Whiskey Barrel Amber | Indian Wells Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States
mojavered.com

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
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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1/5  rDev -64.9%

Photo of trippytbta
1/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured bottle into snifter

A: pours amber brown, medium light tan head

S: smells light sweet and dried fruity, kind of like raisin

T: taste very messed up, confusing nasty beer. Worst beer I have had in the last few years. Whoever rated this beer above a 20, is out of their mind. Taste like this, "you are pan handling outside a 7-11 for an hour or 2 and you finally mustered up enough cash for a camo...."

M: not worth my words

Overall: they seal the bottle with wax, it's a great beer to play a joke with someone acting like it is a good brew. But it is horrible, that's the joke. Anyways, later

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Photo of Brevbin
1.31/5  rDev -54%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Poured nicely into a snifter with very little head. Smells like a cheap Barleywine. Tastes like a watered down barleywine that has a hint of Alberstons brand whiskey mixed in. I'm honestly not going to be able to finish this.

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

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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1.62/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My buddies and I drove up to Mammoth for Memorial Day, and we stopped by Indian Wells without douching out/reading ratings to just pick up some random beers on the way.

I would categorize the Whiskey Barrel Amber as a legitimately evil liquid. It wasn't bad as much as offensive.

A: Thin, amber, nothing bad, nothing great. Surprisingly flat, but it was barrel aged.

S: WHOA! This is when we knew something was wrong. Play Doh, weird, melted candy (kind of like a raspberry/wheat) whiff. Smells medicinal. No trace of whiskey or a barrel presence.

T: I truly am not trying to be rude, but this was a holy shit moment... Holy shit, this tastes artificial and I get no sense of what this base beer was... all raspberry, wheat, and again, no sense of any whiskey or barrel hitting this. Confusing. Moments of intense wheat and raspberry. I will say, for a 12.5% beer, that was hidden alarmingly well... but then again, you don't taste the codeine in cough syrup.

M: If I plugged my nose, I would've been fooled into thinking I was drinking a pretty thin, low carbonated barleywine. The problem was, my nose wasn't plugged and I tasted this... Let's call the mouthfeel average.

O: Most of their beer was pretty offensively bad or bland. This tasted eerily similar to their Lobotomy Bock, which is not barrel aged and is not an Ale.

Truly, one of the worst beers I've ever been around. Gross. Evil. Four different people couldn't take more than two/three sips.

Very useful at putting out the campfire.

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Photo of Willi_BW
1.75/5  rDev -38.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of twiggamortis420
1.76/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a lightly hazed copper color with a modest crown of off-white head. Nice sheen and lacing.

Nose is maple and wood with a toasty, caramel maltiness. An interesting, albeit mild, mix of malty aromas.

Taste is a bit plasticy, which I have noticed in some of Indian Wells' other brews. Yuck...12% amber? not cool. The initial flavor does not really give off a whiskey flavor but the back end is overly tannic and...well...nasty comes to mind. Never again...foul, vile liquid. Glad I split this with someone (and didn’t pay the ridiculous fee of $10), otherwise at least half would have been feeding my disposal.

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Photo of avwrite
1.9/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - At first looks okay. Nice brown color.

S - Sweet smell, which is surprising for a bear of such high ABV.

T - Okay, but not pleasant after the first sip. Strange mix of ultra bitter and sweetness. A confusing taste.

M - The worst. After a few sips, quickly loses any enjoyability.

O - Would not recommend.

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2/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of sn4r3m1k3
2/5  rDev -29.8%

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2/5  rDev -29.8%

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2/5  rDev -29.8%

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2/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of CrazyDan
2/5  rDev -29.8%

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2/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of kinglouix
2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like a dark apple juice, i.e., the color of apple cider. Has no odor whatsoever which was a sign of things to come. The taste rating is only because it wasn't offensive. You don't flinch or desire to spit it out , you simply ask yourself how is it possible that a beer aged in whiskey barrels has no taste at all. The feel is watery which corresponds to its zero body. No clue how this got bottled after being produced it is absolutely tasteless. Had a lit a ten dollar bill on fire I would have gotten more return than on the purchase of this subpar product. I can't imagine something like this being released.

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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 mactrail
2.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I didn't realize this was an Indian Wells brew until I got home to read the fine print. So I thought what the heck. First off, it's maybe 7 or 8 percent. It's nowhere near 12. Just drink a couple gulps of an actual strong beer for comparison. Indian Wells is the only brewery I've ever experienced that has a thing about claiming their beers are higher in alcohol than they really are. Check the Lobotomy Bock for another of their beers claiming a much higher ABV. In fact I wonder if this is just the Lobotomy with a little flavoring.

This just doesn't taste like it's been near any barrels. It tastes like a poor doppelbock, or a maibock with some caramel flavoring. Some sweetness lingers throughout, with a medicinal bitterness to spoil even that. Flat mouthfeel, though to be fair the auburn color is attractive and the cap of foam sits tight.

This beer is a fraud, and at eleven bucks it's robbery as well. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Boulevard Liquors in San Diego, which seems to be one of last place selling Indian Wells beers since even Whole Foods stopped.

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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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2.2/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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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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