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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Brandy Barrel Aged Imperial Red Ale

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4.1
ryanfolty (2611) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2015
September 22, 2015 - on tap at Butcher & Boar. Dark brown pour with limited head. Aroma and taste of strong brandy, fruit and malt/caramel.

3.4
Bacterial (3060) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Pour at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Murky reddish brown pour with a tan head. Cherry and booze nose. Less cherry in the taste but still lots of booze.

3.8
cbfobes (2887) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2015
On tap at 2015 GTMW, pours a hazy dark reddish amber with an off white head, the aroma has a good amount of the brandy and fruit coming through with some caramel and malt sweetness as well, the flavor has a cherry and brandy front end with a sweeter finish, thought this would be a complete sweet bomb but it’s fairly balanced, not bad.

3.8
CanIHave4Beers (4233) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Live Rate,

Deal w/ it.





Pours a dark reddish brown w/ a small head & some lacing on the glass.



Aroma is wood, vanilla, & brandy forward. Sweet smelling, lightly fruity, slightly herbal, even a touch vinious.




The flavor is really something, the way they capture the character of red vermouth with its herbal bitter on moderately sweet red wine flavor is striking. There is a nice bit of vanilla & brandy. There is some chocolate, lots of oak, some citrus rind, some herbal bitterness, & a manageable level of booziness. It’s A sweet beer, but it would only work if it were.



Delicious

3.7
crossovert (14008) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Draft. Tastes quite a bit like an old fashioned , heavy brandy presence, sweet almost cocunutty malt base.

4.1
gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Pour at Happy Gnome beer dinner; pours dark with red highlights with a thin tan head; aroma is orange, cherry brandy, and hints of wood; taste is much like an old fashion but is accented with the barrel aging; I was not sure what to expect with this one but it is pretty good.

3.4
Brigadier (3760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
On tap in Madison (WI)


My final stop of the pre-GTMW circuit was to try a couple of new releases from Central Waters. The first sample poured provided me a novel experience. Take one part barrel aged red ale and one part cherry bitters and the result stands apart. It may not be my favorite but I will not forget this experience soon.



Aroma / Appearance - A fluid reddish caramel base possesses a heavy presence. A thin head fades after just two small sips. Cherry bitters, malt, caramel Twix, and brandy remind one of a Wisconsin style Old Fashioned made with brandy instead of the typical bourbon.



Flavor / Palate - A smooth mouthfeel contains malts, cherry bitters, and orange rinds. Surprisingly easy to drink despite its 9% ABV, the body holds up well. A soft finish lacks the strength expected. Ultimately this beer provides a pleasant experience but feels like a one trick pony by the end.

4.2
kkleu357 (640) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Made it into the Greate Taste preparty at Brickhouse BBQ. First beer is Call Me Old Fashioned. Bitter cherry brandy aroma. Not much carbonation. Dark red brown body. First sip hits with the familiar taste of an old fashioned, followed by that typical yummy Central Waters barrel taste. Different, but I like it.

3.8
mandylee (50) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Dark red-brown pour with a light texture, no head. Bitter, cherry, brandy aroma. Strong taste of the barrel up front with a finish tasting more of an Old Fashioned - cherry, bitter, brandy just like the smell. Delicious!


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