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Drakes 15th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Lager



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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 411   ABV: 13.7%
A 15th anniversary recipe needs to be unique since so few breweries make it to their 15th year. For this recipe our head brewer Rodger Davis decided to throw out the style guidelines and create his own style. So he fused the finist ingredients, his relentless passion for good beer and topped it off with a bit of creativity. The beer is then aged in a bourbon barrel for 10 months creating a beer that is worthy of drinking for future anniversaries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Tiny bottle via trade from old backlog notes 07. Pours a clear deep amber brown color with very little head, not much carbonation. The aroma and flavor have caramel, toffee, a dried fruit character, wood and some bourbon and vanilla, a hint of grainy malt sneaks in.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks, Chris. Flat, turbid amber colored beer. Some hints of barrel and vanilla, but mostly cardboard, prune, and oxidation. Stale chocolate, caramel, and a touch of booze. Sweet sugar, caramel, and fruit flavors. Light bourbon/booze and vanilla. Oxidation/cardboard, prune, and chocolate. Done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
[ Bottle ][ cquiroga ][ 180ml nip ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> Thanks Chris for this rarity. Caps comes off with no hiss really. Clear deep amber pour, low no foam. Nose is heavy oxidized, mint, almond, yellow cake. Taste is watery, bitter, anesthetic, watery palate. Eh, not bad though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Huge thanks to hophead22 for the bottle (shared with billshmeinke). Pours with a hazy brown hue and a minimal off-white head. Great aromas centered around big brown sugar, melanoidins, barrel, rich, caramelization, light oxidation, maple and tannin. Flavors are of maple, brown sugar, rich caramel and caramelization, toffee, marzipan, and oak. Very smooth, vanillin, a touch of cardboard oxidation. Light bubbles and fuller bodied. Excellent still!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Poured a hazy dark brown with opaque edges and no head whatsoever. Aroma had strong notes of caramel and toffee with grain and a strong alcohol kick. Flavor was sweet from caramel and grain notes with a boozy bourbon finish. Beer was surprisingly smooth on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle from sloth or via Capt. Cougar in a trade. Pour was barleywine-ish, tawny brown color with hints of orange, hazy. The head was actually decent, this thing looking a-ok. The aroma was bourbon, oak, vanilla, some spiciness to it all too. The flavor followed, caramel, spicey bites, faint oxidation, but in a most pleasent sense. Mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated, a real shocker. Thought this would be dead. One of the best aging experiments ever. Glad to have finally gotten around to it! Smooth. Well done bourbon action. Thanks, Bert or Tom!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Sample at Woodshop 5.0. Poured a hazy, reddish amber color with a small, light tan head that quickly diminished, leaving spotty, sticky, lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla oak, bourbon, caramel malts, honey and sharp alcohol as well. Taste of nuts, more caramel malts, vanilla, charred wood and a fair amount of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2010
From notes. Murky, multi brown, a few tan bubble, looks heavy. Aroma of burnt caramel, old wood oxidation, vanilla nougat, subtle cocoa, subtle alcohol, toasted grains. Flavor adds milk chocolate, more rich caramel and vanilla nougat, bourbon barrel oxidation, subtle oak spice, subtle alcohol. Full/medium body, smooth, viscous. Great after dinner drink or sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Thanx to BeerVirgin for sharing this with me.This brew poured a brown color with virtually no head.The nose rocked.Boozy and sweet.Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, raisins.Way easy drinking with the alcohol hidden well.Very little warming at the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Aspidites. I chose this beer for my 700th and to celebrate my birthday. Overwhelming aroma of bourbon and vanilla. I was afraid to taste it. My fears were unfounded. This was REMARKABLY smooth. Very nice flavors of roasted nuts, vanilla and just a hint of the bourbon. Alcohol was completely hidden. This beer has aged very nicely and was worth the wait. Thanks Mike!

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