Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged

RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Is it right? Seems a bit excessive really. But we did it anyway, because we can. We have aged our Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale in bourbon barrels and it is ready to drink. Yep, that 10% ABV monstrosity has been, as they say, kicked up a notch. It was a quick stay in the barrel. We didn’t want the beer to lose all of it’s hallmark hoppiness. And after only a couple of months, a lot remains. Flavors of vanilla and oak now intertwine with the malty sweetness and are countered by a pronounced hop bitterness. What was complex is now impossible to unravel. It really has to be tasted to be understood.

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3.6
dnstone (3527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2017
Pours a copper color with off white head. Sweet malty aroma with bourbon boozy notes. Sweet, malty forward with heavy bourbon vanilla/oak boozy character. Notes: Westport Strong Ale Festival 2017

3.9
Zymurgeist2 (2364) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 14, 2017
Draught at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City. Pours a clear born with minimal off-white head of small bubbles that quickly fades to collar. Rich plum and cherry. Alcohol notes very present. Taste is rich, but there is a bit too much of a nod to the alcohol here; which shows higher than a 10%er to me. Caramel throughout.

3.8
SG111 (2033) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Tap at CK Diggs. Pours murky copper brown, tan head. Aroma is lots of caramel, toffee, malt, bourbon, booze. Flavor is bourbon heavy, caramel vanilla, toffee, really pronounced bitter bite, almost astringent. Flavor is nice up front, not the best finish. But still enjoyable. Really nice nose.

3.9
Dogbrick (13777) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Sample at the Ballast Point tasting room in Temecula. The beer pours a deep reddish-brown color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, malt and vanilla. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, vanilla and caramel malt. Some hops in the background. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.9
beerbaaron (2046) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Draft. Murky. Almost no head. Medium body. Barrel character integrated nicely. A good level of sweetness. Beautiful dark fruit. Nice dark maltiness underneath. Warm. Some booziness. Semi-dry woody finish. Good

3.7
Theydon_Bois (20632) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2015
Keg at BP Little Italy, 13/11/14. Rich amber with reddish hues topped with a moderate beige swirl and edgeing. Nose is bourbon, oak, caramel, light spice, dark fruit rinds, orchard tones, toffee apple. Taste comprises toasted brown sugar, candied fruit peel, toffee, sweet licks, subtle bourbon oak soak splash dash. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light warming alochol in the close. Solid enough BA strong, bitter edge kicks in at the close which tempers the sweetness well.

3.1
crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Draft. Red pour, it has picked up some earthy spice notes in the barrel, a hint more toasted malt bitter, hops are pretty vegetale and earthy at this point.

3.8
tcon25 (941) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Draft pour at Ballast point original, amber color, barrel aroma mixed with wort aroma. Heavy booze flavor along with spicy and hops.

3.9
slowrunner77 (12861) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Can’t say this is better than the "regular" Tongue Buckler,. The hops are such that they still come through, though the barrel is strong as well. Nice sipper, a must for any big fans of BA beers.

4.8
jbsevert (1) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2013 does not count
Poured from a bottle. Not much head. Deep red color. Smell of hops hits you instantly. Deep malty flavor up front followed by a punch of west coast hops.


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