Whiskey Barrel Amber | Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Whiskey Barrel AmberWhiskey Barrel Amber

Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by trappistlover on 07-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +66.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +66.7%

Photo of JWMojave
4.53/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I have now had this beer 3 times and look forward to many more. It's listed as retired but I was at the brewery earlier today and can assure you it is alive and well. I love amber ales and I'm sure some of the negative reviews are from hop heads. I personally can't stand IPA's. This beer is very smooth has a nice caramel and whiskey flavor and is 12% or close to it. The buzz after a 22oz. confirmed that. At 9.99 for 22oz it is not in any way overpriced. Go to your local mkt. and compare other beers that in my opinion is overpriced. Indian Wells Brewery (not to be confused with the city near Palm Springs) rocks. It's right next to the jct of Hwy 14 and Hwy 395 in Kern County. You can actually get a glass of beer for $5 and keep the glass or buy a beer for a dollar and drink it out of a plastic cup. Your choice. This place rocks.

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Photo of dradair
4.25/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +49.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +47.4%

Photo of TastefulNudity
4.17/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this as a birthday present and actually excited to review it! Bottle states it as a lager but on here it's an ale...not sure what to review it as. Cellar temp in to snifter.

A: Doesn't count but the bottle label & wax job are awesome. Also a nice story on the label. Beautiful copper red with a one finger eggshell head that sticks around for a bit. Looks much thinner than 12% as stated on the bottle but this is an attractive beer.

S: Malt, caramel, dark fruit, big alcohol, a whiff of brown sugar and oak from the bourbon? Biggest nose on a "lager" I've encountered. This can't be 100% barrel aged, but I guess it doesn't claim to be. Get past the alcohol and it's a good smelling beer.

T: Alright there's no way this is 12%. But this isn't bad beer! Starts sweet and fruity on the front of the tongue and turns in to a swirl of caramel, malt, and a bit of vanilla and brown sugar. Slightly bitter but still wet finish. Would be good over vanilla ice cream.

M: Thin with a light carbonation. No stickiness and not overly drying.

O: Better than I expected from the reviews here. Don't agree with the 12% claim, seems more like half that, but this should at least be 80+. If I had to compare it to another brew it reminds me of Firestone's DBA.

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4.08/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +40.4%

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4/5  rDev +40.4%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.73/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pkalix
3.69/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

haha... love the reviews.... sound like something I would write...
bland pour, nothing much happening...
smell is sweet, malty; 12% I suppose that is to be expected. not a, like, super awesome brew, but so far not really terribly bad... don't understand all the bad reviews.... what's up with that?
sweet malty commercial-type (german-like) grain, surprised with the 12% abv.... too bad Mickey's or Colt 45 couldn't duplicate this....
not a super great brew, but then not bad. really, tastes like a commercial german brew,,, hofbrau? I can give it too bad a review... it's just, merely, like a hyper hofrau...

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3.64/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of Svingjo
3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Indian Wells Brewing - Whiskey Barrel Brew Barrel Aged Amber - pours a clear red with a thin beige head that soon rings around the glass. The nose presents a sweet malt up front. The wood and whiskey is prevalent mid way when you draw a breath in. If there is any hops it's barely noticeable. The taste is much the same with a hoppy bitterness and a slight alcohol burn which you'd expect at 12.0% ABV. But even with that it finishes very quick. The mouthfeel is slightly on the watery side.

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3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

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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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