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Lickinghole Creek Three Chopt Tripel (Bourbon Barrel)

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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Aged for over 12 weeks in the choicest 15 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon Barrels you can find. Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel is not overpowering. It’s sophisticated. Notes of citrus, lemon-lime, honey and coconut are rounded out with the smooth flavor of Kentucky Bourbon. Surprisingly easy to drink at 11.3% ABV and does not have a “hot” flavor.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3338) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2014
For rating 3333, I guess I ought to do a Tripel?
Bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours really hazy and golden with a small head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is really bourbon forward, but not especially boozy. It’s got some bright fruit and some honey, but it’s got a lot of oak and vanilla too.

The flavor is a whole lot of honey and bourbon. It’s got caramel & some bright and dark fruit notes. It’s got a lot of vanilla. It really does a good job of concealing the alcohol.

After all is said and done the thing really doesn’t taste like a tripel at all though. Which doesn’t mean it wasn’t brewed as one, or that the beer isn’t good... but this is one of those where the beer that came out of the barrel is practically stylistically transformed from the beer that was dumped in. What "style" I think it came out as is a confusing question all together though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8516) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Sample at GABF 10/04/2014, thanks to my BIL for assistance with note-taking. Hazy yellow-gold color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Strings of lace. Bourbon, yeast and fruit in the nose. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, malt and earthy yeast. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and citrus aftertaste. Above average overall.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1101) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Aromas of coconut, lemon, lime, honey, vanilla. Clear orange-amber with a lasting white head. Off-dry, fruity notes, some bourbon subtleties. Medium-full bodied. Dangerously drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8808) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft at the brewery, 6/20/14. Pappy barrels. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a thin white head. Good head retention. Aroma of bourbon, wood, candi sugar, bready malt, mild hops. The taste is toffee, bready malt, bourbon, vanilla, yeast, spice. Medium bodied, low carbonation, slight booze.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (721) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle from latest Secret Santa, thanks Andy! Pours slightly hazy dark golden with a fairly small head. Nose has yeast, vanilla and some booze. Taste has lots of dries fruits, vanilla, caramel and some yeast. A bit heavy on the bourbon notes but tasty nevertheless.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3817) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Station 2 for the mini tap takeover. Surprisingly smooth considering the Abv. Hazy straw pour with ring of white head. Lots of sweet vanilla and muted oak notes. Lingering sweetness on the he palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2684) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. It poured a bright yellow color with an off-white head. The aroma was of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, grapefruit and some sour citrus. The taste was similar to the aroma with some caramel and lemon citrus. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17224) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody spicy weak bourbon aroma. Sweetish malty spicy caramel yeasty woody flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy woody bourbon and caramel finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (11371) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Golden-orange pour with a white head. This is incredibly sugary. Holy crap. Sugar, vanilla, cotton candy, and smarties. Lots of bourbon and caramel, too. Some overripe banana and pear, too. Flavor is cloying. Honey, caramel, vanilla, and cotton candy...some simple syrup on top of it. Slight bourbon and oak. Meh.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10986) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle shared by Dr Silverworm via Jay. Poured hazy golden color with an average frothy white head that lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy complex bourbon, citrus and hop aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a better version that surpassed my expectations.


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