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Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Is it right? Seems a bit excessive really. But we did it anyway, because we can. We have aged our Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale in bourbon barrels and it is ready to drink. Yep, that 10% ABV monstrosity has been, as they say, kicked up a notch. It was a quick stay in the barrel. We didn’t want the beer to lose all of it’s hallmark hoppiness. And after only a couple of months, a lot remains. Flavors of vanilla and oak now intertwine with the malty sweetness and are countered by a pronounced hop bitterness. What was complex is now impossible to unravel. It really has to be tasted to be understood.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11138) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2015
Keg at BP Little Italy, 13/11/14. Rich amber with reddish hues topped with a moderate beige swirl and edgeing. Nose is bourbon, oak, caramel, light spice, dark fruit rinds, orchard tones, toffee apple. Taste comprises toasted brown sugar, candied fruit peel, toffee, sweet licks, subtle bourbon oak soak splash dash. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light warming alochol in the close. Solid enough BA strong, bitter edge kicks in at the close which tempers the sweetness well.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (8500) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Draft. Red pour, it has picked up some earthy spice notes in the barrel, a hint more toasted malt bitter, hops are pretty vegetale and earthy at this point.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (163) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Draft pour at Ballast point original, amber color, barrel aroma mixed with wort aroma. Heavy booze flavor along with spicy and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Can’t say this is better than the "regular" Tongue Buckler,. The hops are such that they still come through, though the barrel is strong as well. Nice sipper, a must for any big fans of BA beers.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbsevert (1) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2013 does not count
Poured from a bottle. Not much head. Deep red color. Smell of hops hits you instantly. Deep malty flavor up front followed by a punch of west coast hops.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1124) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours a reddish brown thin tan head with deccent lacing. Aroma is of toasted sweet malts, stone fruits, woody bourbon, vanilla, and some molasses. Taste is rally smooth and as a very nice combination of smooth bourbon and nice fruit notes. Has a medium body with a slighty creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, semi bitter finish. Overall, a very mellowed out version of tounge buckler that is very tasty and drinkable compared to the orginal.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3446) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
On tap at TJ’s. Deep purple brown with a ring of foam. Nose is bourbon, caramel, wood and blackberry. Medium body with a hot tang. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, caramel and earthy sour cherry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Tap @ hamiltons. Fuck yeah...this is tongue buckler stripped of the palate raping hoppiness and dosed with smooth boozy softness. This is the way tongue buckler was meant to be...I like the reg version but this is a fuck bunch of a step up. Fruity malty/hop flavors come out...smooth with the barrel influence. I hate rating beers and typing stupid shit like this so I’m gonna stop talking now, apply some random numbers to make it a high rating and then ima fuck off just like you should.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1160) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Aroma, more hop forward than i expected. Taste is vanilla and hop forward which is odd here. Good hop retention but still not sure how the barrel works here. The vanilla is there but doesn’t really bring much to the table.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Flavor of caramel, orange, toffee, light pine, bourbon, wood, and vanilla with a dry, bitter finish.


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