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The Livery Bourbon Cask Aged Wheat Trippelbock

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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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A strong dark lager brewed with a generous amount of wheat then aged in Heaven Hill (2005-2012) or Jim Beam (2014) Bourbon Barrels. Each batch is slightly different.

- Aug 2005 and Dec 2005: 12 months in the cask, approx. 16% ABV
- Aug 2006 and Dec 2006: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2007 and Dec 2007: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 11% ABV
- Aug 2008: 14 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2011: 24 months in the cask and 12% ABV
- Aug 2012: Grand Reserve blended casks aged 24 months and 12.5% ABV
- Aug 2014: 12 months in the cask and 11.5% ABV


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Clownoisseur (210) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2014
On tap at The Livery during their 9th Anniversary Party. Appearance is of a rich mahogany with copper hues. A bit hazy with a minimal amber tinged head. Very oily in the glass. The aromas are bold, but not over bearing. Light vanilla, toffee and caramel blend into ripe plum, raisin and fig. Light bourbon and oak follow. The taste is very rich and complex. Hints of oak into sweet vanilla/toffee/fig before some notes ripened dark fruit come into play along with light anise and ginger. The full mouth feel lets the flavors resonate on the palate for a while. A rich grain bill holds this all together nicely before the bourbon barrel character provides a warming finish. Great balance and barrel touch on this vintage.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1302) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2014
On tap at the source. Dark murky brown. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Bourbon mixes in remarkably well. Flavor reminds me more of bourbon county barleywine. Nice and smooth. Thicker than average. Carbonation is low. Really good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1420) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2014 release in Jim Beam barrels on tap at pub. Pour is black with a small tan head that fades quickly into a ring. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla bean, caramel malt, and fruit vines. Flavor is similar with the sweetness shining through even more - bourbon, char, oak chips, burnt sugar, vanilla, figs. A little too sweet, I think it needs to age further.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2290) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Had this at Livery a few years back and also at GTMW in 2012, finally getting around to adding some of my ratings, pours a dark brown with a little bit of red in the light, the aroma has a decent amount of dark fruit and a little bit of bourbon coming through, the flavor has a lot of BA notes in it with a sweetness of vanilla and oak, a little bit of funk mixed in as well, overall, one hell of a beer and very happy I was able to track this one down a few times now. DONG.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (6001) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Rating #4300! 8/11/12. GTMW. Why I didn’t go get a glass of this the year before simply escapes me. Oh well - here we go! Deep reddish brown hue with a nice tan head that sits atop, lasts, and laces plenty. The aroma is pretty amazing with lots of barrel character - vanilla, oak, cream, coconut, a hint of butter - as well as sweet caramel, dark fruits, and more. A very good, though slightly less impressing flavor shows more barrel character, dark fruits, wood, caramel, maltiness, and a touch of bitterness. All in all, this was one heck of a beer and I’m glad I got to try it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sean9689 (272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
On-tap at The Livery 7th Anniversary. Pours a reddish brown color, large frothy head, thick collar, thick cap. Nose is smooth booze, chocolate, oak, dark fruit, coconut. Taste is oak forward, more booze then the nose, chocolate, dark fruity tartness. Tastes like a more boozy Cuvée de Tomme with less tartness. Full body, good carbonation, tart & booze finish. A really interesting beer that is really a hybrid of several styles. Could be called an Old Ale, Wild Ale, or Strong Ale. Not really a Weizen Bock, but who really cares at this point. It’s boozy, tart, and oak mixed together and is pretty tasty if enjoyed in smaller portions.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Finally this hard to find dong, dark brown with a big tan head, lots of oak, bourbon, prune, a bit harsh finish, almost medicinal. Ok but doesn't meet the high ratings ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Dark brown pour huge foamy light brown head w/ thick lacing. Slightly sour aroma then sweet wheat times some more sugars. Avg palate. Some sour fruits in the taste then a little classic bock flavors. Raw alcohols in the finish distract a bit from the beer. I typically like the big shots from The Livery, but this one missed my mark.
Earlier Rating: 8/13/2006 Total Score: 4.4
cloudy dark brown to marron pour w/ a thin tan head. Huge maple syrup malt aroma hints of bourbon & wheat blended very well into a smooth appetizing aroma. Palate is thick rich & creamy. Flavor is a great full bourbon maple syrup w/ light burnt malts, butters and a hint of wheat husk. Deliscious.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5370) - Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Draft samples (notes from MBGSF 08). We enjoyed a couple of these courtesy of BBB63. Pours a hazy caramel brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is a wonderful collection of ripe fruits, caramel, bourbon and vanilla. The flavor is equally impressive with layers of ripe fruits, sweeter caramel malts, vanilla and bourbon. There is no question this is a big beer, but it was too easy to drink. In fact, Mike brought multiple samples of this to the table which I was more than happy to consume.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2011
(Sample from growler). Pours a cloudy caramel/garnet color with no head or carbonation. Aroma has bourbon, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is tart, with some berries, grassy notes and wood. Thin bodied with an oily texture and dry, fruity wine. Really unexpected, but really nice.


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