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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Reilly’s Oak Whiskey Red gets its distinguished flavor from aging in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels for up to one year. The aroma of bourbon jumps out at you, followed by delicate toffee. The flavor is rich and complex, with slight vanilla, oak and caramel. This medium bodied ale has a lovely pale ruby color and creamy, off-white head. The finish is clean with a slight warming sensation.

Awards: Gold Medal GABF 07’


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5006) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Not every beer fares well when aged in a bourbon barrel - take this one, for example - the base beer is not burly enough to stand up to several months in the barrel - as a result, we get a lot of barrel and bourbon, but not a whole lot of the beer - there is no interplay between the base beer and the barrel - however, the fact that the base beer is a session beer makes it so there is none of the usual booziness that you might associate with a bourbon-aged beer - so there are some good aspects, there is just too much barrel in this.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4381) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Sure, it smells like bourbon, but there’s a chemical note in there that reminded me of my childhood somehow - maybe modeling clay. Aroma also reminds me of grape soda. Cloudy dark red, fair label, squat US potato-masher micro bottle. Tangy, moderately sweet, artificial froot flavors - like grape Now & Laters, not very bitter, moderately astringent. Didn’t love it.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
The aroma is sweet with caramel, toasted oak, bourbon, and a touch of sourness. The appearance is medium red brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with both yummy caramel-bourbon and nasty sourness. The palate is OK. Overall a real enigma I don’t know if it has quality issues or just a bad mix.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
12oz bottle from my Colorado connection - thanks, Prof! Can’t say I’m at all a fan of the style, but TP managed to do something at least a bit distinctive. Deep copper pour, with minimal carbonation and more than sediment: actual chunks, yo! That’s earthy. Sharp nose, almost astringent, surprising if the beer has actually been aged for the full year. Mild tartness in the flavor, toffee malts beneath, but overall way too sharp and barrel-heavy.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Hazy reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of whiskey, grains, caramel and mild bready malt. Taste is a bit rough, doesn’t come across too well. Sour whiskey, caramel, light vanilla and oak and notes of fruit. Meh.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
maxwelldeux (3812) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy dark brown color with a moderate off-white head. Nose is odd - once I read the description, I see why. The toffee and bourbon really come through, especially the toffee. Bourbon really comes through in the taste, but little else does. Not my type of beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3646) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 17, 2014
Very nice in flavour, in aroma too. Very heavy in features but ver good brewed this one.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Tap at brewery during GABF 2009, listed as Reilley’s Oak Whiskey Red.
Pours an aroma of weak, watered-down bottom-shelf whiskey with a body of deep amber. Flavor is raisin vomit (yes, raisins can puke) and bottom-shelf whiskey. Watery mouthfeel. Hopefully, Reilley killed himself.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
bottle... medium brown with a some amber, murky, light tan head forms a ring... the aroma is light, thought it would be much stronger, a whisper of bourbon is nice and smooth, generic toffe on the finish, nothing bad, just too light and boring... this beer is just off, seems slightly infected with a tart bitter note, flat but a terrible mouthfeel, mostly rye, no bourbon, just not a good combo

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3453) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Bottle: Hazy and dark amber with a thin head. Soft and smooth texture. Mild carbonation to boot. Flavors and aromas were quite pleasant (caramel, wood, vanilla, butter cookies, sugared fruit). Sweet whiskey was a nice touch. Bitterness was very mild; I wanted a bit more. Maybe a pinch more alcohol, too.


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