Amazing Grace | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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Amazing GraceAmazing Grace

Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
There are some things in this world that just can't be replicated and the 2010 version of "Amazing Grace" was an exciting, stunning success having aged our Ten Penny Ale Reserve for over 6 months in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels. It even won the Bevstar Silver Award by "Beverage World" magazine! However, "Amazing Grace" is destined to be reserved as our ever-changing, but always "amazing" specialty brew with it's essence and bold flavor issuing from the particular type of barrel it's aged in. This year, "Amazing Grace" will be bathed in French Cognac barrels that were most recently filled with Crown Royal! You be the judge, but alas, you'll have to wait til January 2012, but what a way to start the New Year!

Added by Bitterbill on 12-21-2010

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of chrispoint
1/5  rDev -72.4%

Photo of inkdemention
1.48/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It was an extra from Homebrew in a trade

This beer wasnt enjoyable on any level IMO

A: it looked light in color. Slight barrel appearance.

S: sweet

T: that time you were ditching school and someone broke into your friends parents liquor cabinet and pulled out the Hennessy . Yea. Almost that bad. The faint cheap cognac notes hide what a wee should be for me.

M: medium body to thin with lighter carbonation. Eh.

O: I pour this stuff down the drain. My dog didnt even want any. Avoid at all cost.

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Photo of woosterbill
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at a tasting. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear reddish-amber body with a thing, transient off-white head. Pretty good.

S: Sour and rancid. Obviously infected and absolutely terrible.

T: Sour, rancid, and sweet. Not as bad as the stench, but disturbingly close.

M: Light-bodied and full of fine effervescence. It's a fun mouthfeel, but in a barrel-aged Wee Heavy this thinness and bubbliness just screams infection.

D: No. Just no.

Notes: Beware this beer. I was really looking forward to a big, boozy, malty treat, and instead got a thin, hideous mess of infection. What a loss.

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Photo of Homebrew35
1.52/5  rDev -58%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pouts a murky dark copper color. No head and no lacing.

Smells of Carmel, toffee, subtle whiskey vanilla and oak. Mixed with hard apple cider, vinegar and funk.

Tasted like a a mixed drink of whiskey, apple vinegar, and apple juice. All I can do is imagine how this tasted before the infection took over.

Mouthfeel is medium thin. A hint of carbonation. A firm acidic burn lingers for the finish.

Overall this is a big let down even if others had mentioned this may be off. I'm still sharing my opinion and experience.
$10 a flip top pint.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of Gtg642
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Roguer
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big, frothy beige head; very nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is strongly fruity: grapes and prunes, alongside bread; boozy and sweet. The sharp booziness just barely keeps this aroma from being outstanding.

Flavor follows, with a noticeably sour edge of dark fruits. Odd overripe fruit sweetness on the back end; there's just something off, almost (but not quite) like molasses. Is it rum? Rum or whiskey. Woody.

Fizzy mouthfeel; otherwise smooth.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LtCracker20
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy mahagony with a 1-finger off white head that quickly falls to a thin cap. Lace is ok.

S- Sweet toffee malts, little caramel, and lots of booze. A little vanilla and woodiness from the barrels, but more of the whiskey aroma than anything. Still pretty nice though.

T- Again, sweet and earthy malt flavors first, and vanilla and oak, but the whiskey flavor really stands out here. The taste is more balanced and melds better than the aroma.

MF/D- Medium to full bodied with little carbonation. The flavors, especially the barrel (Vanilla, woody, and whiskey) flavors, linger quite a while. I don't think having more than one of these would be an option, with all the strong flavors here. Drinkable in the sense that this one is very good. But just this one.

Not a bad beer at all. Flavorfull and aromatic full of vanilla and oak, along with whiskey and sweet malts. Hope they make more of it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt .9oz blue swing-top bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle is very aesthetically pleasing. Nice touch with the swing-top.

A: Clear auburn. Thin white head dissipates very quickly and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Herbal European hops dominate the smell at first. Odd. Sweet caramel and some breadiness eventually take control. The barrel scents are mellow and tame. Whiskey, vanilla, and a bit of wood. There's an even, gritty, earthy yeast smell that tempers everything and holds it all together.

T: Sweet caramel and bready notes open. Bourbon and barrel tastes are subtle, but there with tastes of vanilla and oak. Gritty yeast provides a solid foundation. An herbal, tea-like hop bitterness provides balance, but does not influence the taste as much as the nose suggested it would. This is a good thing. A sweet beer throughout, as expected. Finishes with bourbon and some gritty, earthy yeast flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Residual sugars lend a chewy/syrupy aspect to the mouthfeel. Creamy and very smooth. Pleasing.

O: Good. Drinks very easily, especially for its strength.

Notes: I normally prefer a bigger bourbon/barrel kick to beers like this, but I'm actually digging the subtlety here. The barrel flavors take on a nice supporting role, rather than being the main attraction. This is barrel aging done right. The only minor complaint that I have is that the hops take over the aromatics a bit too much for the style.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz swing top bottle. Pours a dark chesnutty brown with a thin layer of head. Some lacing. Aroma is boozey and earthy with some malts, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is kind of like boozey caramel popcorn. Some earthiness and roasted malts as well. Some dark fruits flavor. Somewhat of a light mouthfeel considering. I wouldn't have guessed the abv was 10%. Not much in the way of alcohol burn. Virtually no carbonation. Overall, it was pricey but good. Probably not worth the hefty price tag.

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Photo of Homebrew
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of letsgowhalers
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was so looking forward to this beer. Especially on National Beer Day! The beautiful swing top bottle opened without much pop. Odd. Poured into a snifter. Almost no head save for around the edge. Smells vaguely whiskeyish but something's certainly wrong. A sour, citric sip confirmed my suspicion of a bad bottle. A REALLY bad bottle. I understand that infections do happen, but usually to homebrew and not an established brewery. And not to an $11 bottle at that. Bummer of the highest order. After reading the earlier review of a bad bottle at least made me feel like I'm not alone. At least I can fill the empty bottle with homebrew.

Edit: After emailing the brewery with my concerns over my bad bottle I got a reply from Rich who offered to hand-deliver me a new bottle at home. Glad I took him up on the offer. This is a tasty beer.

A:Poured a deep reddish brown with a quickly dissipating head

S:Strong vanilla with some dark caramel and a touch of bourbon

T:If there was ever a beer that tastes almost exactly like it smells this is it. Does have just a slight dark chocolate bitterness.

M:Definitely mouth coating especially with such low carbonation. Really lets the flavor linger. Works well here.

D:Nice sipping bedtime beer.

Nice beer overall. My ratings now reflect this bottle, not the first which was horrific. Certainly worth seeking this one out if you're looking for a unique treat.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint and 7oz mini cobalt blue swing top bottle into a Snifter Glass. Huge pop when i opened it! and lots of smoke. This stuff is fresh!

Picked up at my bigger local store the week of the release.

A- Pours a slightly hazy dark caramel brown with pretty much no head after an aggressive pour. Just some medium sized bubbles around the glass and leaves some really nice feet as well as it slides down the glass.

S- Really nice nutty and toffee notes like the original with a strong blend of oak and vanilla in the background from the barrels. If you dig real deep you get a strong whiskey and alcohol smell that's pretty inviting and not overpowering at all. Really well blended to say the least.

T- Really smooth and creamy malts with a ton of toffee and caramel sweetness. After it goes down the faint vanilla and strong oak characters come forward bringing a whole different view on this beer. As it warms the whiskey/alcohol comes out in the finish more as well as the toffee and malts.

M- Medium body with moderate to lower carbonation and a nice wet finish with a slight sting left in the back of the throat. Really nice actually.

Overall they did a great job with this beer. It's smooth, creamy, and full of a lot of different flavors to keep one interested and drinking. I'd definitely recommend this brew if you can get your hands on it.


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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz swing top bottle purchased from Grand Vin.

On the tag "Our reserve ale is aged in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels for over 6 months".

A nice pop when I opened the swing top, it pours a very dark reddish brown with a 1 finger head of foam and some gorgeous lacing.

This is still pretty cold but I get nice notes of whiskey, caramel, and that's about it.

The taste gives me a better feel for the beer. Lots of nice notes of caramel malt, a good but not overpowering flavour of whiskey that dominates the finish, and some toffee. Not overly complicated but it doesn't need to be. Mm...smacking my lips now as the aftertaste is very good and long lasting.

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the low end of medium, it has a great mouth feel and is quite drinkable for a 10% abv Scotch Ale. Hey, this one is a winner!

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Photo of drseamus
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly under-carbonated but still forms a head initially. Body is a beautifully clear reddish amber. No bubbles are visible.

S: The aroma is filled with whiskey and sweet malt. It almost smells like brandy.

T: The flavor is quite like the aroma. It has strong whiskey notes and a good amount of sweetness up front but lacks some depth that I would like to see in there.

M: As above, it lacks the body it should have to support the whiskey and sweetness from the malt.

D: Don't let my criticisms of the body take away from this beer. This is a great beer. I would definitely drink this again.

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Amazing Grace from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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