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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3525) - Chagrin Falls, 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.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4866) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Tap. Brown with small head. Seems boozier than 7%. Light bourbon with mild malt. I don’t know why but I’m only eh about this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3795) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle from the brewery. Pours a murky brown with no real head. Aroma that reminds me of slightly tart fruit and darker, dusty malts. Flavor was a mix of more tartness, a little dry earth and a little booze at the end. Okay but seemed disjointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6892) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrana (640) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11290) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1612) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fakebeersnob (320) - Salt Lake City, Utah, 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.

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