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Willimantic Jack Daniels Raisin Old Ale

Willimantic Jack Daniels Raisin Old Ale
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
The Mail Order Raisin Old Ale aged in Jack Daniels barrels for 7 weeks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Old cleaned up notes: Pours dark mahogany with a thin ring of bubbles. Oaky and boozy aroma. Tastes sweet and boozy with some sourness coming through from the oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
Very good, but I actually prefer the non-barrel aged version a little better. Served in a snifter, comes a very dark brown with red edges and a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet, chocolaty, with strong bourbon and woody notes. Flavor starts with some nice sweetness, chocolate and caramel, then turns a bit dry with oak and bourbon shining through Oak is stronger than the whisky flavors, and dominates the flavor profile. This isn’t nearly as hot as I thought it would be, the oak flavor dries it out and the whisky seems a bit subdued. Needless to say, very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
Dark candied fruits soaked in bourbon with plenty of oak and vanilla notes. Opaque black body with low tan head that recedes to ring. Dark fruits and dark malts balance the sweetness with lightly sour notes. Bourbon and oak (vanilla) shine through and complement without overwhelming the character of the beer. Medium body with smooth, creamy texture that is fairly still and almost uncarbonated but that seems to work well for this one. I certainly found the barrel aging added an interesting note to this beer as compared to the regular version. Sampled at the brewpub with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4466) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #46. Glass at the brewpub. Dark maple syrup with a lasting touch of cream...whiskey-soaked raisins as expected, but they don’t overpower lovely anise, chocolate and tobacco...extremely fruity body, raisins and cherries, a bit of milky sourness...woody barrel notes are complimentary throughout, not dominating...sherry-port qualities muted until the very end...just beautiful, a touch more interesting than the regular version, though both are excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Reddish dark brown, off-white lasting ring. Diplomatic whiskey barrel nose, not too aggressive on the alcohol and yet intensely aromatic. Complex fruit flavours blend with the cask wood with savant skill. Unleashes bits of earthy and leathery undertones when sniffing harder and then becomes very vinous. On the palate, this feels sweeter, more fatiguing than the regular version, more vinous and less evolving. There’s certainly a contemplative fruit depth, honest herbal or green undertones and pleasant cask hints and I can see why the people I was with all preferred the barrel aged version, but I must admit I’m leaning toward the regular for its fuller body and dark bread nuances that makes it livelier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Serving at room temperature emphasizes the tasteful touch of the Jack Daniels barrels on the raisins...A soft and creamy cask feel blesses us with roasted malt delicacy, red wine class and clove-y liveliness...Expertly restraint and sagacious flavor placement for the most spiritual celebrations...

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