Wooden Rooster

Wooden Rooster Tallgrass Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
83
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

To create Wooden Rooster, we took Velvet Rooster, our Belgian-style Tripel, and aged it in rye whiskey barrels, giving it an oaky vanilla finish. Pours a deep gold color with a lofty, pure white head; clean and crisp, with subtle fruit and floral notes and a touch of candy-like sweetness; slight spice in flavor; rye whiskey, vanilla and oak prominent in aroma and flavor.

Profile

ABV: 
9.5%
IBUs: 
34
Hops: 
Northern Brewer, Centennial, Willamette
Malts: 
Briess Pilsen, Munich 10
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A big bready, wheat-like, sweet aroma backed by vanilla from the barrels and light cherry and apricot esters is found in the nose. There is some haze in an otherwise pale copper liquid with firm, small tan bubbles hugging the edge of the glass. The flavor is bold with substantial alcohol presence mixed with a wheaty, bread-like malt backing. A complexity of esters (reminiscent of Juicy Fruit gum) and wood character (again, vanilla and hints of tannins) builds significant structure in the flavor. The wood/vanilla carries through to the finish. The body is medium-full, almost syrup-like, and slightly cloying. The alcohol warmth and strong carbonation help balance the heavier-than-expected body and keep it from becoming too cloying. The combination of wood-aging in a Belgian Tripel base is intriguing and quite good. This is a sweeter-than-expected finish for a Tripel, perhaps a little more like a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. Regardless, if you like wood-aging and big, Belgian-style beers, give this brew a try.