RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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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3.8
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
On tap at TJ’s. Deep purple brown with a ring of foam. Nose is bourbon, caramel, wood and blackberry. Medium body with a hot tang. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, caramel and earthy sour cherry.

4.1
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Tap @ hamiltons. Fuck yeah...this is tongue buckler stripped of the palate raping hoppiness and dosed with smooth boozy softness. This is the way tongue buckler was meant to be...I like the reg version but this is a fuck bunch of a step up. Fruity malty/hop flavors come out...smooth with the barrel influence. I hate rating beers and typing stupid shit like this so I’m gonna stop talking now, apply some random numbers to make it a high rating and then ima fuck off just like you should.

3.5
thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Aroma, more hop forward than i expected. Taste is vanilla and hop forward which is odd here. Good hop retention but still not sure how the barrel works here. The vanilla is there but doesn’t really bring much to the table.

3.8
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Flavor of caramel, orange, toffee, light pine, bourbon, wood, and vanilla with a dry, bitter finish.

3.7
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
10oz pour, $6 at O’Brien’s. Phone rate. Hazy medium brownish orange with a small creamy beige head, down to a lasting thick film. Nose has dominant bourbon with moderate toffee notes following. Flavor has dominant bourbon and wood with citrus green hops and toffee behind. Def not as hoppy as the regular version, but definitely doesn’t taste like old hops. Moderate sweet caramel follows to a semi-dry earthy finish, bitterness peaking at a 5. Low carbonation with a big full sticky body. Bourbon does not improve everything, but this is still good. Not as good as the original, as LtDan says below me. My 8 and 7 are interchangeable for aroma and flavor.

3
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Appearance: pours an iced tea brown with a white micro film for head.

Aroma: Dark fruit bouquet. Cherry Cough drops.

Taste: Sweet toasty malt, bitter hops, finishes with an earthy barrel note.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, modest carbonation.

Overall: I like my Tongue Buckler fresh and hoppy. I didn’t like it once it was put in the bourbon barrel.

3.6
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Clear orange with a fizzy white head. Bourbon and molasses aroma and taste with candy sugar notes and a sweet citrus finish.

3.5
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2011
The aroma is sticky malty sweet, just like a typical English Barleywine. The beer pours amber with a candy red hue and off white head. It tastes resiny malty sweet with the hops ending on the palate. There is a bit of a bourbon bite as well that manages to stay somewhat smooth.

4.3
PhillyCraft (7714) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2011
On tap, poured a dark reddish orange with one finger white head that faded quickly leaving not much lacing behind. Predominant aromas of vanilla and oak. Other scents of orange peel, peat whiskey bourbon, pine. Taste is good vintage oaky wood notes with vanilla ice cream, whiskey, caramel, and a tad of butterscotch. Insanely awesome barrel aged beer from Ballast Point. Very complex and spirit like.

3.9
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Draft, RBSG bus tour. Medium beige head, hazy red body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, some Bourbon, caramel, light cherry/raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, some smoke, Bourbon. Medium-full body, some stickiness.


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