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Indian Wells Whiskey Barrel Amber

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
As a young boy in the 1940’s, Cliff Fyffe used to Comtemplate the old, broken whiskey barrels in the Evan Williams Distillery Yard. He noticed the barrels were sweating out the aged Kentucky whiskey in the summer heat. The whiskey would pool in the barrels in amazing quantity. Cliff shared this memory with the Indian Wells Brewing Co. founders, Rick and Greg, who suddenly had an inspiriation! They reached out and contaced Evan Williams Distillery directly and ordered a dozen, 55 gallon, used oak barrels that had held their flagship whiskey for two years. Indian Wells Brewing Co. then left these barrels in the direct Mojave Desert sun until the whiskey sweated out. When the barrels were ready, they brewed a special ’amber’ style lager by using their own natural artesian spring water, filling the whiskey barrels and allowing them to lager down to 34-degrees for months. The beer in this custom designed 1/2 gallon growler is the result; our own delicious whiskey barrel aged amber lager. It pairs well with BBQ and is just great for sipping. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed making it. Cheers, Rick and Greg

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
zentaoist42 (8) - Hayward, California, USA - MAY 23, 2016 does not count
Most of the bourbon aging is present in the aroma, which is better helped with a thick head. The head, while a Lacey beige, is ephemeral atop an amber body. Behind the vanilla scent of the bourbon are fruits: cherries, pears, or apples mixed with caramel, which is the first hit of the taste. Sour apple turns to sweet caramel, followed by the malts. The tang of the lager helps with a smooth finish and a taste of wheat. This beer is perfect for a couple of years in the cellar to bring out more of the bourbon and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1415) - - APR 2, 2016
Bomber, thanks Christina! Huge caramel and toffee malt aroma with light notes of whiskey, vanilla and oak. Pours a beautiful dark chestnut color with ruby hues and a thin tan head with poor retention and some lacing. Starts with heavy toffee and caramel malt sticky sweetness. Finishes quite smooth with light whiskey, vanilla and oak present but it is hard for these flavors to cut through the sweetness of the malt. Enjoyable and I don't get the metallic taste that other reviewers found.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Forgy (12) - - OCT 16, 2015
Another bland Indian wells brew. Don't let the wax on the bottle trick you. It has that homebrew tap water metallic taste. Light bourbon taste but overall stale malt flavor with little to no hop presence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jultsu (753) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
Punertavan lagermainen, lähes hapoton ja vaahdoton. Tuoksussa aivan vieno makeus. Maussa tiskivettä ja saippuaa, yksiulotteisen vetinen ja mausteinen suutuntuma, jälkimaku tylppä ja mitäänsanomaton. Voittaahan tämä perus suomilagerit mutta vain niukasti.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
tiong (6476) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
650ml bottle @ ISKTR

Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma of malts, metallic notes, hints of berries and bourbon. Taste is sweetish, malty and stuffy with some hints of berries and sweet toffee. Finish is stuffy, sweet and messy. Sweet and messy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rosenbergh (10625) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
22 oz bottle. From a supermarket in Ridgecrest, CA. Clear amber color with a tiny light tan head. Sweetness, toffee, metal and watery maltiness in the aroma. The flavor is sweetness, malt, berries and some honey. Watery. Where's the whiskey? Bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
olio (9368) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
65 cl bottle (dark red wax) @ ISKTR V.
Pours clear amber color with a small head. Ripe fruit aroma, lots of sweet caramel and some toffee notes, whiskey isn’t really present. Quite watery and messy, some bland malty and grain notes with faint sweet fruits, some cardboard too. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
650 ml bottle @ ISKTR V. Pours a golden copper colour with a small head. Aroma of floral notes, apricot and heavy honey sweetness. Flavour of strong sweet grainy maltiness, honey sweetness, wet paper, apricot, metals and some acrid notes. Light bodied and quite sharp finish. Alcohol burns. As it warms up the metallic notes get stronger. Bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
swillguzzler99 (186) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Pours a light chestnut with nice carbonation and head that mostly dissipates. Toffee nose, sweet. Taste is lacking, almost watered down. A hint of burn at the end, but I would not guess the alcohol percent by taste. Not great. Edited to add: it tastes somewhat like whiskey when you gulp it; didn’t get it from sipping.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
coyforce (684) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2015
OK. Very sweet and lacking in body but the poor is a nice medium brown with no head. Aroma is also light sweet.

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