Whiskey Barrel Amber | Indian Wells Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States
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Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by trappistlover on 07-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
32
Avg:
2.85
pDev:
29.12%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
20
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by SavvyStudent:
Photo of SavvyStudent
3.92/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a nice amber body and leaes lace throughout bottle. Slight head on initial pour.

S: Oak, cherry, banana

T: A nice whiskey flavor with some sweetness on the back-end. A little sweet for an amber and not as deep as some other bourbon barrel beers out there.

M: A nice crisp finish without any bad residue.

O: The only reason I tried this beer was it was the only bourbon ish one at the local store. However for 10 I am on the fence about getting it again despite the nice surprise with this purchase. Unique enough to give it a try once at least

Serving type: bottle

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More User Reviews:
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At money plays in Vegas. Dark Halloween orange with a ring of retention. Smells fruity like maraschino cherry juice with soft caramel. Tastes like the juice at the bottom of a cup fruit salad. Hardly any whiskey, just some honeyed sweetness. Meh.

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Photo of tbryan5
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Splifted
2.19/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

By far the worst barrel aged beer I have ever had. Took a couple of sips and then poured the rest of the 22 oz down the drain.

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Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of valkyre65
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikey_C_getitright
3.64/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ste5venla
2/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of samtrillo
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Scratching my head over how this one is %12. Very thin and watery feel. It's not the worst but it's surprising. The taste Is also lacking a lot of what I'd expect in a a barrel aged amber ale. Almost tastes like a half done pumpkin ale. Slightly sweet and bready. Looking for more whiskey or toffee and caramel flavored but can't really find em. This one is just ok.

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Photo of sn4r3m1k3
2/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.11/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours clear and ruby amber in color with a khaki head that quickly fizzes out like soda, leaving a mostly barren surface.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes of caramel, earthy nuttiness, light oak and vanilla.

Taste - Follows the nose to an extent. Moderate notes of caramel and nutty character that fade quickly. Faint oak and vanilla. Finishes with light astringency.

Mouthfeel - Thin with low carbonation. Very weak and watery.

Overall - Not good, but no off flavors in the least. Weak profile overall, with a thin, soda-water like texture that's not appealing. Paid $4 for it, and even at that price I'd likely pass on buying it again.

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Photo of jh1982
2/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.97/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red in color with little foam and no lacing. Smells of whiskey, molasses, and smoke. The taste is a fooler, its almost neutral of any bite or anything, almost mute, not sure how they did this but its a muted whiskey tone with almost nothing that resembles a beer. I have to rate this as not sure, its good but its not a beer, its almost a mix of unknown if that makes sense. The finish is missing just gone before it started.

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Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of MisterGone
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

So it looks like all is going well on the pour. Amber-red with a nice beige head. But the aroma suggests, well, not much. Really can't ID anything but some faint alcohol. Taste improves with some woody notes, maybe fig, but really caramel... As in candy, not malt. Finishes with some alcohol which I suppose is supposed to invoke the whiskey, but I'm not getting that.

Now, if I'm making the Mammoth or back-road Bakersfield run, I'd still pop in here for a growler. Likely a different tap offering though. This one was a little sweet for me.

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Photo of JasonMinck
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of trappistlover
2.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(wax-capped growler from Total Wine Tempe). Yep, I bought the bullet on this one. Pours a ruby color with tan head. No carbonation or lacing. Aroma has some decent bourbon notes along with a bit of fruit. Taste is sweet malt with some light bourbon and a hint of bitterness. Thin bodied with an alcohol bite, although fairly well hidden for a 12% amber. Has a weird aftertaste. This was better than I thought, but it became a chore to drink it as time passed. Not sure why they used an amber for the base beer?

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Photo of USMCretired
1.44/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Just a simple lager with some whiskey flavoring. Very thin and light mouthfeel, light smoked aroma from the charred whiskey barrels.

Why only wax the top 1/4 of the cap? what's the point of even waxing.

Dry, grassy, flavor and some cheap whiskey flavoring.

Do not buy again, overpriced at 11 bucks a bottle.

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Photo of faucd531
2/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of deford
1.35/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

It looks like a beer....thats about it. I can't believe they even bottled it. Completely horrible.

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Photo of gtermi
3.01/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Beer pours a nice amber body with a thick white head that quickly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: Some cheap whiskey, banana, a little bit of grain and some more cheap whiskey.

T: It has a weird cheap bourbon flavor that soon evolves to a sort of rain finish. The whiskey flavor is just way too powerful.

M: This beer is actually very smooth and has a nice body. It goes down with ease and it has a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue.

O: This beer is very average and doesnt make sense to me.. especially at 10 dollars a freaking bomber.

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Photo of bdpeters
1/5  rDev -64.9%

Easily one of the worst beers I've had. The only good point is that it had high alcohol. That being said, I'd have preferred a Steel Reserve.

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Photo of 1424IpA
1.39/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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Whiskey Barrel Amber from Indian Wells Brewing Company
2.85 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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