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Weyerbacher Whiskey Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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“Whiskey Barrel Aged” is a big, dark, malty Brown Ale aged in whiskey barrels. It comes in at 9.0% ABV and 27 IBU. We used a blend of six different malts to give this one notes of sweet dried fruits. The beer was then aged in whiskey barrels to impart big flavors of vanilla, oak, and whiskey. As with all of our Brewers’ Select Series, there is only a limited run of 12 oz bottles available exclusively in the Weyerbacher Visitors Center and the rest of the beer is kegged and sent into the market for select bars and restaurants. Whiskey Barrel Aged is a once-and-done beer like the rest of them. A Lesson in Labels and Names We sometimes forget, as brewers, that there are lots of questions our loyal imbibers may have with regard to why some things are the way they are on a given label. To those that have done this for a long time, it’s just business… get the labels approved so everyone can get the beer! But as a reasonably new person in the brewing industry, I often wonder what else goes into it. I’ve overheard hours of debate about the new labels as we transition the core brands and the rest of the seasonals. I’ve heard some of the roadblocks and the debates about the challenges to overcome. This beer presented me with an opportunity to understand a bit more about the seemingly crazy label process and this post gave me an opportunity to pull back the curtain for you… just a bit. The phonetic letter for “W” in the NATO alphabet is Whiskey. This should be no surprise…. nor should it be a surprise to see that it would be difficult to name a beer after another form of alcohol. It is also no secret that getting a label approved with the feds can be a bit tricky if you have to convey a point and stick within a theme which, in theory, runs against the guidelines for label approval. We thought it would be difficult to figure out how to make a beer called “Whiskey” but we were delighted to receive prompt approval for the name “Whiskey Barrel Aged”. What we really didn’t count on was how hard it is to explain this quirk of labels to the public. So, herein, we will attempt to set the record straight on what “Whiskey Barrel Aged Ale Aged in Whiskey Barrels” really means and why it is worded like that. The federal government’s label rules state that your labels must meet many criteria. With this label we had a significant challenge to overcome: Use the word “Whiskey” in the actual name of the beer yet still clearly indicate that it is a BEER and not if fact a WHISKEY. There is a requirement to specifically indicate what the product actually is; words like “Ale” and “Lager” and “Stout” are all accepted names for forms of beer. Well, Whiskey clearly isn’t. This is where the “fanciful name” and “statement of process” come in. A “fanciful name” can be nearly anything so we decided to describe what the beer is AS its name. We then indicate what it is (ALE) and then follow that up with a “statement of process”. As you look at the label, it says: Whiskey Barrel Aged ALE AGED IN WHISKEY BARRELS Why does it look like we had a lesson in redundancy from the Department of Redundancy Department? Because the “fanciful name” is “Whiskey Barrel Aged”, a description of what our beer is, however the requirement to further indicate it is in fact a BEER and further describe how the beer differs from others follows explaining how we made the beer as the “statement of process”. Here’s where it gets tricky: The word “Ale” in this case, can NOT be a part of the “fanciful name”… hence why the name seems to be a an abruptly ended sentence without a subject. Confused yet? Me, too. SO, ON THAT NOTE: We bring to you the 23rd installment in our brewers’ Select Series: Whiskey (barrel aged).


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31625) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2012
From tap at Churchkey. Pours hazy dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is overripe fruity and roasted dark malt. SMooth whiskey, light fruity and mild vanilla wooden. Smooth caramelish, whiskey and light fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9629) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Tap at the Ginger Man, NYC, 23/11/13. Dark mahogony brown with a moderate light tan head that clears to a covering. Nose is rich roast, subtle bourbob, dark toffee fudge, a thin chocolate vein resonates from atop the glass. Taste comprises oaky bourbonics, rich chocolate laced fudge, dark malt, dark toffee, light boozedom, more bourbon than on the nose. Medium bodied with bite, a little prickly on the carbonation front, a touch over carbed in this respect, bourbon booze in the finish. Decent number, let down a little by being a touch overcarbonated. The booze is well integrated.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle @ Matt’s house, courtesy of bushmat1. Pours a brown appearance with a cream colored head. Whiskey, dark fruity, vanilla, a bit citrusy, slightly strange aroma. Cherry, mild berry, whiskey, caramel, slightly tangy flavor. Not my favorite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2012
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a brown color with a larger sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Whiskey, vanilla, oaky/wood, caramel, and some dark fruits. Marshmallows. Some tastes I got light whiskey and some strong whiskey. Alcohol contend overall well hidden. I liked this.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8001) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours thick jet black with 1-finger off-white head that laces extremely well. Definite 5 for look. Nose is huge oaky bourbon, cacao, brown sugar, I get black patent and chocolate malt, vanilla, prune, graham crackers. Tastes oaky, bourbony, with cacao, blackberry, graham cracker, prunes, vanilla, and a rich, smooth palate. Gets a tad hot late, and goes all over the place, but is absolutely unique and delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6707) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
On tap at Max’s. Pours a lightly hazed cocoa brown with a touch of ruby to it and a thin beige head. Sweet malt and cocoa, wood and bourbon, vanilla. Medium bodied, wood and sweetness, oak and soft malt. Lightly boozy, chewy chocolate malt. Cocoa and roast, long cocoa bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6322) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Matt! Dark black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of nice whiskey, some slight oak, hints of earth, chocolate, some slight caramel. Taste is caramel, toffee, and not much else other than the whiskey, lots of whiskey and oak in there. Tastes good, but not a whole lot going on.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5916) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2012
12oz glass bottle (or a glass like product) .. . deep tan .. healthy foam .. . great champ but you’ve been slippin .. . very light whiskey .. pretty good i guess, well, for a weyer at least .. .. mr roper , mr roper

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5548) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Draft at blind tiger with Dallas. Pours a deep, deep brown with white lacing. Aroma is oak, vanilla and sweet molasses. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of vanilla, oak, sweet malts and light bourbon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5380) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Hazy dark brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, whiskey, cocoa, some dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste of caramel malts, vanilla, light roast, bourbon, and a sharp alcoholic finish.


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