Boaks Wooden Beanie
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brian Boak has "jumped on the whiskey barrel band wagon with Wooden Beanie, a stock of Abbey Brown aged in Jack Daniel’s barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans. The beer hit the barrels around the end of August; it’s still aging – at just over a month now – and goes to distributors in a matter of days. (Brian says he’ll have some of the beer at the Sippin’ by the River festival in Philadelphia on Sunday.) ’I had always liked some of those oak-aged porters and all the other beers out there that are oak-aged, and I drink Jack Daniel’s. So, I was like "Let’s play with this," ’ he says. But there’s some more backstory to Wooden Beanie. ’What actually happened is, Abbey Brown is a beer that hasn’t been out in a while, and the kegs were a little overcarbonated, so I had to figure out a way to (degas) them," Brian says. "So this Abbey Brown is going to be a special treat for people, because it actually is about a year old. It is a well-aged, 7 percent Belgian brown ale that is then aged in Jack Daniel’s barrels with the vanilla beans.’ " Courtesy of Beer-Stained Letter Blogspot.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cazort (552) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
On tap at Eulogy. I imagine that not everyone would like this as it is highly atypical for an Abbey Dubbel, but I loved this beer. It’s exceptionally light; the lightest Dubbel I’ve had. But the aroma is very intense and complex: fruity, with both tones of dried fruit as raisin, apricot, and dates, as well as fresher berry-like nuances. A deep maltiness is equally present, with a hint of musky tones, and a strong wood presence, but less resinous than some barrel-aged beers. My friend said she could really taste the whiskey aroma in this one, but I found I it less whiskey-like than other beers. Less wine-like than is typical for a Dubbel or other higher-alcohol Belgian-style beers. What really sells me on this beer is how clean and light it is. I have never had a beer with this powerful and multifaceted an aroma, which is simultaneously so clean and light. Alcohol is very well-masked, unusual for anything getting up around 7% like this beer. Absolutely lovely. And it leaves one feeling quite delightful, I found.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Aroma of sour mash, vanilla wafers, fresh ginger and a sour yeast. Pours murky brown with a medium tan head. Taste is like sasparilla. Notes of creme soda, vanilla, gingerbread, and sour whisky. Almost like a birch beer and Jack. Very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppityHop (175) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2012
The Vanilla beans and aging really transform the flavor, mainly by muting some of the Belgian character of Two Blind Monks and replacing them with Vanilla and Oak. Nice twist to an already nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4222) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Draft. Dark pour with a touch of head. Some wood, whiskey, chocolate flavors. Smoother than expected. Aroma is woody and of slight whiskey tones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Sampled on draft this beer poured a dark brown color with caramel highlights and a small soapy beige head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was an absolutely amazing mix of strong caramel, vanilla and wood. The flavor failed to live up to the nose as it was tart, dryish and almost watery with notes of coconut oil and mild earthy and woody undertone and a hint of brown sugar. Medium finish. Fairly full bodied though a bit undercarbonated. Great potential but a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3638) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
On tap at devils. Pours a slightly hazy, light orange color, thick creamy off white head, amazing lacing patterns with the tiniest of tiny bubbles u can imagine in the foam. Aromas are stong madagascar vanilla beans up front with oak coming in second, bannana, whiskey, berries, figs. Taste is sour, ultra oaky, vanilla aftertaste. Other notes of nuts, berries, whiskey, brett, balanced, so wooded out its insane. Awesome, easily the best I have tried from boaks light bodied for dubbel, and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiddleBrau (993) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2011
Dark amber/orange with slight haze. Thinner head. Rich malty nose with a hint of wine/bourbon. Palate is clean but a bit thin. Flavor is refreshing, hint of cocoa, roasty malt. Was is most apparent is the wine/oak characteristic here. It’s very unique and distinctive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdavenp (18) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2011
had a sample at International Great Beer Expo in Secaucus, NJ. Really interesting whiskey notes, reminds me a lot of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Really nice nose, and a lot of great whiskey taste combining with the belgian beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (983) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Wow, this is a wacky brew. Pours a bright brown with healthy tan head (on cask at McGrath’s). Aroma is vanilla, light raisin, light rumminess. Flavor is strong oak/vanilla, whiskey, and some blended and balanced abbey dubbel flavors like raisins, dates, and malt. A light bodied beer that I thought for sure had more than 7% abv at the time. Very yummy and different.

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