luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Sampled at the brewery 6/10/6. Beer was a lightly hazy, medium amber-brown color with a frothy, off-white, mostly lasting head. Clingly little spots of lacing holding firm to the walls of the glass as we go along. Aroma was malty with light notes of roasted grain, moderate caramel and a trace of chocolate; Hoppy with a trace of herb; Moderate notes of oak, whiskey/burbon and candy sugar that’s on the verge of burning. The flavor was moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic with an average-length, light-to-moderately sweet, trace bitter finish. Oaky retros. Nice. The body was light to medium, the texture was velvety and the carbonation was lively. Nice experience. hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
On tap at the Twisted Pine tasting room in Boulder, CO (1/2 pint pour). Poured a deeper orangish color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, caramel, bourbon, and grain. Tastes of whiskey, wood, vanilla, and caramel. Somewhat sugary sweet with a light sour finish. Thinner body. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Not every beer fares well when aged in a bourbon barrel - take this one, for example - the base beer is not burly enough to stand up to several months in the barrel - as a result, we get a lot of barrel and bourbon, but not a whole lot of the beer - there is no interplay between the base beer and the barrel - however, the fact that the base beer is a session beer makes it so there is none of the usual booziness that you might associate with a bourbon-aged beer - so there are some good aspects, there is just too much barrel in this. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Bottled. Red with thin tin tan head, Aroma is sugary bourbon sweet, like a bad Manhattan (touch of cherry/grenadine too). Sweet taste begins with a little sourness and a lot of wood. Bitter but pretty wet on tongue throughout. Tartness like an apple ends the beer long and lightly puckering. Really interesting but only pretty good. beernovice39 (3269) - 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.
Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 29, 2017
From Jul 2008
This pours a hazy, nah, more of a cloudy rust colour with a nice 2 finger head of foam.
The smell sure does have a strong presence of bourbon but I also get a slight nose of citrus but I had to really sniff a lot to get it.
The taste is THE BOURBON. Sorry for shouting but that initial sip screamed bourbon and I had to reflect that in my review. ;^) Btw, I *do* like bourbon so no problems yet.
There are more flavours here...some good vanilla and toffee, some fruitiness, a slight tartness mid palate, and the finish has a nice bitterish kick to it. Nice. And there's definitely some warming here after the swallow so the drinkability suffers somewhat.
The mouthfeel initially feels like it's on the thick side(very silky) but overall, I'd call it medium. Good stuff! Btw, the head retention is first class as there's still about a 1" solid layer and I'm down to the last 1/3rd of my glass.
Ok, I've had a few barrel aged brews before. Some I liked, some I didn't. This one tasted different enough to keep me interested for the entire session and I take my hat off, yet again, for this small Colorado brewery. Well done Twisted Pine! I'd buy it again.
Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Bottle.
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of dried mango/papaya, raw wood, vanilla, bourbon.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation.
Delightful tropical fruits in the nose, but kind of ho-hum in the mouth. Not bad. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Autumn color. Full long lasting foam. Aroma has different dimensions. Notes of bourbon with vanilla and oak as well as a lot of tropical fruit notes from the hops. Oak whiskey flavor of vanilla and whiskey. Very light texture. Hardly any malt characteristics. Tropical fruit hoppiness, which blends decently with the barrel aging. Very watery texture. Not very flavorful or complex. I don’t see how this could achieve the accolades it did. Beaver (1872) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a fine off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
The aroma is sweet sugary caramel malts, cola, dark fruits and bourbon.
The flavor is pretty subdued - sweet caramel malts and cola with a touch of harsh bitter alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, not that great. It’s a bit of a mish mash with some harsh alcohol that I don’t care for.
12oz bottle from my Colorado connection - thanks, Prof! Can’t say I’m at all a fan of the style, but TP managed to do something at least a bit distinctive. Deep copper pour, with minimal carbonation and more than sediment: actual chunks, yo! That’s earthy. Sharp nose, almost astringent, surprising if the beer has actually been aged for the full year. Mild tartness in the flavor, toffee malts beneath, but overall way too sharp and barrel-heavy.