems murkier than the normal version. The aroma has smoke, caramel malt, berry-ish acidity and some sweet toffee character. Oddly, there's essentially no whiskey aroma. There's some mild oak, but I'm left confused as to what happened to the bourbon. The taste is sweet with a twang of tartness mixed with a hit of smoke. It almost has a gamey meat flavor to it, though there's still plenty of caramel sweetness. Still no bourbon. The sourness doesn't really taste like an infection but is actually rather pleasant, like mixing under-ripe berries into some sort of barbecue candy. The mouthfeel is full and soft with a smokey sweet finish. Very little booze. I find it hard to believe that this beer turned out as was intended by the brewers, but it's still a nice beer to drink. Just don't go in expecting AleSmith BA Wee Heavy or something.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottle 514/2500.

A: I had a really difficult time getting through the slick black wax that sealed the beer so prettily. When I finally cut it away, it feels and acts more like some sort of plastic than real wax. At any rate...The beer pours thin and dark brown, with very light head, but some swirling tracing on top. Reddish in the light and barely translucent.

S: A whiff of smoke amidst the flattish malts. More than a whiff actually, it's almost meaty. A little bit of fruit.

T: Interesting! Thin and surprisingly tart, with the apples and grapes I noticed in the normal beer. If anything, it's ever more tart. I don't think the barrel aging has improved this beer; the oak is noticeable, if at all, only on the thin, neutral aftertaste. A bit of fire lurks in the middle, but only in larger swallows. The beer does not improve with warmth; drink cold.

M: The unexpected sourness (bourbon and bright fruit don't go together so well) and disappointing thinness are rather offputting.

O: I really wanted to like this beer -- especially after what I paid for it -- but I just don't think it's worth it. Slightly above average, perhaps, but the regular Full Boar is a much better beer. If you want a great bourbon barrel aged beer, look elsewhere.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz waxed bomber. Bottle No. 271/2500. Served in a snifter.

I'm reviewing this beer side by side with the regular edition.

Pours a dark translucent brown with a bit of haze. A thin head quickly dissipates leaving a thin ring. Much like the regular edition but not as clear and without the red highlights. A swath or two of lacing.

Aroma of smokey malt and a tinge of sour fruit much like the base beer, but slightly subdued. A small barrel presence. Dry and dusty oak and a bit of vanilla. A hint of alcohol.

Flavor has a similar sweet/tart quality as the base beer. Smokey malt, tart fruit. Barrel notes come in on the end of the flavor where things get rounded out, but not to a large degree. I get the vanilla and caramel notes from the charred oak (as the label claims), but they are subtle. Aftertaste is more char than the peat that is in the regular version. Alcohol mostly buried.

Body is slightly fuller than the medium base beer, and carbonation is about the same although has a slightly softer, bottle conditioned feel.

Drinking this beer by itself would make it tough to figure out the effects of the barrel aging, but comparing it to the original you can pick out the differences. I like this version a bit better.

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Photo of KevSal
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

finally tracked this one down, have to be up early tomorrow cor work, but screw it lets have a mid week treat.

much more limited than i thought, only 2500 bottles made. this one is number 598. aged nine months in barrels, i love the base beer (on tap more so) so i have some high hopes for this one.

waxed 22 bomber into a tulip

a- looks real nice, this one is a murky dark reddish brown. pretty big head, about 2 fingers with a medium pour. a lot more than i was expecting from a nine month aged bourbon barreled beer.

s- hmm well it smells actually pretty good for a scotch ale, but wheres the bourbon?? lots of malt and brown sugar. no mistaking this for a scotch ale, but misses the mark with the bourbon.

t- this guy is tasty. but much like the nose this guy taste like a real good non ba scotch ale. its got all the makings for a killer scotch ale. lots of sweet malts, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla in the back (i guess this is the barrel here?)

m- its a thick body, lots of carbonation.

o- this is one tasty scotch ale, i really enjoyed it. that being said i cant justify giving this beer high marks overall considering the price tag and the little to no barrel character on this one. i cannot taste the nine months of barrel or the whopping 2% booze the base apparently picked up, which is very odd. this is nowhere near backwoods bastard or ba big sound, but still tasty in its own right.

this is what regular full boar should be tasting like out of the bottle.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Full Boar from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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