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Thirsty Dog Bourbon Barrel Aged Orthus

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Belgian-style Dubbel aged in bourbon barrels


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4221) - Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2016
750 ml bottle into chalice, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light nuttiness, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light nuttiness, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some light-moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast/oak spice as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/prickly balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged dubbel style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (3547) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear cherry brown with a fluffy beige head, fishnet lace. Aroma of dark fruit, malt, and light spice. Taste is somewhat watery big spiced malt along raisin and dough. The alcohol is present, but doesn’t overtake anything. A decent brew, but there are a lot better Dubbels out there. Average.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (21632) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Draft @ Třrst, Brooklyn. Pours a dark ruby amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty strong bourbon aroma with weak yeasty caramel hints. Fruity malty bourbon flavor with weak hints of vanilla and caramel. Sweetish malty bourbon vanilla and caramel finish with weak yeasty hints.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (10512) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
Draft - Lots of raisin and prune. Deep maroon with a decent beige head. Dark fruit, dark sugars and a sweet raisin boozy finish. Bourbon is there but works well with the flavours. Palate is a bit light.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blipp (7775) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Draft at Rattle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Big bourbony notes right up front, with some sweet fruit, light toasted bread, and odd hints of acidity. Too much barrel. Drinkable, but really not that good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3097) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2013
snifter at World of Beer, Raleigh, North Hills. good aroma. sweet. bourbon. malty. caramel. clean orangy brown color. good head that faded. spotty lace. sweet flavor. light body creamy thin mouthfeel. sweet finish good , tad thin on finish strong on bourbon, weak on finish.....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weissblau (19) - - DEC 19, 2013
Nice brown-ale appearance with low head and little lace. Smells alcoholic with nutmeg and caramel. Tastes very alcoholic, roasted malts and caramel with a bit of the nutmeg. An interesting beer but a challenge to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (4532) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2013
On tap at the source. Pours a darker copper to amber with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet malt and esters with some barrel notes on top. Taste is sweet and boozy with some banana esters and chocolate notes. Really nice stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2013
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a brownish color with an off white head. Woody, earth, some frutiness and some breadiness. Overall the barrel aging on the subtle side with just a trace of bourbon.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (2400) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass in Philly. Snifter. Very dark ruby pour with a slight white head. Bit of runny lace. Nice bourbon notes over some dark red fruit flavors. Bing cherries. Plums. Caramel apples. Challah bread. Dried stawberries. Pecans. Burnt cherry cordials. Dark and juicy. I could easily drink this again.


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