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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Deliberately blazing our own trail, we brewed this barrel aged brown ale believing there is room for a new craft beer category: “Sessionable Bourbon Barrel Aged Beers”. Weighing in at 6.8% ABV ( Alc. 6.8% by Vol. ), the rich chocolate notes & creaminess of the flaked oats easily justify this beer bringing home a FoBAB medal this year. We hope you enjoy the ‘Lil Griz.

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ryrpat (404) - Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2017
Nice mellow brown ale with a good whiskey aroma. Would get this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
onceblind (11135) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2017
Deep dark brown hue under a thin ivory foamy top. Nice nutty dark malty aroma with a bit of wet woody whiskey, by a little hidden and definitely not hot. Smooth nutty woody flavor that’s slightly whiskeyed and lightly Oaked and just a little brown malty sweet. Smooth and brown and nuanced with light whiskey barrel.

3.6
drjay44 (3926) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2017
12 oz. can. Pour a medium, well retained, light beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear, brown (SRM 22) body.......nose is caramel, brown sugar, light chocolate, mild bourbon, dried fruits, slight nuttiness, minimal hop tones.....taste is moderately sweet with brown sugar, heavy caramel tones, light bourbon, hints of vanilla and oak, nuttiness, light chocolate tones, mild tobacco, mild hop spice and bitterness.......mouth feel medium light body, slight alcohol warmth, carbonation and oats make for slight creaminess. This is an interesting Fall Winter Spring type of beer. It is really category 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer. This is nicely done and was quite enjoyable even on this warm day. Think of it as reminiscent of pecan pie with a bit of bourbon and a smidgen of chocolate nearby. BJCP 9/3/16/4/8

3.8
ctipping (2299) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Deep amber body. Smells of bourbon, a little chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Tastes of bourbon, a touch of citrus, caramel malt. Vanilla. Not a sweet beer, but had all the flavors of a sweet beer. Medium body. This is surprisingly good. I was skeptical when I read this on the menu, but it’s impressive.

3.5
erikaraeb (326) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2017
Almost a stout. Rich caramel, molasses, and chocolate flavours with a hint of bourbon at the end. Sweet without being overwhelming; rather, the sweetness complements the other flavours. Not a complex brew, but good nonetheless.

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DraftCaptain49 (42) - - MAR 14, 2017
The idea is right, there’s just not enough thickness. Considering a lot of bourbon barrel aged stouts can be upwards of 15% or so, I would really like the ABV and mouthfeel to be more in tune with that. I also don’t usually favor brown ales, I find them boring versions of an amber, or perhaps they are ambers, I don’t know. The flavour profile says this is a good beer, but when you try it too much of the venom has been take out of it. I like it, but I probably wouldn’t buy again. It really needs 2-3% more of the stuff it was made from. It’s an interesting idea, a session bourbon aged beer, you can hardly find a decent example not out of a tap. I would like this thicker though. I want it to be a molasses mouthfeel versus a carbonated, soda like mouthfeel, which really takes a lot of the pleasure out of it. Decent.

3.6
smroush (311) - Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Aromas of bread, vanilla and oak. Dark brown color with a bit of redness. Small off-white head. A little sweet; only mildly bitter. Body is medium; texture oily to creamy; carbonation average to just a tad lively; finish is medium length, with carbonation, sweetness, oak and vanilla. Overall a pretty good beer; the oak definitely adds some complexity and interest, making it a cut above your average brown ale.

3.4
RobertDale (7050) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 1, 2016
12 ounce can. Pours a clear brown with a decent khaki head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and bourbon. Taste is malt, chocolate, bourbon, and caramel. Pretty good.

2.3
UncleKorm (1337) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Can poured a clear deep brown hue w/ small white quickly and fully diminishing head. Light almond aroma. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are brown sugar, bourbon, and Brazil nuts. Medium bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
ebone1988 (2292) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Aroma is nutty, roasted malt, bourbon, barrel, coffee, nice. Appearance is brown, light light tan head, clear. Taste is barrel, bourbon, nuts, lactose, coffee, malt, underwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium body, watery, light carbonation, bourbon barrel and nutty aftertaste. Overall, it’s decent but somehow I expected better from a brewery who knows their way around a brown ale.


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