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Elevator Brewery Angry GOAT

Elevator Brewing Angry GoatApparently, this is a first for me from this Columbus brewery. I’d thought I’d had something before, but I guess not.

Angry GOAT is a nut brown ale aged in whiskey barrels. Clearly evident from the aroma. The only beer I’ve had with more whiskey in the aroma is Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. There is some nuttiness in the back, too. Whiskey dominates the flavor, but there’s more there. Hints of nuts, sweet malt, and a sour finish.

Outstanding if you love whiskey. Which I do! Not sure the sourness is necessary.

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Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

This is the first beer I have tried from Old Dominion in Delaware, the Oak Barrel Stout.

The barrel aging is evident in the aroma with strong smells of oak, vanilla, and char. The oak comes through some in the flavor, as well, but it’s different than bourbon barrel aged beers. Initially, there is an interesting sweetness, but the charred wood and smoke cut through. A dry, boozey finish provided by the 6% ABV.

It’s good, but not quite great. I think for something boasting oak aging, I want more of that flavor.

Grade: C

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Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Outta Kilter

Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Outta Kilter

As a big fan of the standard Hoppin’ Frog Outta Kilter, I am definitely curious to taste how the whiskey barrel aged version will differ.

The color is similar. I think if you sat a glass of each next to each other, you wouldn’t be able to tell a difference. The whiskey barrel aging is evident before the first sip with a delightful aroma. Whiskey, vanilla, smoked peat blend extremely well. Some heat from the 8.2% ABV, but I don’t think as much as the original version. Just as it should be with Scotch ales, there is little to no presence from the hops. A twinge of bitterness at the end is all that is noticeable. Incredibly smooth and really coats the mouth with a delicious layer of whiskey goodness.

The barrel aging definitely adds flavor and texture, even if it does subdue some of the complexity of the non-barrel aged version. But if you like whiskey and Scotch ales in general, get it if you can!

Grade: A

 

 

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Great Divide Rumble

Great Divide Rumble

Oak? IPA? Great Divide? Yes, please! Lots of promise with Great Divide’s Rumble Oak Aged IPA.

The color from the wood aging shows through and the nose is full of hops. A hint of sweet malt followed by very pungent hops and some lingering vanilla and caramel. This is no timid beer. The hops are more prevalent than the oak for sure, but this is great for hop heads looking for a bit of a change. Quite bitter, and a nice 7.1% ABV.

Grade: B

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