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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fakebeersnob (137) - 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 (1861) - 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 (2468) - 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 (1478) - 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 (178) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3277) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a smal tight tan head. Aroma of bourbon, strong oak, nice beer; This is interesting. Medium bodied. Finished interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2013
22oz bomber for $8.99. Poured a hazy amber with a thin head. Aroma was mild with a little sharpness. I figured I’d get more whiskey in the nose, but it’s more boozy I’d say. Flavor surprised me a little. I was expecting that ol’ bourbon barrel flavor, but it was more herbal and spicy. A little unusual for me, and tasted kind of experimental. Good beer, but maybe I need to try it again to acquire a taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2013
Draft. Aroma has notes of almonds, caramel, cereal malts, vanilla and wood. Nice. Medium dark amber hue with an average off-white head that left little lace. Flavor is heavy sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily average. Incredible for an amber ale. A lot going on here.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
wedgie9 (1837) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2013
Tasted 0n 4/11/13 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle sent to me in the Easter Bunny BIF. I am very excited to finally try something from this brewery. Pours clear dark amber with a thin off-white head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is caramel malt with some vanilla oak, but it seems to have begun souring. The flavor is much more sour up front with all of the caramel malt and barrel flavors taking a back seat. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long sour and caramel malt finish. I was very excited to try this beer, but unfortunately, I believe it infected.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Compared to the northern owl: better in every way. Aroma is awesome. Marshmallow, caramel, and gentle bourbon. Daringly easy to drink in flavor, and wonderful mouthfeel. I loved it, after not loving the standard amber variant.


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