Grand Rapids Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

 


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Heavy amount of peat smoked malt aged in a used bourbon barrel for six months.

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3.5
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2008
12oz Bottle. Lightly funky deep caramel. Toasty. Lightly lactic I think. Somehow working with the malty sweetness and the caramelization. Pours a super deep murky brown-black, with a creamy rim. Flavor is a blend of light lactic sweetness, gingered malts, and dust. Some refined baguette bread and yeast show through, but the lactic sweetness cuts into the maltiness to make this a little dry and dusty. Some sourness confuses this picture. Was probably pretty interesting pre-infection. A bit of old hop dust finishes off this one. Thanks for sharing Sean!

2.8
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
Pours a clear brown color with a ring of offwhite lace. Aroma and flavor of boubon, peated malt and caramel. I think the bourbon is way too present in the flavor, and I don’t like bourbon at all.

3.3
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
MBG 06. Dark brown/black, frothy white head. All bourbon aroma - what’s the point if that is all you’re going to get? Masks any beer in aroma. Taste is better - very woody with hints of caramel. And of course, bourbon. Lots and lots of bourbon - woo-hoo. A nice sipper. But look folks - if I want some bourbon, or even a whisky or scotch, I’ll drink those. I don’t mind a little bourbon aged to add some character, but don’t let it dominate and mask your decent product ok?

3.9
HogTownHarry (7287) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
Draught. At 2006 Michigan Brewers’ Guild Festival. Deep bubbly reddish-brown with a small beige head. More bourbon in this aroma (sigh - getting really tired of it now), wood tannin, vanilla, booze, chocolate-toffee roast malt, quite sweet and boozy. Taste is malt, roast, hint of peaty chocolate, retrained oak and bourbon - very nice balance, actually - it’s boozy, but is that a bad thing in a scotch ale? Decent body, acceptable carbonation, sweet and alcoholic mouthfeel, nice long balanced finish - I’d like to have this again, another very well done scotch ale.

3.9
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2006
Draught sample at MBG 2006 Summer Festival. Dark cola brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, smoke, wood and chocolate. Soft mouthfeel. Sweet, woody, slightly boozy flavour - very nice. Many barrel-aged beers go over the top with the booze and wood notes, but this one gets the balance right.

3.8
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Michigan BGF 06: Deep brown hue with a lasting tan frothy head. The aroma displays a nice peaty and smoky character along with some plum, apple, leather, vanilla, wood, and earthy tones. The taste is fruity and malty with lots of smoke. Good vanilla, wood, and tobacco undertone. Alcohol is detected but not dominate. The mouth feel is smooth and very drinkable. Done very well IMO where the bourbon is noticeable but not so over-the-top that it distracts from the scotch ale nature.

4
jercraigs (11166) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
Michigan Brewers Festival 2006. Very dark brown, creamy khaki head. Very heavily woody aroma, notes of vanilla. Smooth sweet malt, omnipresent but relatively restrained wood, sweet earthy malt finish. Medium palate (3+). Quick finish, dangerously drinkable.

3.6
Silphium (3269) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2006
On tap at GRBC. Quite a bit different than the bottled version according to badnewsbeers, but I liked this quite a bit. Deep red-brown body, thin cream head. Peaty, smoky body, quite earthy with breads and touches of dark fruits and berries to fufill the "twigs ’n berries" character so typical of scotch ales. Medium-bodied, fairly rich and flavor dense for a GRBC beer. I did not detect much alcohol. Well done.

4.3
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2005
one of the most satisfying beers i have ever had...came in a gift set of 4 from GRBC (along with a coffee cream porter, weizenbock, and a triple IPA)...according to the label, this beer was aged 9 months....a dark brown appearance with no head whatsoever...aroma is amazing (i smelled this beer for about 20 minutes before i tasted it!)...it was full of sweet bourbon, scotch, sugars and spices; aroma was of sweet bourbon as well, with a nice presence of alcohol and a phenomenal aftertaste...thanks to my good friend andy for giving me the chance to try this truly amazing beer


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