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Livery Bourbon Cask Aged Wheat Trippelbock

Formerly brewed at The Livery
Style: Weizen Bock
Benton Harbor, Michigan USA


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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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A strong dark lager brewed with a generous amount of wheat then aged in Heaven Hill 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Draft: First off I have to give a big thanks to Steve for allowing myself and my buddies to get a pour of this before he actually put it on for their anniversary celebration...amazing generosity from one of my new, favorite brewers. This being the first brew I’ve ever had from The Livery I was geeked to say the least...pour was dark mahogany in color with a small cream head. The oak/bourbon comes on immediately and just murders the nose...dark wheat malts are very apparent as well as some vanilla, dark fruits and a bit of an earthiness tone. This stuff is almost too complex to even describe, thick and luscious mouth feel leads to an attack on the palate. Massive bourbon-y oak flavors with the dark wheat notes again, very apparent...vanilla infused dark fruits and a bit of spice is there as well. Hands down the most amazing brew I’ve ever had. Cheers Steve and thank you so much!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Courtesy of BBB63. Thank you, sir.

Tasted 2006 and 2007 bottlings, preferred the extra oomph that the 2006 offering had....dark caramel brown pour, small light brown head....nose is wheat husks, dark tropical fruits, bourbon, woodiness, dark malts and tobacco....ABV is masterfully hidden, can’t imagine this one at 16%....flavor picks up more of the bourbon and wood hints, but never overpowering, and with a nice chocolate and tobacco backing....full bodied, substantial and thick....excellent mouthfeel, wish I could give it a 6....finish is boubon, oak, chocolate and sweet dark malts....world class stuff, and my favorite beer of the night along with Péché Mortel....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
On tap at GTMW. Aroma is complex. I think I’ll just list off some adjectives: woody, buttery, caramel, roasty, and nutty wheat. I listed the wood first, but it doesn’t overpower the other flavors. Dark mahogany brown with a tan head...very pretty. Great buttery bourbon and wood flavor at first but then strong roasted caramel with a wheat twan and a hint of chocolate. The chocolate grows as you drink. Every drink makes this stuff more tasty, they were very generous with the pour. Alcohol is barely noticable. Good medium mouthfeel, Very drinkable. Wow. Thanks for bringing this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2008 Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured a deep brown into a snifter. Smell was huge bourbon notes with malty wheaty notes. Taste was huge, big wheat, malt, biscuit, with a huge bourbon character. Can’t drink this one fast. My only question, it said it was 11.7% abv at the brewery. Not the 16% that is usual. Either way, nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando!!! Pours the darkest brown I have seen to date, minimal carbonation. Aroma is explosive. This is an opus of complexity, wave after wave of aromas are coming forth. Bourbon, vanilla, dates, molasses, alder. The flavor is initially sweet, but merges into a warming, roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Draft at the ACBF Boston, 2 oz tasting but more like 4 2 oz tasting. Wonderful dark ruby brown. Aromas of bourbon. Real boozy but nicely balanced with hints of caramel and vanilla. Awesome beer hope it will someday be available in Mass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
ACBF in Boston, 6/21. Tons of bourbon up front, with sweet vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, and toffee. Pretty strong abv as well. Defnitely one of the best beers on display.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3oz sample at the MiBG Summer Beer Fest ’11. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, brown sugar, dark fruit, wheat, and vanilla. Taste is heavily sweet with light tartness and light bitterness. Very smooth and relatively thin, so easy going down. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Sampled at the FOBAB. Pours dark brown with a thin, filmy head. Mostly Bourbon in the aroma. The taste however had more to offer with vanilla, wood, toffee, caramel, clove and some dark fruits that were all complimented very nicely by the the strong Bourbon notes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. After trying this, I thought to myself, "This is as good as beer can possibly be." Among the Bourbon barrel beers I tried that day or sampled earlier, this was the finest. All the great notes of American oak, apple cider spices, vanilla and caramel on the nose harmonize beautifully on the palate. I’m not sure if it was the lager aspect of this, but it was incredibly smooth to drink. All in all, my favorite beer of the festival, and that’s saying a lot! (And not that this figures into the ratings in anyway, but the brewer was a great guy. He said he hopes to start bottling this in 750 ml.This is easily up to top50 standards.) ****UPDATE FoBAB at GI. My only perfect 5. Amazing.

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