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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 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fakebeersnob (322) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2012
This had just gone on tap at Right Brain, so I didn’t get an updated description. My server said that this was whiskey barrel aged, I’m guessing by itself without the "splash of Dead Kettle" that "Dead Owl" gets. If anyone gets an actual description, please add it. Anyway, this one poured a hazy copper leaving plenty of nice lacing. Nose indicated subtle traditional whiskey barrel notes of vanilla and oak as well as some toffee butter riding atop sweet caramel malt. Flavor was quite sweet. Palate was bigger, smooth, oily with a decent amount of whiskey barrel on the finish. Another nice interpretation of the Hawk Owl Amber. Not a huge whiskey beer, which is decent if you want the flavor without being nailed to wherever you’re sitting. I liked it.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (1267) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Pours deep golden. Small white head. Aroma is bourbon, mild booze, amber malt notes, caramel. Flavor is scotch, toffee, caramel. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (2108) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Amber. Smells like wood. Strong barrel oak flavor. Caramel. Tasted at Right Brain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4925) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 10, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass was amber with a white head. Nose of citrus and floral hops and a blast of whiskey. Medium body. Flavor is bit on the whiskey and the finish is boozy and bitter. Damn good.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4669) - 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.

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