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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 2.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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


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2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sjohnny (343) - - NOV 20, 2012
Caramel and yeast aroma. Light amber with thick light tan head. Lots of lacing. Light bodied. Floral and Whiskey flavor and a seemingly misplaced bitterness on the finish.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jkwood04 (3438) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of whiskey and caramel malts and dough and bread. Flavor the same. Average texture. Let me tell you a story about the brewers’ conversation as they made this. Brewer 1, "Hey, we got some bourbon barrels." Brewer 2, "I just finished brewing this generic amber ale. Maybe we could fill the barrels with that!" Brewer 1, "Great idea. This beer is sure to have a weighted average of 2.83 on Ratebeer!"

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
roxtersoxter (231) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Pours clear amber with medium tan head out of bottle. Aroma of caramel, wheat, and fruit. Good flavor of cherry and apple with wheat. Good beer overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
deekyn (1039) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A- pours a crystal clear amber with a half finger of light tan head. Mild lacing. S- sweet caramel malts, apple pie, cinnamon, danish, ripe pear and some mild bubble gum yeast. M- light to medium sticky and watery body with a sweet light to medium palate. Odd for a 12% beer. T- light water entry with the malts and apples. Some sour wood in the middle. Breads as well. Alcohol is well hidden. Ending is mild with a long faint bitterness. Grasses and lemon zest with a bit of caramel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
On tap at Whole Lotta Brews Festival. Pours dark amber with a modest off-white head and a light alcohol aroma. There is a light-bodied red malt flavor with a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timdom (17) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2013
Was privileged to try this brew at the downtown beer festival Las Vegas last week. Suffice to say the fact I had tried many beers at the show and was tasting from a plastic cup it is difficult to go into sensory in detail. That being said it was by far the most memorable beer of the show. Unique, very well executed and something that I can only imagine being paired with a variety of foods. Chocolate desserts and slap me down if you think I’m wrong but I’m thinking blue cheese. Might just have to test that theory. Was great to talk to the guys about their beers and I wish them well. If only I could get a hold of some at home in Australia.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
2013-08-16. Dark amber brown body is nearly headless. Aroma is a bit odd, sort of grainy sweet malt and vanilla. Flavour is similar with caramel malt, ton of barrel. 6+ Average bodied palate, carbonation. Just okay. Bottle at Campground Brewdown.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (5680) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle at CGBD. Pours amber with a thin head. Toffee malts, light earthy hoppy notes, and light whiskey sweetness. I don’t think it was really necessary to put this in a whiskey barrel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Sampled this at Campground Brewdown 2. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Sweet malt, soft malt, grain. Light spicy yeast. Sweet vanilla and wood. Warm and boozy, long malt, chewy musk, long alcohol and wood on the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7137) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle at Brewdown. Pours reddish amber with white head. Nose and taste of caramel, whiskey and toasted malt. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bomber from the Brewery. Nose is vanilla, oak, caramel, and a very slight hint of bourbon (must not have left all that sweated bourbon in the barrels when they filled them). clear rust copper with a medium light beige head that leaves a faint lacing. Flavor is vanilla and caramels with just a slight bitter aftertaste and a hint of bourbony alcohol.


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