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Blue Pants Big & Tall #2: Barrel Aged Belgian Red


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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The knickbocker Red is placed in Cabernet Barrels to age.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Waxed top bottle. Geez, those things are a pain. Anyhoo, brownish red, loose khaki colored head. Smells like wine, vanilla, and some subtle cherry-like notes. Taste is lightly tart, some vanilla, some red wine. Seems like some tannins come through as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3724) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2014
650 ml waxed bottle. Nice aroma of red wine, oak, vanilla and a touch of earthy chocolate. Tastes of the same mix, and develops more into lightly tart, dark berry wine with a touch of peppery-cocoa spiciness. Near-medium body has a good balance, smooth low-medium carbonation and shows only a touch of the 9%. Obviously this one has lots of flavorful help from the barrel, but I don’t think the currently listed commercial description "The Knickerbocker Red is placed in Cabernet Barrels to age" is all of the story. How does barreling a mediocre 7% abv American Amber turn it into a tasty 9% Belgian Red?

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle - I wanted to like this one, but I don’t love the base beer so barrel aging it in wine barrels didn’t make it any less boring. Anyway, it’s dry and astringent, not getting as much wine as I would like.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3395) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle from wish you were beer. Pours ruby red with a thin khaki head. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Has a bit of red wine thing on the nose. A bit watery on the tongue. I expected the barrel influence to be larger than this. It does hide the booze well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nero55 (720) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Draft at Taproom. Hazy red/brown with small tan head. Aroma or red wine, oak, and some floral notes. Medium body, strong oak notes, some bitterness, and a slight tartness. The oak really overwhelms.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Malaclemys (386) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Taproom, draft pours red-brown with brown head. Aroma is heavy oak, fruity solvent, wine, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is oak, vanilla, bourbon-like, slight tartness. Bitter finish with some alcohol warmth. Medium-light body. Interesting beer, maybe a bit too bitter to go with the very woody flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Draft. Poured a slightly hazy reddish amber. Big, fruity, vinous aroma. Flavor is dominated by oak, vanilla, and some woody earthiness and bitterness; no yeast or funk to speak of. The brewer I talked to acknowledged that the wood blotted out the Belgian notes. But, man, the power of that barrel. Pretty tasty nonetheless.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Itzjerm (1287) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2013
An improvement to the knickbocker. But still not really impressed. Very thin on the tongue. Bitterness is balanced out. Slight Sour Barrel flavor.


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