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AleWerks Bourbon Barrel Amber Ale

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AleWerks Bourbon Barrel Amber Ale
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Growler from the brewery sometime last year. The beer pours a dark amber color. Barely any head at all is poured. Small amount of lacing rings around the glass. Now the first two times I had this brew there was a good amount of bourbon present. But fresh from the brewery this beer just explodes with bourbon. I couldn’t believe how much was there. Aroma was filled with Spicy bourbon, vanilla, citrus hops, earthiness. I could smell it from across the room. The first time I had this beer I was told a story that this beer was a mistake. Reading other reviews I learned exactly what the mistake was. It seems this beer started off as an Imperial IPA. They decided they didn’t like how it was turning out, so they threw the brew in some bourbon barrels. And well there you have it. I was I had the smarts or extra barrels laying around to do that. Ok back to the review. The taste is also just bursting with bourbon flavors. I gave a quick sip to my girlfriend and she agreed. This was a bourbon bomb. It really took me by surprise. The spicy bourbon hits the palette and just doesn’t leave. Citrus hops then hit and the after taste of vanilla and earthiness make this a fantastic brew. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, medium bodied, but really ends up a little flat in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2289) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Clear amber pour thin off white head light sticky lacing ..... Aroma of oak and vanilla, bourbon .....taste is oaky and bourbon very woody with vanilla and sweet malty taste, little buttery .... finishes bitter and oaky with bourbon and some bitter hop punch .... excellent brew lots of flavor on the tongue

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2011
FRESH growler direct from the brewery, January 2011 edition. pours a hazy, reddish amber with a thick, creamy, eggshell head and great lacing with excellent retention. aroma is fantastic with huge notes of sweet vanilla cake, nougat, toasted oak, and light floral esters backed by buttery toffee, subtle, spicy bourbon, and orange creamsicle with unique tropical notes of candied pineapple and pears and a trace of piney hops as it warms. flavor is great as well with the piney hops, orange citrus, and toasted malt coming through a bit more behind smooth, oakey bourbon, vanilla, pear skins, and caramel giving this a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness and finishing with dry, woody hops. palate is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and smooth without a trace of harsh bourbon bite making this one dangerously drinkable despite the 10.5% abv. overall, another great barrel aged effort from Geoff at AleWerks.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
(Sample Date: 12/5/2009 Source:Other) Sampled at the brewery tasting room. Caramel and wood with bourbon notes in aroma. Clear golden brown with little head. Dry bourbon dominates flavor with some dark fruit character, caramel and wood. Finish is spicy and slightly astringent with big bourbon flavor residual. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
On tap at the brewery on 12/05/2009. Fairly clear copper body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma. Sweet bourbon and vanilla flavor with some light caramel. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3736) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2009
On draft at the the greene leaf newtown. Pours a clear deep amber with fair off white head. Definitely a bourbon beer! Nose and flavor has strong vanilla and oaky notes. Caramel sweet malt and Pine hops especiallyon the finsh. Tasty and interesting choice for barrel aging a beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
This beer was a surprise. Poured from tap a red amber color with a small white head. Aroma is bourbon, sweet, with hints of both regular and brown sugar. The flavor is pretty heavy on the bourbon alcohol, with touches of hops, sweet malts.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Sampled on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a medium head. Average head retention and nice lacing. The nose is nice with notes of bourbon, maple and vanilla. Taste is lightly toasted malts, bourbon, light nutty notes, faint oak and a strong pine-like hoppiness. I found this one too bitter. Medium bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGB (502) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Had on draft at Beerrun in Charlottesville, VA. Dark brown with virtually no head. Not much aroma, but some oak and caramel. Tastes of oak, barley, burnt caramel and some hops on the finish. Pretty decent, but the oak overpowers the rest of the beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009 Draft at Taphouse Hampton and at the brewery. Amber bodied pour with a short off white head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, caramel, and vanilla. Rather sweet but also rather enticing. Taste is strong caramel and bourbon, oak, light toffee, brown sugar and sweet malts. Body is slick and moderately chewy with slight alcohol warmth. Ends with more caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, and sweet malts. Very tasty! Top marks for AleWerks!


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