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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Our first installment in our 435-part series, known as the Colorado Barrel Collective.

Installment 1: Barrel-Aged Old Ale

This Edition of the Colorado Barrel Collective is a Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Ale

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (1278) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle. Hazy reddish brown with a small beige head. Aromas of whiskey, caramel, biscuit, oak, and vanilla. Flavor is sweet whiskey and caramel notes, light oak and vanilla. Medium bodied, lingering whiskey and caramel.

DenverLogan (1299) - North Bend, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2017
From a pint bottle poured into a stem glass. Yeah it’s got color, head & body, but brewer/owner Eric said wait a year to open. It’s was bottled April 2014. Aging with American (non-sour) beers doesn’t usually work beyond a year or two (not like Belgians), but this baby seems at it’s peak. Low carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Bourbon-malt aroma and similar flavors...a bit rough for the uninitiated. I’ll admit I’ve aged this for a special occasion, my B-day, but beyond that it’s a big, bad, tasty Mo-fo I’d surly/Shirley.sorly/ solidly/surley/sirlie/soulielee/ sougawooga-hingy wingy/ surely like to try again. Ayieee!! Uh, could I order another please?

Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours opaque orange brown, but not particularly dark. Rapidly settling, fine tan head, minimal lace. Aroma is big caramel, coconut, oak and lightly nutty, vanilla. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, and oak, fading into an oaky, toffee, nutty, toasted finish. Vanilla, caramel, oaky, and lightly toasted aftertaste. Soft carbonation, medium body, and smooth texture. Glad I held onto this, as it seems to have mellowed into something pretty tasty.

nuplastikk (6508) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2015
750ml bottle. The barrel tones are there, but the Old Ale still shines. Really maintains a solid balance. Smooth caramel tones. Supreme balance. The best Old Ale I’ve had in some time.

zoucrew102 (2233) - - DEC 20, 2014
500ml bottle from trade with sevenhokie. Rich bourbon aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak. Pours caramel colored with a thin off white head and not much lacing. Starts with lots of sweet caramel with a bit of vanilla. Finishes smooth with lots of bourbon flavor as well as oak and just a bit of booze. Good stuff.

Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Extra thanks to wchesser..Pour is brown with a off white head..Nose is caramel, some bourbon, spice, old dr pepper..Taste is dry berries, spice, earth, caramel, dark toffee..

onceblind (10861) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Pours out a murky dark cola brown under a fizzy and loudly carbonated head that disappears really fast, like soda. Strong aroma of whiskey and bright oak tannins with a bit of earthy chewy dark malts, a touch of pepper and something like rose petals. The taste hits right up front with that whiskey tone, bringing earthy caramel and oak and vanilla, a touch of oats, and that bright and semisharp white oak tannin. Fades into a generic earthy Old Ale flavor of toast and warm earthy sweetness, The aftertaste reminds you of the whiskey from the start. It’s a big one, and could use more time to mellow all around, particularly that oak tone. It’s a very strong whiskey contingent.

madvike (3305) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle - Pours rosy amber with a thin light head. Nosy is grainy malt, a bit of menthol, and some barrel sweetness. Taste is sweet and buttery, with butterscotch, lots of malt, warmth from the booze, and a little spiciness. Thin, very carbonated.

Ratman197 (15608) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2014
375 ml bottle poured a hazy reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, whiskey, oak and light fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, whiskey, oak,. light tobacco and a hint of fruitiness with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

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