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The Bruery Bourbon Barrel Aged Levuds



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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1952) - 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 (2437) - 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 (7236) - 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 (5002) - 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 (2250) - 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 (9189) - 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 (7182) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Clear golden pour with not much head. Aroma is sweet caramel and bourbon. Taste is also sweet with mild bourbon and mild coconut molasses and vanilla. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
750 mL bottle courtesy of Nate at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 3/19/11. Bottle 135/456. Pours a clear copper color with a thin head that fades quickly. Big bourbon aroma with notes of vanilla, wood and booze. Some faint stone fruits are present but the wonderful fruitiness of the base beer is obliterated by the bourbon. The taste is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, maple, apricot, strawberries, leafy hops. burnt sugar, faint booze.Medium-full bodied. Still a good beer, but the bourbon aging detracts from the base beer in my mind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5941) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2011
cool! don’t remember the bottle number, we were trying to hard to get the weird child wax off .. . Pours a deep gold, some light foam .. . mmm, this is much nicer than the original levud, light saison notes again but with oak and wood .. . good stuff, but like levud, rarity drives this more than quality .. . This is the greatest case of false advertising I’ve seen since I sued the movie The Never Ending Story...

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