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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12684) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
10oz pour, $6 at O’Brien’s. Phone rate. Hazy medium brownish orange with a small creamy beige head, down to a lasting thick film. Nose has dominant bourbon with moderate toffee notes following. Flavor has dominant bourbon and wood with citrus green hops and toffee behind. Def not as hoppy as the regular version, but definitely doesn’t taste like old hops. Moderate sweet caramel follows to a semi-dry earthy finish, bitterness peaking at a 5. Low carbonation with a big full sticky body. Bourbon does not improve everything, but this is still good. Not as good as the original, as LtDan says below me. My 8 and 7 are interchangeable for aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Appearance: pours an iced tea brown with a white micro film for head.

Aroma: Dark fruit bouquet. Cherry Cough drops.

Taste: Sweet toasty malt, bitter hops, finishes with an earthy barrel note.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, modest carbonation.

Overall: I like my Tongue Buckler fresh and hoppy. I didn’t like it once it was put in the bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Clear orange with a fizzy white head. Bourbon and molasses aroma and taste with candy sugar notes and a sweet citrus finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2011
The aroma is sticky malty sweet, just like a typical English Barleywine. The beer pours amber with a candy red hue and off white head. It tastes resiny malty sweet with the hops ending on the palate. There is a bit of a bourbon bite as well that manages to stay somewhat smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (5605) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2011
On tap, poured a dark reddish orange with one finger white head that faded quickly leaving not much lacing behind. Predominant aromas of vanilla and oak. Other scents of orange peel, peat whiskey bourbon, pine. Taste is good vintage oaky wood notes with vanilla ice cream, whiskey, caramel, and a tad of butterscotch. Insanely awesome barrel aged beer from Ballast Point. Very complex and spirit like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Draft, RBSG bus tour. Medium beige head, hazy red body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, some Bourbon, caramel, light cherry/raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, some smoke, Bourbon. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Served in a snifter. Pours a slightly-hazed dark amber color with a single-finger white head that sticks around for just a bit before falling into a thin cap, leaving some spotted white lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries strong hops with just a bit of bourbon. Pine and floral hops, mostly. Some earthiness there as well. The flavor works wonders in combining the bourbon and the hops. It’s one of the first bourbon or oaked IPAs that I’ve really enjoyed. There’s a light bourbon presence and I’m thinking this has to be a second or third-use of a barrel given how light it is. It provides a nice creaminess to the feel as well. In the foreground is plenty of piney hops with a bit of an earthy character. Bitter finish. Really well done. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-12-2011

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2011
on tap @Capones RBSG-pours an off white head that laces and amber/copper color. Aroma is pineapple/tropical fruit/sweet medium malt-caramel, wood. Taste is pineapple/tropical fruit/sweet medium malt-caramel, wood. Syrupy mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2011
On tap at Capone’s, our first stop on the RBSG bus. Pours a nearly clear orange ruby with a thin white head. Floral, vanilla and bourbon and wood on the nose. Big bourbon sweetness, long and sweet. A bit too sweet overall, the bourbon sort of dominating. Toast, wood and more sweetness.

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