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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Like the original, Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers pours a deep burgundy hue with a fluffy, off-white head. Patience through the aging process rewarded the brewers with flavors of caramel, raisin, dried fruit, molasses, and vanilla and aromas of oak, vanilla, and subtle hints of cherry. The body is ample but still finishes faintly dry with lingering hints of malt, bourbon, and cherry. The effects of barrel-aging, eliciting remnant alcohol from the cooperage during the aging process, escalated the ABV of the beer from 9.7% to a significant, yet sneakily subtle, 11.4% ABV.

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3.5
jb (3412) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2017
Wow they ramped up the booze on this, and it showed with a bit of back of throat burn. I love the original so much. This one does nothing to improve upon it. Clear, burnt sienna, meager yet artsy lacing. Oak and bourbon overpowered any other nose. It also obscures the subtleties in the taste. I like bourbon barrel aging for beer less and less all the time. Great for an inferior beer. This isn't one. Original's score - 4.0, this one 3.5

4.2
superspak (6011) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2017
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/28/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby, red light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, pear, red apple, red grape, peppercorn, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and toffee; with lighter notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, banana, clove, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spice yeast, dark/bready/light roasted malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, pear, red apple, red grape, peppercorn, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and toffee; with lighter notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, banana, clove, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast, bourbon/oak spiciness; and light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, pear, red apple, red grape, peppercorn, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spice yeast, dark/bready/light roasted malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from yeast/oak spiciness. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; a mildy increasing warmth of 9.7%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged quadrupel style. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spice yeast, dark/bready/light roasted malt, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. Well attenuated and not overly sweet for the ABV. Not as much barrel as I hoped for, but solid presence. Nicely rich with perfectly balanced yeast and malt flavors. Pleasant backing bourbon barrel notes, without any booze. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

3.6
DiarmaidBHK (5900) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2017
Sampler at beer meets wood. Pours brown with a khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. The bourbon dominates the base beer but there are still some cherry and honey notes peeking out.

3.8
4Traindays (2) - - JUL 25, 2017 does not count
On tap at Parrys pizza Northglenn. Thin white head, heavy aroma of dried fruits, raisin, oak, and bourbon. Taste was as expected, maybe a bit thinner than I was expecting. Overall, an enjoyable quad, that seemed to benefit from its time in the barrel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - APR 22, 2017
Aroma: Bourbon, Raisins, Plums, Mild Sweet Bread... Appearance: Brownish/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Mildly Off White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing... Taste: Rasisin, Dates, Mild Bourbon.... Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

3.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Draft. Crystal clear light amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, Belgian yeast spicy, light Bourbon. Taste is sweet, candi sugar, orange, some Belgian yeast spicy, light Bourbon. Full body, some stickiness, light acidity. Very restrained, considering.

3.9
radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Draft pour at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a slightly ruby red, clear color with a small off-white head. Aroma was dried fruits, light vanilla, woody notes. Bourbon notes are there, but really smooth. Flavor was actually quite nice. Woody notes. Smooth and pretty tasty.

3.8
tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Full disclosure: I’m a big fan of the original. Aroma: fruit, spicy, bourbon. Appearance is like original, dark Amber. The flavor is fruity, bourbon, bready. Medium in body. Nice. Although the barrel aging adds nothing overall.

3.9
ajnepple (7059) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2016
On tap at Hops & Pie, listed at 11.4%. Clear, reddish brown appearance with a dissipating off-white head. Aroma of fruity esters, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, light cherry and light bourbon. Similar flavor, complex, malty, lightly fruity and moderately sweet with a medium to full body. Nice, a slight upgrade from the original IMO.

3.5
solidfunk (9407) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Some barrel, some florals, some raisin. Pours maroon with good head and lacing. Finishes with light sweetness, some booze. Tap at Snally.


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