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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5652) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber in color with a thick beige head. Aroma of malt, whiskey and light tartness. Malty flavor with that same slight tartness before a dry whiskey finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrana (591) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Strong flavors of vanilla, caramel, oak, and burnt sugar. Rather bitter, but still smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2013
22oz bottle. Poured an orange/amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of wood, caramel, and lighter bourbon. Tastes of bourbon (stronger than the aroma), vanilla, caramel, and some wood.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bomber at the Lansing Beerfest. Dark brown with a beige head. Tons of bourbon in the nose and flavor. I like bourbon, I liked this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Hazy amber. Medium lasting head. A little sweet booze in the aroma along with vanilla and caramel. More caramel in the taste, sweet in the aroma but not in flavor. Nice blend of flavor. The mouthfeel seems a little light.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fakebeersnob (228) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Another sampler from the tap takeover. First impression: wow! I really liked this one. Sheet stated barrel-aged, but definitely a bourbon or whiskey barrel. Was smooth drinking. Pleasant smell. Good mouth feel. I did not get the boozy feel I get with some of the barrel-aged.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (2855) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Tap at The Oak Cafe. Pours amber with a small head that quickly fades. Aroma is all whiskey barrel. Strong whiskey scent with vanilla and oak. Taste is the same. I can’t taste any of the base amber beer. Mild alcohol burn in the finish, pretty boozy. Overall, this is not my thing really. If all I wanted to taste was whiskey then I would order a whiskey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3506) - Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2013
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, apple, cherry, toast, toffee, clove, pepper, oak, bourbon, light vanilla, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, fruitiness, and barrel presence; with solid strength. Smells moderately like an oak aged sour here, but it’s not offensive. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, cherry, apple, oak, clove, floral, light bourbon, grass, pepper, and floral earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, light fruits, clove, oak, pepper, light whiskey, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt and fruitiness; with moderate barrel presence and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice and unique amber ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors, with moderate barrel presence; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1858) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Tap. Pours red with thin head. Aroma is vanilla and malt. Taste is subtle butterscotch and oak.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
I tried a sample of this at a beer tasting. Clear amber color with off-white head. Malty, vanilla scent. Taste is similar, with a bit of a whiskey taste as well. It’s ok.


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