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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Common brewed at Speakeasy by the San Francisco Brewers Guild as a collaboration beer for San Francisco Beer Week 2010.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Tasted on tap at the 10th Bistro Double IPA Festival on 2/6/2010. This California Common pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, caramel and yeasty. A medium bodied California Common. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange and yeasty. A slightly touch of wood, mostly at the finish. It has that ‘steam beer’ ester and yeast, but with a lot more ester and yeast. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Fifteenth rating of the beer. Tap at Blue Palms. I thought this was pretty un-remarkable, but for me that sort of comes with the territory of this under-developed style. Nose is sort of sweet malt, clean water. Color is a thin lagery yellow-gold. Flavor is a more full lager with bigger esters and malt sweetness. Bourbon barrel doesn’t show through at all - if anything, the wood character blends nicely with what little malt there is, but that is not pronounced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3477) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
On tap at the Rose & Crown during SF Beer Week. Clear golden-copper color with a small off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is very biscuity and slightly woody. A little caramel and grain. Flavor is biscuit and caramel malt, maybe a little grain. Oaky -bal aging is evident, as well as a slight hint of vanilla. Whiskey is extremely subtle. Flavor is similar to an amped-up -bal aged Fat Tire. Very nice mouthfeel - medium bodied and fairly dry, with some slight hop bitterness. Overall this beer is pretty good for what it is. Drinkability is high.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Tasted at brewery. Golden with a fizzy head and a faint malty aroma. Smooth palate and an earthy mildly caramel taste with some sugar notes. Decent.
Earlier Rating: 2/13/2010 Total Score: 3.8
Clear golden red with a fizzy white head. Caramel and toffee aroma with some grapefruit notes. Sweet malty, caramel, grapefruit, and candy tastes with a smooth silky palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2010
On tap at Thirsty Bear brewpub. Pours amber with copper edges and lasting light tan head. The aroma is light with caramel mixing with yeast and dates. The taste is sweet to start with. I get caramel covered dates, roasty malts and a light level of yeastiness. It smooths out into the finish leaving mainly caramel maltiness, an almost coriander spicy sense and some roasty malts heading into the after taste. The roast here helps prevent it from becoming too sweet. I didn’t get anything from this beer that even hints that it was even stored next to a Whiskey barrel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
On tap at the Hopyard. Pours a reddish clear amber gold with an off white creamy head. Looks good. The aroma is fruity and hoppy with tropical fruit, banana, pine, peach, grapefruit and caramel. The flavor is spicy and bitter with alcohol and fruit basket. Very hoppy bitter finish. I didn’t pick up any barrel notes. Well executed, but I’m not sure I like the concept.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Tap at the Blind Tiger for Very Special keg night: whiskey, smokey aftertaste mild fruit esters, grapes, apples and pears, vineous and boozey with hints of vanilla and a medicinal, boozey finish. A tasty and rare release.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Draught at Bistro’s 10th DIPA festival. I know, not a DIPA, but I had to give this one a try just for kicks. Imperial common? Why not; and why don’t we age it in whiskey barrels while we’re at it? Actually, not a bad beer, but not really my cup of tea. Amber with a small head. Spicy grain and caramel aroma with a touch of whiskey alcohol. Lots of earthy caramel in the flavor with lower bitterness and a lightly sweet graininess in the finish. Decently hoppy in flavor, with lots of earth and a touch of mint. Just a touch of barrel character with some woody spice and light alcohol. Medium bodied. Interesting, and really does work that northern brewer common character, but notched up a bit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2130) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz as part of a flight. Pours amber in the sample-sized glass, with a small tan head. Aroma is grainy and bready with some caramel and oak. Flavor, in addition to the expected cereal grains and fresh bread, has a hint of lime, which could either be some sort of sour mash whiskey note or a crappy tap line (50/50 chance for each option). Very little spirit influence as far as I can tell, maybe a little thinning of the body with some astringency. Some dry earthy hoppiness but not a particularly characterful beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Draft @ TAPS Petaluma. Pours a bright, clear, medium orange-caramel color, like bright brass; solid, fine-bubbled white head with good retention and solid lacing. Crisp, refreshing aroma of wet and lightly honeyed malts, well-attenuated, toasty, no alcohol, no barrel showing through. Medium-to-full body: average levels of carbonation; slightly alcoholic warmth coming through as this warms up; well-attenuated, toasty and malty brew with an almost imperceptible barrel character; seems like a larger version of Anchor Steam or an underhopped amber: toasty, malty, pleasantly dry, but underwhelming. Well-made blandness. Lasting finish of toasty malts and hints of brown sugar.


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