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Brains Craft Brewery Boilermaker

Brewed by Brains
Style: English Strong Ale
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Boilermaker is a copper-coloured IPA brewed with Ben and Tom from Thinking Drinkers. Brewed with Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Willamette hops and matured with Penderyn whisky infused oak chips in casks from the distillery, the arts of distillation and brewing combine to create an epic Welsh IPA adorned with a fragrant citrus aroma, a touch of spice with hints of vanilla and a warm whisky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ghendrix (112) - Cardiff, WALES - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber with a little cream head, decent lacing. Aromas are caramel, oak, vanilla, whisky, toast, fleshy fruit, cane sugar. Taste is quite sweet, gentle spice, light bitter. Medium-light body. The aromas are nice, but it’s too sweet and the finish reminds me if rum barrel-aged, which just doesn’t go. Promising at first, disappointing ultimately.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (6125) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark golden with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, little sweetness, wood, hops. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, vanilla, little wood, light alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweet finish witjh some alcohol. 080914

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sarpa (916) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle 33cl from AbM @ home. Pours clear dark copper with a small white head. Wood, malt, caramel, dark fruits, rye bread aroma. Malty, caramel, some vanilla, dark fruits in the flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
R4N5H (104) - SINGAPORE - AUG 5, 2014
33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. Carbonated with a small head. Dark amber in colour. Caramel with a sweet roasted malt aftertaste. Not really hoppy, nor a typical IPA.... More an English (or Welsh) bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11523) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2014
DØE. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 230514

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cirzen (8) - FRANCE - JUL 24, 2014 does not count
Pours a rich copper. Aroma is dominated by old ale style malt and alcohol. Some dried fig esters. Mouthfeel overly dominated by carbonation at first, followed by a heavy but pleasing hop bitterness. Warming malt and alcohol come through afterwards. Calls itself an ipa but it?s not. It?s a slightly over-hopped strong old ale. Would have been more interesting to firmly straddle both camps and late /dry hop to earn that badge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11251) - DENMARK - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, hop and oak. Flavour is malt, fruit, caramel, little hop, littlewhisky, medium sweet, oak and a little bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16948) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor with hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jvhemert (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
AROMA: whisky (notes), nuts, bread, APPEARANCE: amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, TASTE: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, PALATE: light body, thin feel, flat, OVERALL: whisky aromas blends in subtedly, rest of beer not very exciting, too flat and little aromas to balance with the overly sweet whisky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (5947) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle at CBF 2014. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, fruit, vanilla, spice and whisky.

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