The Livery Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheat Trippelbock

Formerly brewed at The Livery
Style: Weizen Bock
Benton Harbor, Michigan USA


on tap


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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
A strong dark lager brewed with a generous amount of wheat then aged in Heaven Hill (2005-2012; 2015) or Jim Beam (2014) Bourbon Barrels. Each batch is slightly different.

- Aug 2005 and Dec 2005: 12 months in the cask, approx. 16% ABV
- Aug 2006 and Dec 2006: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2007 and Dec 2007: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 11% ABV
- Aug 2008: 14 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2011: 24 months in the cask and 12% ABV
- Aug 2012: Grand Reserve blended casks aged 24 months and 12.5% ABV
- Aug 2014: 12 months in the cask and 11.5% ABV
- Aug 2015: Aged in Heaven Hill barrels; no ABV listed.

Note: Earlier vintages may use the word "Cask" in place of "Barrel" on the label.

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TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2006
Rich brassy is devoid of head, but clings to the glass beautifully. Very clean woody tannins waft up from the glass along with alcohol, plums, bread pudding, aged/cakey malt, and caramel. Light oxidation and pineapple. Oaky tannins sting the palate right away and ignite a drying surge of alcohol. Soft, powdery malts soon cushion the zippy tannins. Toffee lies sandwiched between all the bourbon, although the bourbon never becomes forcefully sweet or husky. Candied peaches and slick plum esters complement the predominantly firm oaky backbone. Slight huskiness develops late, before finishing with rounded peachy acidity, soft and tangy wheat, and a lasting tannic onslaught. Could use a bit more composure in the aroma, but the bourbon is clean instead of corny and husky. In terms of flavor, the alcohol is not easily recognized, but the base beer needs more sturdiness to withstand the bourbon influence. Nicely done. Thanks, BBB63.

Sebilinz (2714) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 3, 2015
Bottle. RB Meeting Vienna March Edition. Thanks to Cuso. Reddish brown body with nearly no head. Aroma is malts with bourbon and some alcohol. Taste is caramel with dried fruits and wood. Aftertaste is malty and fruity. Nice one.

adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 12, 2008
22 oz hand bottled bomber from BBB63. Pours a cola black with a nice burgundy tint to it. No head. Aroma of sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak and maple syrup. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, oak and maple. Excellent !!! The bourbon definitely enhances this brew.

MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Dark brown pour huge foamy light brown head w/ thick lacing. Slightly sour aroma then sweet wheat times some more sugars. Avg palate. Some sour fruits in the taste then a little classic bock flavors. Raw alcohols in the finish distract a bit from the beer. I typically like the big shots from The Livery, but this one missed my mark.
Earlier Rating: 8/13/2006 Total Score: 4.4
cloudy dark brown to marron pour w/ a thin tan head. Huge maple syrup malt aroma hints of bourbon & wheat blended very well into a smooth appetizing aroma. Palate is thick rich & creamy. Flavor is a great full bourbon maple syrup w/ light burnt malts, butters and a hint of wheat husk. Deliscious.

fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
1/2 growler shared by weeheavysd. What a guy to bring that to our tasting. and what a beer. Lots of liquor flavors in there. Bananas, other fruits... dark ones. Flavors were more wood and bourbon. Spice and vanilla. So much good stuff. I didn’t want it to end.

tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 Draft - GTMW. Big, big bourbon aroma. Lots of vanilla, caramel, toasty oak, toffee and just a small hint of sourness.  Pours nearly flat, dark, slightly cloudy brown. Just a few bubbles top the mostly headless/lifeless looking liquid. Flavor falls a tad short of the robustness of the nose. Boatloads of drying oak tannin, a touch of apple cider vinegar, watery caramel and toffee. Plenty of vanilla and bourbon spice. Nearly still on the tongue. Fairly watery midpalate back with a drying, oak-tannin laden finish. Nice for sure, but slightly thinner and more watery than expected. 

arkurzynski (2460) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
GTMW. Big barrel aroma, dark fruit, mild roasted malt, spiciness. Sweet wheat malt flavor gives way to complex roasted/toasted malt, spice, biscuit, bourbon, light resiny hops, and a tangy tartness. Finishes, somewhat dry with trailing toasted malt. Big and lingering on the palate. Had to be my favorite of the fest. Would have gone back for more if there wasn’t some many other beers to try!

Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Dark brown with a small tan head...smell is rich and sweet with some nuts, vanilla, musty wood, and some dark berries...taste sweet with vanilla, musty fruits, some subtle bitterness of old wood...finish is quick and sweetly alcoholic, but definately doesn’t taste that high...

Saeglopur (2411) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 29, 2015
650 ml bottle, 2014 version, shared by Cuso at RB Tasting Vienna March Edition. Thanks!
Beautiful dark red body, with no head.
Big aroma of bourbon, oak, sweet malts, some dark fruits, alcohol.
Amazing taste with loads of bourbon, oak, dark fruits, chocolate, coconut, toffee, booze.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a low carbonation.
Finishes boozy, astringent, with bourbon, sweet malts and sour fruits.

Amazing sipper! Wonderful, smooth bourbon taste. Heavy, boozy, complex and overall just very comfortable. Couldn’t tell this is a Weizenbock if I didn’t know it. On par with bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stouts.

Dfonorow (2318) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2014 release in Jim Beam barrels on tap at pub. Pour is black with a small tan head that fades quickly into a ring. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla bean, caramel malt, and fruit vines. Flavor is similar with the sweetness shining through even more - bourbon, char, oak chips, burnt sugar, vanilla, figs. A little too sweet, I think it needs to age further.

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