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New Glarus R & D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2004) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out a dark ruby/amber topped with a small white head. Aroma was cherries, vanilla, bourbon, wood, caramel, and some bread malts. Taste was as the aroma a cherries leading the way with some sweetness from the bourbon. All around a very tasty one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Another big thanks to Kan. A light redish color with off white head, decent lacing...A really nice aroma of cherry vanilla, lots of spice, nutmeg, a little bread pudding...The taste is really sweet lots of cherry and vanilla present, its really similar to wisconsin belgian red in the sweetness with a kick of a little vanilla and bourbon...Pretty easy to drink at first, but after awhile gets a little too sweet. Decent and worth trying, but a little too sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1447) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
A-pours a light dirty brown color with red edges and a thick off white head with a solid lace. S-the nose has a ton of vanilla, hints of bourbon, lots of slightly synthetic cherry and very sweet from all the vanilla and cherry with a slightly medicinal note. T-flavor follows the nose, the vanilla from the bourbon barrel is overstated, the bourbon and oak are subtle and impart the right amount of flavor. the cherry is very ripe and sweet, sharp red cherries with just a hint of sour to it. The vanilla dominates and it is too sweet, not cloying but just sweet. M-extremely creamy juicy feel to it on a full body with a strong bite with a powerfully carbonated finish that is semi dry. D-this is somewhat overly sweet and the vanilla is rather strong. the bourbon is so faint and the barrel is mostly oak. the cherry is tasty and not really medicinal in the flavor, it is somewhat sour and the finish mixes well being semi dry and sour but the overly sweet vanilla and the sour tart cherry seem to contrast. drinkable but a few flaws.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Shared the bottle, I mean testicles, with Dasilky. Ruby orange with eggshell head. Nose is the kinda odd mid sweet of a kriek with smoothness of the bourbon barrel. Taste is high cherry tart and apples with cinnamin. Lots of yeasty clean finish. Dry and crisp. Beautiful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle. Smells like my balls in a bowl of cherry garcia ice cream...and if that sounds bad, you’re dumb. No, but really...I like that nose...dark cherry, funk, and bourbon...all wrapped up into a ball. Pours pretty transparent with a rose-hue to it. Flavors are bring the lovely new glarus cherry goodness, something they deserve a pulitzer prize for...they own cherry beer. The mouthfeel is a little thin...but the bourbon gives it a vanilla-ish accent to the cherry...it takes it to a different dimension. Really awesome beer though...seriously, if this was just a beer available in 6 packs at my local liquor store...I’d quit ticking and just drink this...even if a 6 pack was $20. Not too thick...not too sweet...nice vanilla cherry and funk. New Glarus OWNS the cherry!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Pours a reddish amber with a white head. Smell of cherry vanilla soda and whiskey. Taste is cherry, vanilla, bourbon, and awesome. Just wow.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle, thanks a ton Greg! Clear amber, orange pour with thin to no white head. Aroma is very decadent, notes of sour cherry, vanilla, slight bourbon, and some slight lemon notes. Taste is a nice mix of cherry, vanilla and sweet bread with tart lemon, and finishes fairly sweet with some vanilla and bourbon. Nice and different!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle. Clear dark reddish pour, medium carbonation and a nice mellow whiskey/vanilla aroma. Flavor is light cherry, very mellow aroma, subtle wood/vanilla from the bourbon barrel(but not boozy) and sour and tart on the aftertaste. Unique and very enjoyable!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
A: The pour is amber in color with a creamy off white head. S: A big time cherry pie aroma to this one, shockingly similar to Wisconsin Belgian Red. A bit of a caramel and malt sweetness along with some bourbon and vanilla. I get very minimal tartness. T: Cherries and a cherry pie type flavor are what this one is all about. Again, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Surprisingly sweet for a kriek. Seems more like a bourbon barrel aged Wisconsin Belgian Red. M: The body is medium and so is the level of carbonation. D: Very disappointing, I must say. I do like their Belgian Red, but I was expecting something that is a little more of a departure from the same beer that you can get year round.


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