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The Bruery Bourbon Barrel Aged Levuds



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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
The Bruery Batch No.1 - Levuds aged in oak barrels for 4 months.

From the brewer: "The last 5 cases of BA Levuds do not have wax and are not numbered. They just say Bourbon Barrel Aged above the label. We didn’t like the look of the wax, so we changed the system midway through."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7825) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2015
750 ml bottle shared by alexsdad06- thanks again, Brad! Bottle 155/456. Horrible wax job; they must’ve used the same wax guy that New Glarus uses for their fruited beers. Green bottle, "Bourbon Barrel Aged" written in gold sharpie, also has a small gold wax stamped seal between the writing and the top wax. Anyway, it pours a barely cloudy deep golden color with no head. Looks its age. Notes of vanilla, brown and toasted cane sugars, oak, caramel, peach, apricot, toast, and earth. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, smooth mouthfeel Probably better originally but oxidation has certainly done some work here. Still very interesting and fun to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9287) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle (shared by alexsdad06 at phaleslu’s 2015 fall tasting - had a bottle with the crappy wax even). Wood, candi sugar, lemon/orange malt and bourbon aroma. Golden yellow with minimal head. Sweet candi sugar, lemon malt, and moderately bitter hay/bourbon flavor. Nice body. A bit boozy but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1580) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
750 ml bottle, shared by OldMrCrow at a recent Seattle RB tasting. Sampled next to the non-BA version. Treat this review as a delta from batch 1. Appearance: Clear, gold, slightly darker but still pale. No head. Aroma on this is nice - oldness, sure, but also molasses, vanilla, citrus. Sweetness isn’t as pronounced, but it’s still obviously sweet. So so smooth. Slight warmth, caramel. I really am enjoying this. Drying finish, viscous smooth texture. I like this. Thanks again for sharing these!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2198) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle from my cellar, shared at a Seattle tasting.

Sticky wax melted all over my hands on hot days, then cracks and falls away from the bottle in the fridge. No wonder they stopped waxing these. Deep golden-brown pour with no head but quite decent carbonation, just like the regular Levuds. There is a really nice melding of the bourbon barrel character here with the underlying sweet base. This is much, much better than the non-barrel aged version. I kind of like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3414) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
750ml bottle at a Seattle tasting. More tart barrel flavor. Quite vanilla up front and good bourbony finish. Caramel, tart, honey. Nice, much better than the original version of this beer which we tasted alongside this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (10049) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a hazy dark orange with a tiny head. Nose brings out notes of bourbon barrels, followed by tomato juice, and vanilla. Flavour tastes like pure bourbon and vanilla, finishing fairly soft and alcoholic. Way better than the regular Levuds, but still not amazing. Nearly flat palate, with an oily feel. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (8462) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle. - Barrel and bourbon notes. Clear gold with no head. Sweet fruit and some barrel notes. Not great, but better than the non barrel version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2655) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle# 158 /456 Bottle poured into snifter. A: Hazy Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head Ring, No Lacing S: Vanilla, Bourbon T: Vanilla, Bourbon, Semi Sweet Malts M: No Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet Overall, I like the barrel effect to the beer, but definitely has the age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
750ml bottle. Red wax that was falling off. Side x side - Levuds and BA Levuds. Bottle #94/456. Poured a golden color with a small sized head. Fruity, some woodiness, caramel, lighter bourbon, and vanilla. This one held up decently and blew away the non BA version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2013
750mL bottle, #45 (I think) of 456.. with some ugly-a$$ pink wax on top. Poured translucent, fiery golden with no head on top.. looked quite still.. loved the color. The aroma picked up semi-sweet bourbon and lightly-metallic-lightly-funky barrel above all else.. toasted, medium-skinned fruits, banana esters, and a hit of anise behind.. black pepper and tangy fruit skins on the very warm back of the nose. The flavor found syrupy fruits (starfruit, overripe pear, and peach kernel come tom mind) and some licorice at the core.. tangy oak, fruit skins, and sweet bourbon around.. picked up fruit-like funk, more barrel, and full-belly warmth on the long finish. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. coating, even through it was kind of slick.. a tad too heavy-handed, but it was definitely tasty, and age mellowed it out nicely.

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