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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Brewed in the style of a “West-Coast” Imperial Red Ale. Upon first sip, this beer showcases a delicious malt bill worthy of any Red Ale. A face-melting 120 IBU’s quickly follows, however this extreme bitterness only compliments the bold and unique flavor packed into this outcast of an ale. We then age the finished beer in Whiskey barrels for a minimum of 3 months. What comes out is on of the most unique barrel aged beers you will ever have, with massive amounts of caramel, vanilla, oak and Whiskey notes. Fall/Autumn seasonal brew, bottles may be available through out the year. 120 IBU, 10.5% ABV

Previously 9% abv

Getbetter's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Getbetter (952) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
From the tap at the brewery and a very hazy brownish red ale.Smells very boozey and a light head.Not too much boozey and you can still taste a great amount of the red ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3042) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2015
18 May 2015, bottle. murky light maroon. nose is sweet, malty, and meaty with some resin hops. med body, moderately fizzy, slightly creamy. this is a sweet, hoppy barleywine. i like this. resin hops at the end with some lingering oak finish. pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2877) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle. Huge whiskey aromas. Loads of Jack Daniels with roasted malt backbeats. Average body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Poured up on tap at K & B Wine Cellars where it exhibits a murky dark brown body that supports a nice tan head that leaves behind some sheet lacing. The aroma offers up thick sweet malts, malty yet resiny pine hops and then smooth smelling sweet vanilla mixed with bourbon. The taste is similar as I get a tasty blend of malts, malt roastiness and a firm level of malt nuanced pine hop bitterness. Immediately after those notes are contemplated the smooth vanilla and chewy malt enhanced bourbon rise up in just the amount to create a terrific beer to barrel character balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2853) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to trade with jdb288! Pours a murky copper with some year floaters, bubbly tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is phenolic alcohol with lots of nice bourbon barrel notes behind. Taste is all barrel, vanilla, bourbon awesome, slight bitterness on the back end. No real booze besides the barrel, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Cloudy amber pour, cream colored head. Nice mild bourbon and oaky notes right up front and balanced with some resiny/citrus hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1216) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2014
On tap at Urge as part of their Ironfire night. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thin tan head which fades to minimal lacing. Aroma is of toasted malts, rye bread, caramel, vanilla, oak, and sweet malts. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma with maybe just a little booze. Has a medium-full body with a pretty creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a pretty nice american strong ale that shows off barrel aging pretty nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rando7 (774) - Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle pours amber-brown with full one finger yellow head. nice looking beer. Aroma whiskey, vanilla, malt sweetness. Taste follows aroma with sweet caramel malts, whiskey, vanilla. Finish lots of oak and some hops. Palate not very thick but overall I liked the mouthfeel with the oak and hops giving it a spicy tingle. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AmEricanbrew (6231) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Tap@2013 Strong Ale Fest. Clear copper color with ivory head. Boozy bourbon vanilla, spicy caramel aromas. Big boozy whiskey flavors with tea leaf, spicy caramel___too boozy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12140) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours very hazy and darkly ruddy with a creamy beige head. Nice whisky aroma. Med + body. Flavor is caramel, treacle and lots of whisky. There’s definitely heat, but it’s coming out as flavor rather than irritating. There’s a lot of whisky flavor, but somehow it’s a lot mellower than most bourbons. Seems to be missing a lot of vanilla. With time there seems to be a fair amount of wood - but that normal astringency seems hidden - perhaps by the heat. This is very tasty stuff. The wood and heat make it seem dry, but at the end of each quaff there’s a sweet burst.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (12498) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
On tap @ Strong Ale 2013. Dark amber pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is really hop forward, surprisingly. Lots of grass and orange rind. Heavy oak character, whiskey, some vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is quite bitter and chalky. Lots of tannic charred oak and whiskey. Some vanilla, orange, and grass. Hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness. Kind of watery mouthfeel. Disappointing.

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