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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).


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Light bourbon aroma nice dark tan head some mild malt mostly masked by the whiskey, relatively heavy, one note...


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4333) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2014
This one poured a medium brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of whiskey, burnt sugar, and dark fruits. Flavro was similar, dark fruits, brown sugar and a good amount of whiskey. Pretty interesting brew from weyerbacher, reminded me of backwoods a bit actually, just straight whiskey in a bottle without the burn.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
9er (75) - Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Aroma: alcohol, vanilla, passion fruit, bubblegum Pour: Perfect deep golden bronze Taste: bourbon, mild woody essence, resin, caramel ester, roasted coffee Palate: semi-sweet, meduim body, elegant, semi smooth,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8667) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2817) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
The aroma is fruity, whiskey, bread. The Appearance is red/brown, murky, no head. The flavor is fruity, whiskey, bready. The finish is sweet, fruity, light whiskey. Medium in body. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3670) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Poured a dark brown color from the bottle with aromas of dough, whisky, chocolate, and light vanilla. Flavors are the same, a very solid beer overall glad I got this beer as an extra.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1365) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle from a generous trader. Thanks man! Pours a murky dark brown with small yellowish khaki head. Aroma is nutty toffee, biscuit, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, molasses. Very nice. Flavor is big nuttiness up front--pecans and hazelnuts--with a whiskey background, toffee, and a lingering pecan whiskey and dark fruit (almost a lingering Belgian dubbel flavor). Body is thin for a barrel aged brew but manages the barrel well. More than adequate carbonation, and a sipping beer for a nice Friday night. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2013
bottle. pours brown with solid tan head. big whiskey and dried fruit aroma. taste is mediun body lots of crene brulee notes nice whiskey taste

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9077) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4007) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2013
12oz bottle from Capones. Poured an almost black super dark brown bodyt with a smaller foamy tight dark beige head. Aroma is nice with notes of vanilla, bourbon, barrel, old chcolate muffin batter. Body is medium overall with rather lively carbonation and an average duration on the aftertaste. Flavor actually gets better with warmth. Notes of lighter bourbon, vanilla, wet wood, old chocolate, brown bread, alcohol. Not bad.


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