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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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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4.8
dflb (75) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2018 Gifted from an Ommegang 3 pack from my father, Barrel-Aged Three Philosophers is a barrel-aged quad crafted and bottled at Boulevard Brewing Co. The aroma of caramel, cherries, bourbon, and yeast are felt upon the nose. The appearance is a ruby brown along with a decent khaki head. When held up to light, the light reveals a true ruby color. The alcohol content is 9.7% and has an alcohol burn to the take. Whiskey is immediately discerned and constant. Belgian yeast adds a spice and its recognizable complexion to the body. Caramel is another dominant character to the yeast and whiskey body. Cherries bring a sweetness to the drink and a tart bite on the take to go with the alcohol burn. Brown sugar is felt upon the mouthfeel and punctuates the caramel. Vanilla is like silk to the whiskey and caramel flavors. The touch of oak is noted upon the mouthfeel. Banana becomes prominent as you experience the yeast. Plums round out the caramel and whiskey body. Raisins add to the vanilla touch to the body. For more beer reviews, visit my blog “Drink For the Love of Beer.”

3.7
jtclockwork (17769) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2018
Bottle - pours dark brown tan head - nose and taste of molasses, bourbon, raisin, dark fruit, oak and vanilla - medium body

3.9
wgd3 (8) - Pittsford, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2018 does not count
Aroma: 80% Appearance: 80% Taste: 80% Palate: 80% Overall: 75% Total Score: 78%

4.3
BeerdedDave (2041) - Beckley, USA - JAN 2, 2018
reddish brown color; nice aroma of tart cherry and oak with hints of bourbon; the bourbon comes through nicely in the flavor; flavor is tart cherry and dark fruit with some roasted malt and some great bourbon notes; the bourbon is done just right - in enough moderation as to not overpower the tart fruit notes, but enough to not forget it is there; oak notes come through in teh finish; an excellent beer

4
zoucrew102 (2312) - - DEC 19, 2017
750ml bottle, 2017 vintage. Dried fruit aroma with notes of caramel, raisin, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Pours dark caramel colored with half a finger of tan head that has excellent retention and lacing. Starts with dried fruit, caramel and raisin flavors as well as a full body and sticky sweet mouthfeel. Finishes smooth and a bit dry with vanilla, bourbon and oak flavors as well as a hint of cherry. Really nice bourbon quad.

3.7
ABUSEDGOAT (2933) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2017
Burgundy colored with a white head that lasts. Aroma is cherry, yeast, light vanilla, caramel, alcohol, sugar. Medium to full bodied, very similar to the original with a minor barrel presence. By no means is it overpowering or taking over the beer, it's more of just an extra feature relative to the old one. Solid.

3.9
tmoreau (4818) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2017
Shared 2017, 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters showing a deep mahogany color, a presentable layer of light tan froth, with foamy spots & strands of lacing. The nose was alcohol soaked dark fruit as plum, & black cherry, with some malt sweetness, oaky hints, and spice. Medium+ bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar notes, bourbony booze, with the oaky tannins joining the earthy bitterness. Amped alcohol, noticeably dryer, and a touch lighter textured than the base brew, but a solid follow through.

3.5
jb (3481) - 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 (6375) - 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 (6170) - 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.


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