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The Livery Barrel Aged Agent 99 (2007-2011)

The Livery Barrel Aged Agent 99 (2007-2011)
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Formerly brewed at The Livery
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Benton Harbor, Michigan USA


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 11.99%
2009/2010 batch (#2) is a Belgian Quadrupel aged in a Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout cask for 20 months by it’s re-release in 2010. During this time some wild yeast development as also occured. A younger version was limited release in 2009 and at that point had not developed any wild yeast tones. 2008 Batch #1 were aged various lengths (8 to 18 months) in a 5th use bourbon barrel and then dry-hopped with English Fuggles hop. The initial Livery batch 99 was brewed for release in celebration of the 2nd anniversary of the brewery in 2007.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
On tap and enjoyed at Steve’s Birthday bash, snifter: Coppery red with a small head and spotty lace. (still could use more carbonation). The nose detects pear, crabapple, cherry pit and even a hint of a rye-like ester. There is also some wood, caramel, bready and slight alcohol notes as well. Very aromatic and phenolic, NICE!

The taste starts sweet but not cloy with a grassy bitterness. I found a constant yeast and nutty profile with warming alcohol and wood upon the finish. Sublime Creme Brule and mineral water also dashing in and out.

The mouth feel is smooth and oily, warming but not boozy. OUTSTANDING, the barrel influence is there but accents the beer and does not overpower.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
On tap at The Livery. Pours a dark copper color with a very thin light tan head that disappears almost as quickly as the glass gets set down. Swirling will do nothing to bring it back ground the dead. The nose is odd--it smells like grainy sawdust that has been soaked in a strong alcohol solution. No real dark fruit character until it starts to really warm up when I get a bunch of really sweet grapes. The flavor is really bad--quite grainy and not nearly full enough in body. Pretty gross. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 05-07-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Thanks a million, BBB63! Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed amber body. There are a few disorganized bubbles on top, but calling it a "head" would be a somewhat dubious claim. Smell: A fruit platter served upon a wooden plank with a side of caramel. Taste: Caramel and a melted candy sweetness overlayed with a pleasant fruitiness of peaches, pears, and lychees. An everpresent woodiness and light tannins help lend it a dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Drinkability: Pretty good. I, myself, did not find the wood character to be overwhelming (or even whelming).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2008
growler from BBB63. Amber/copper. Big nose. Fresh figs, Lots of them. Flavor is Dr. Pepper. Big sweetness, lots of flavors and other characters going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4163) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2008
At the ’08 MBG festival. Deep golden color with a thin, off white head. Nose of caramel sweetness, fruit and some bubblegum. Lots of cereal grains in the flavor with caramel sweetness, yeast, and a dried fruitiness. Nice Quad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
22 oz hand bottle shared by tjthresh, courtesy of BBB63 - enjoyed at the csbosox tasting on 3/7/08. Pour is golden, with some ruby highlights - no head whatsoever. Aroma of green apples, very bright and fruity. Some heat behind that. Wood is present, though certainly in the backseat behind the apples. I am assuming this was Brandy barrel? Taste is a fair amount of heat, with sourish apple and almost a Trippel body and finish to it. This was OK, but I thought the barrel was pretty overwhelming. Thanks to both Mike and Tom!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2009

Batch 1

4/25/2009: Livery Barrel Aged Agent 99 was one of the highlights of the day for me. It is brown in color and has a citrusy aroma. The flavor is sweet, malty, lightly fruity, and has a hint of vanilla. It has a mellow mouthfeel and reminded me of an English-style Barlywine. This is a great beer with a great name. If you aren’t familiar with Agent 99, the you better GET SMART!

Sample shared by BBB63 at Dark Lord Day 2009. Rating #29 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2008
Growler from BBB63, thanks Mike. Shared with bikesanbeers, my girlfriend Cyn and his girlfriend Jessi. This is so damn easy to drink its kind of insane. Pours copper with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and oaky, with hints of alcohol, overall a very big nose, There is also apple elements in the nose. Taste is sweet, with some molasses, sugary, big alcohol is hidden, this an interesting brew, it reminds me of a Weizenbock with its apple cidery taste and look. This was very easy to drink and as such got me somewhat trashed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Thanks Mike via Jason! The beer pours to a glowing vibrant amber body with no head. The aroma is apricots, pears, sweet fruits. Some sort of sweet barrel, but not too much. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a nice oaken apricots and orange laden barley. Very balanced and blended. The palate is sweet, mildly warming, and medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 27, 2010
2 year old growler shared by BBB at DLD 2010. Pours a hazy orange brown with a tiny offwhite head. Big fruit, dough, and booze aroma. some melons, vanilla, and light bourbon as well.

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