KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Tap at brewery during GABF 2009, listed as Reilley’s Oak Whiskey Red.Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Pours an aroma of weak, watered-down bottom-shelf whiskey with a body of deep amber. Flavor is raisin vomit (yes, raisins can puke) and bottom-shelf whiskey. Watery mouthfeel. Hopefully, Reilley killed himself.
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Bottle: Hazy and dark amber with a thin head. Soft and smooth texture. Mild carbonation to boot. Flavors and aromas were quite pleasant (caramel, wood, vanilla, butter cookies, sugared fruit). Sweet whiskey was a nice touch. Bitterness was very mild; I wanted a bit more. Maybe a pinch more alcohol, too. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
bottle... medium brown with a some amber, murky, light tan head forms a ring... the aroma is light, thought it would be much stronger, a whisper of bourbon is nice and smooth, generic toffe on the finish, nothing bad, just too light and boring... this beer is just off, seems slightly infected with a tart bitter note, flat but a terrible mouthfeel, mostly rye, no bourbon, just not a good combo dnstone (3485) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Vanilla whiskey barrel arroma. Amber color. Tastes like its description; a bit intense on the whiskey. Definately a new take on the red ale.
It was called "Reilly’s Oak Whiskey Red" at the brewery. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2010
12 oz. bottle, courtesy Doodler. Pours a mostly clear, deep blood red to crimson color. A moderate head of smooth, spongy, khaki colored foam settles to a lasting 1mm layer, tall edges leading into thick walls of foamy lace. The nose is based in sweet dark fruits and brown sugar, suggesting raisins, fresh red grapes, and chestnuts. Darkened toffee and toasty-sweet cereal grains are subtly kissed with bourbon and oak. Flavors follow suit, sweet and syrupy for the most part, loaded with dark brown sugar, glazed chestnuts, and pecans. There might be a little maple in there as well. Bourbon comes across mostly as caramel and oak, as it is not that boozy at all. A very light green hoppiness emerges at one point, before moving towards a largely sweet, concentrated, fig and raisin finish. The palate sports a medium-full body with above average carbonation activity and a weighty, sugar-laden finish. It feels much more hefty than its sub-6% ABV would indicate. I don’t know....it’s decent I guess, but the big sugars just aren’t for me.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle pours a hazy red/brown with an off white head. Scent is woody with some tart notes. Taste is sour with wood notes. Different. TAR (2779) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Draft: Brick red. Dense and sticky off-white cream. Pineapple and bready malt aromas with hints of whiskey, vanilla and caramel. Silky and creamy on the palate, but fairly watery. Slickly fruity esters soften the wood-derived tannins which lightly skim the palate. Bready malts abound, but fail to contribute any textural weight. Bright and succulent hop elements outweigh what little brashness exudes. Plums and bright peach acidity complement the tannins and underline the dainty vanilla sweetness. Vibrant malts prolong the brief but effective caramelized wood sensations. Finishes softly and well-rounded with pulpy peach notes and a balancing kiss of nutty malts. Suffers a bit due to the thinness, but this is delightfully understated, cohesive and well-crafted. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2009
12oz bottle, no date. Hazy orange copper with a small beige head, fair retention. Aroma of old bourbon and some vegetal notes, light tang as well as some caramel. Flavor is fairly tangy with some buttery and woody qualities. Bitterness peaked @ a 3 in the dry finish. Light body with light carbonation. Me no like. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2011
tastes more of a sour ale than an irish. its a beautiful beer ill tell ya that though. just doesnt taste like an irish. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2011
12 oz bottle @ redlight redlight. Oak and cherries on the nose with vanilla and caramel malts. Pours a dark red amber with a little to no head. Oak and vanilla with a dry tartness, malty with dark fruit and oak and vanilla in the flavor. Very fruity with a hint of tartness. Finishes very dry.