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New Glarus R & D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Ale infused with a large dose of sour cherries. Fermented in an Oak Vat using a blend of Ale Yeast and Lactobacillus. Then aged in freshly dumped bourbon barrels. Strongly Sour with intense cherry overtones married to oak and bourbon character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3875) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours the color of caramel with one finger of fizzy sandstone head. Nose is intense caramel cherry and almond with some wood and acetic character. Rich cherry and cherry skin with some wood, kind of sweet perceptually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle, thanks Jason! Fruity cherry pie, light vanilla, bourbon. Some metallic elements in the flavor, more cherry pie, some light funk, vinegar, oak. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1265) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by unknown person, thanks! Pour is deep amber with a very thin white head. Aroma is very potent cherry syrup with a faint malt component. Very overwhelming grenadine. Flavor is much smoother with an incredible vanilla cherry pie flavor with light notes of roasted malt. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2011
500ml bottle, brewed 01/18/2010, bottled 08/06/2010, and consumed in May 2011 (9 months in the bottle). The pour yields a crystal clear body that is the color of strawberry-watermelon hard candy (think Jolly Ranchers). An initially fluffy, beige tinted head collapses quickly, leaving just a thin film with a skinny ring at the edge. A soapy wash mostly recedes, save for a scant few spots. The nose is distinctly lactic, showing a milky sort of yeast overtone. The bourbon barrel rings through clearly, hinting at woody peanut skins, oak char, mild caramel, and vanilla. Cherries are bright and red, more sweet than tart, hinting at freshly macerated pulp more than tannic, tart skins. Flavors follow suit, suggesting of maraschino cherries and sweet grenadine up front, with tangy, tart, wild black cherries zipping through on the back end. Tartness turns almost full-on sour as it hits the glands at the back of the mouth. Barrel influence primarily comes in the form of mild char and sweet, oaky vanilla. On the palate, lactic and citric acidity are pushed through a rounded, creamy foreground by fine, zippy carbonation. Sugars tend to concentrate on the finish, leaving a sticky heft that goes beyond what a 5.5% beer probably should. Overall, it’s quite a fine beer. A little sweet and sticky for my liking, but tasty nonetheless, and something I’d never refuse. Once again, Dan Carey stakes his claim as American Fruit Beer Master.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Had at tasting the night before DLD! Not sure who brought it, but thanks! Pours amber with little or no head. Aroma has hints of bourbon, cherries and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, vanilla and sour cherries. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 27, 2011
500mL Bottle. Thanks for the trade, Kevin. Big bourbon and dry white oak aroma, mingled with a pretty funky and odd cherry note. Flavors come through with a punch of bourbon early and flashingly fast, followed by a raw granular white sugar sweetness, and then a gentle light cooked cherry flavor. The cherry sure is fleeting and the sourness very restrained and pulled in. Feels a lot like NG’s other sour efforts, just a little too clean and dialed down. There’s something very drinkable about that restraint, but also kind of boring. I want more cherry, bourbon flavor, and funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4417) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
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Bottle: The aroma is sweet cherry with vanilla and a touch of sour cherry. It pours a transparent orangish-red with a minimal white ring for a head. The flavor starts with sweet cherry and a touch of vanilla. The finish has minimal sour cherry and a touch of oak. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2011
Smell is cherries, oak, vanilla, and some bourbon. The taste only gets better with the bourbon, and vanilla really taking center stage, although the cherries definitely make their presence known. Very creamy and SMOOTH. I wanted to love this one, and it blew me away! The most impressive New Glarus beer I’ve had to date. Phenomenal beer that I will be keeping all to myself!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2011
The beer pours light in carbonation, like a muted pink amber with virtually no head. The aroma is outstanding, sweet but subtle cherries with light almost butter crust maybe from the barrels. The flavor starts as an excellent blend of sweet and tart notes that are so pleasant on my palate. This on top of a light body and a soft ending on the palate make this beer outstanding to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2011
Tasted on 3/27/11 from a 500mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours clear light amber with an average beige head that leaves even but thin lace along with some residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is biscuity bread with some bourbon vanilla sweetness, underlying tart cherry, a dusty aroma, and light dill. The flavor is bread and bourbon with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, sweet and tart cherry, and the same dusty flavor that I smelled on the nose. The body is medium, a bit sticky, with average carbonation and a long bourbon and cherry finish.

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