Beer Name: Bully Goat
Brewery: Elevator Brewing Company
Beer Style: Barrel Aged Red Ale
Size: 12oz Bottle
Beer Advocate: ?
I started the day looking forward to this evening because I had only one goal: Drink beer and write reviews. As I meandered the aisles of The Andersons looking for something new and exciting from an Ohio brewery, I came up with nothing (I assume that, like the bar, The Andersons doesn’t receive their beer orders until Tuesday). So I went back to work empty-handed and slightly broken-hearted; that is, until my Elevator sales rep showed up with a couple sample bottles of Bully Goat. (As of this writing, Bully Goat has yet to hit stores, which is why there isn’t a BA or Untappd score. It should be on shelves soon, so be on the look out!)
Bully Goat is Elevator’s Bleeding Buckeye Ale aged in whiskey barrels from Woodford Reserve for six months. Bully is the third installment of the Goat series, the preceding two Goats being Angry and Horny. I am told there will be one more, which will be their Three Frogs IPA aged nine months in the same barrels. I’ve enjoyed every beer in this series, and my goal is to review the other two in future posts.
Bully Goat pours a dark, red copper with a very small amount of head that has no retention to speak of. The nose of the beer has a stomp oak whiskey aroma upfront that you would expect from a barrel-aged beer and it’s followed with a sweet malty smell. The taste is much of the same: the oaky barrel flavor hitting the palate first giving way to a caramel biscuit flavor that has a slight bit of hoppines to finish off. Even though there was little to no head, there is a little lacing on the pint glass and the carbonation gives it a nice crisp mouthfeel.
I won’t lie to you, I’m not a huge fan of Bleeding Buckeye or any red ales – not because they’re bad, but because they’re just not really my style. That being said, I really enjoyed Bully. It was executed well, the oaky barrel flavor is a nice touch, no flavor in the beer is overwhelming, and they all play nice off of one another. If you have had the chance to try the other Goat beers and enjoyed them, you should make an effort to check out this one. It’s a solid beer, and you won’t be disappointed.
Sessionability: The whiskey flavor isn’t overpowering, and the ABV isn’t that bad at 6%. I could easily drink several of these. 5-pack.
Overall: I give it a 5-pack. Reds aren’t my favorite style of beer, but this beer made me a believer. 5-pack.
Would Best Be Consumed: I know this beer is being released at the beginning of summer, but I feel like this beer is better suited for colder temperatures – maybe at night watching some fireworks on July 4th.