Smog City Bourbon Barrel Aged OE
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22535) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2015
12th September 2015
Almost clear deep red beer, good pale tan head. Big bourbon nose. Palate is surprisingly light and has mild minerally crispness. Big bourbon - spicy. Toffee - cream malts underneath. Trace of vanilla oak. Fruity bourbon before a light dry finish. Warming afterglow. Pretty full on bourbon! Hides the abv reasonably well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10555) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle at De Garde quarterly. Pours a clear brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is bourbon, toffee, roast. Thin mouth, candy sugar, caramel, bourbon, very sweet, really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12936) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle - Caramel and a bit of cocoa on the nose. Deep brown with no head. Lots of sweet fig and very syrupy. Sweet, but nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2015
no way man. This is drinking maple syrup. Wayt o cloying sweet, my teeth hurt after this, this isnt beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2873) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Clear dark amber pour with a slight white head. Big bourbon nose. Boozy, malty, toffee, marshmallow, yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
On tap at the source. Pours dark brown with a thin mocha head. Aroma is mocha. Flavor is coffee with bourbon. Finishes bitter and really dry. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Draft at Tustin Brewing. Marked as the "2010" version. Pours a cola brown with minimal white to tan head. Aroma is caramel, oak chips, acorns (odd) and some vanilla. Taste was a very well rounded caramel, barrel, malty balanced barley wine. No hops. Nice barley wine but couldn’t really deal with it on a 90 degree November afternoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
On tap. Pours with a near black body, sort of cola like with a minimal off-white head. Aromas of cola, dates, char, dark fruit, milk chocolate, and a lot of barrel. Fruity with a good bit of bourbon. Flavors are of toffee, toasty, caramel, maple, cola, barrel, vanillin, dark fruit and drying tannins. Medium-low carbonation and nicely warming.
Earlier Rating: 1/22/2011 Total Score: 3.8
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad’s Barrel Blast. Listed at 12% ABV. Pours with a clear garnet brown body with an off-white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, coconut, toasted oak, raisins and Playdoh. Flavors of caramel, raisins, alcohol and tons of toffee. Lively bubbles with some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13618) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Tap sample. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
18-Jan-11 (Draft: Tustin Brewing Co. in Tustin, CA) I sampled this beer at the recent Barrel Blast festival at Pizza Port Carlsbad, and liked it, but at the brewpub, in a non-festival setting where attention can more easily be paid to details, this beer is superb. The nose is bourbon, vanilla, coconut, dried apricot, toffee, caramel, and almond paste, and though the barrel characteristics are quite prominent, they don’t overpower the fruity and malty features of the base beer, and the beer does not smell boozy. Highly aromatic and enticing, it’s a beer I could sit here and sniff all day. On the palate, the beer is medium-high in sweetness and is quite fruity, with flavors of raisins, figs, prunes, and dried apricots (which provide a touch of balancing tartness). It’s also very malty as one would expect from a barley wine, with flavors of caramel and toffee. The bourbon flavor is light, but the coconut and vanilla show a bit more prominence, yet remaining balanced against the fruit and malt flavors. It’s fairly sweet, but it’s malty rather than sugary and is not cloying. In fact, there is a nice dryness in the finish that partners with the slight acidity to create a very drinkable barley wine. The beer is full bodied on the palate with medium-minus carbonation and no boozy burn at all. Medium-brown in color and fully transparent, but the wispy head dissipates before the color could be ascertained. No lacing, obviously. Overall, this is very well done. The bourbon barrel effects are perfect, allowing the base beer to shine. And it’s not too sweet like many bourbon versions of sweet, malty beers. Definitely a beer worth seeking out if you’re in Orange County.

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