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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 4.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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So what is the IRB? (Which by the way was pronounced “herb” by several patrons in the Taproom last night…) The IRB is a blend of three different beers. 25% of the blend is Brett Devil- a Belgian strong red with added Belgian candi sugar, fermented with the wild wine yeast strain of Brettanomycces. This beer used IRA as a base, but with some of the hops excluded. The Brett brings forward a slight acidity and tartness and a great fruit aroma. Man I love a light Brett aroma in a beer, my current favorite being The Duchess du Bourgogne. 50% of the IRB is IRA aged in 17 year old Elijah Craig barrels I bought together with Alan Sprints at Hair of the Dog. As soon as the barrel is emptied of the whiskey, it is speedily trucked to Oregon and immediately filled with beer. The whiskey in the wood permeates back into the beer, bringing forward those wonderfully smoky, charcoal, and hickory notes from a good Kentucky Bourbon. It also increases alcoholic strength. The remaining 25% comes from second use of a new oak barrel made from Minnesota and Missouri oak that’s known as a “Bordeaux barrel”. (The first use of the barrel gave us a beer we named IRA from the Wood.) This barrel adds a backbone of tannin and some more wood and vanilla notes.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Their best offering. Funky balance of oak, malt, and Brett. Me likey.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2009
On tap at EastBurn. Dark amber pour, good clarity, with a soft white head. Dry brett in the nose, fruity and a soft citrus note. Light dry palate, very mild caramel and oak, lots of brett and a soft citrus flavor and mild tartness. I didn’t pick up much smokiness, but a soft whiskey flavor showed, mild, not peaty and smokey like some. Overall very well rounded without any excess alcohol or harshness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4025) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2009 Tap @ their Taproom... Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of bourbon liquor. Smooth palate and some great smokey and charred flavors and also you could definitely taste the whisky. There was a little sting from the alcohol but was also reasonably balanced and satisfying, probably by some sweet syrup flavors. By far my favorite from the brewery while I was there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Draft @ Double Mountain in Hood River. The rusty red colored body has a soft cloudiness and a small but thick patchy off-white head. Incredibly intense prickly, buggy nose of huge cedar, oak and vanilla/maple notes, along with a substantial bite of bourbon and some funky and tannic red grape skins - the brett gives it that bubbly but mild funk found in beers like Beekeeper.


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