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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Amber ale aged in whiskey barrels. Sophisticated. Surprising. Tasty. Our Looping Owl is a medium bodied Amber Ale, brewed with Maris Otter Malt and Northern Brewer & Golding Hops, then aged in Grand Traverse Distillery Whiskey Barrels. A masterfully balanced and satisfying flavor with a slight ’whiskey kick’ and surprising hint of Oak. The owl may be the wisest bird in the forest, but even he needs to kick back and take a break every once in a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Csmcbndt (4) - Howell, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2015 does not count
Great amber - medium body, barrel aged. If you’re not a fan of whiskey don’t let this scare you off - the taste is not overbearing or astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3824) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2015
tap at the brewery - Smells of oak and to my surprise kind of tart, but it doesn’t taste tart. Whiskey dominates the sweet, malty flavor and there’s a hint of vanilla. It’s medium to full bodied and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Amber. Smells like wood. Strong barrel oak flavor. Caramel. Tasted at Right Brain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 18, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Honey, toffee. bourbon... Sweet, warm, caramel. Smooth. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
njager246 (690) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Aroma is vanilla, carmel, whiskey and apples, taste is whiskey, apples, and vinilla, very light for a ba beer, but pretty good for style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2015
Draft EBF. Need Label - Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of nuts, bourbon, whiskey and alcohol - medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Sample at GABF 10/03/2014, thanks to my sis for assistance with note-taking. Hazy amber color with a medium thin off-white head. Spotty lacing. Malt, caramel and slight hops in the nose. Medium body with flavors of grainy malt, caramel and mild hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Growler from the brewery served in a pint glass Review from notes: A - Hazy light brown with big bubbled head. Low retention with minimal lacing. S - Sweet woody malts, sugary fruit, apples, caramel, muddled whiskey aroma. T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts, slightly toasted, very fruity, mainly apples, woody tannins, there’s earthy/spicy bitterness but it’s hard to detect the source. There’s notes of mild earthy hops underneath the rounded nutty malts. Finishes semi-dry with notes of fruit and toasted wood. M - Medium weight with active carbonation that mellows out as it sits. Woody tannins are left on the aftertaste. Interesting brew. The malts and fruit combined with the wood create a complex mix of flavors that seem uncommon. Serving type: growler 01-19-2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2013
22 ounce bottle
This barrel aged amber ale is a fine offering from Right Brain. The nice balance keeps the whiskey from completely taking over. If this is a regular then grab one when you are in southern Michigan as an example of what the state can produce.

Aroma / Appearance - Cheery red fluid flows around the glass. The carbonated base opens up to a crisp white head. Chestnuts, mild whiskey, and malty iced tea are a slight bit boozy. Overall though the balance is solid.

Flavor / Palate - Whiskey is more evident in the first sip. Vanilla, cream soda, and melted Twix fill the palate with sweetness. The barrel aging process takes the edge off yet leaves the core of the beer intact. I’d pick up another release from Right Brain in a heartbeat if they came across the Michigan border.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle. Pretty good for the style. Aging added body. Not much whisky flavor though. Remembered more of a whiskey influence the first time I tried it at Lansing beerfest.

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