bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, courtesy after4ever. Pours hazy brown with an off-white ring of foam. Medium body and carbonation. Oaky caramel aroma and taste. Soem raisins and maybe bourbon in the taste? Dry pine finish.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle (tasting hosted by after4ever) - poured hazy brown with very slight white & creamy head; thick aromas you can just about taste of wood, brown sugar, bourbon and caramel; rich textures and no harshness at all going down as it comes to a creamy finish after the malty flavors; probably the beer that busted the taste buds that night
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of kmweaver. Somewhat of a cloudy dark brown with a manilla head. Outstanding, *well-crafted* bourbon aroma, subtle notes of vanilla and oak, just beautiful. Flavor has notes of dark toffee, pipe tobacco, molasses, smoke, bourbon, wood, some non-detracting alcohol, earthy Brit hops, chocolate and nuttiness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Just excellent overall.
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(11/3/07, 750ml bottle, #98/124, thanks kmweaver) Minimal beige head atop cloudy mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vanilla, chocolate, fig. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, lemon, some Bourbon, raisin. Medium-full body, low carbonation.
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. A murky orange-brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, and bourbon. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, and bourbon, on a thick caramel back ground. The alcohol leaves a slight burn in the throat.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours brownish copper with a thin layer of white bubbles. Aroma is a nice blend of soft brown sugar, cinnamon, pastery crust, and brown booze. Flavor is a warm, toasty wood, slight smoke, brown sugar (but not really sweet), creme brulee, booze, and toasted marshmellows. All balanced not to sweet and not to boozy. Slick silky palate medium-full body. Finishes as a warm blend of the previously mentioned flavors. Excellent beer.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 750ml shared by kmweaver. Murky brown and soft appearance with barely a head forming. Thick, viscous legs crawl down the glass when swirled. Nose of bourbon, oak, caramelized apples, brown sugar, and semi-sweet whisky. Solid, resinous, rich and delicious. Up front there’s semi-sweet tobacco, caramel and plum along with the more obvious bourbon and oak notes. Very huge, lingering, tingling and warming finish – that’s the remarkable thing about this beer – with a lingering note of toasted oak wood. Fantastic stuff.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle # 213 / 280. Deep reddish colour with a beige head. Malty, fruity aroma with notes of alcohol and vanilla. Malty, alcohol and vanilla sweet flavor with a light note of hops.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1000 (ignore mj’s arguments to the contrary; he is a stinky liar!). 750mL bottle, #98/124, most recent bottling. My wife and I flew across the country for the BA release, so I figured the rarest of the release (and the only one I haven’t had) would be a good way to go for #1000. Glad I got to enjoy it with good friends last night. Pours a murky amber brown color; slightly oily with yellow edges; thin, light tan head with patchy lacing. Huge amounts of sweet, sour-mash bourbon in the aroma; creamy butter and toasty charred oak; a warm, nougaty and caramel core underneath; the original base beer isn’t completely hidden (like in the BA Wee Heavy). Full, generous mouthfeel: intense, chewy bourbon character; strong, warm sour-mash bourbon, toasty oak; dried fruits and caramel coming through from the old ale underneath; significantly better composed that the BA Wee Heavy, in my mind; oily, and weighty in the mouth, with the viscosity of a smooth cordial; no harshness or roughness at the edges; as always with the BA Alesmiths, just a gorgeous bourbon character. Lengthy, bourbon and toasty oak finish, with a little bit of chocolate coming through.
Stine (1760) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Poured from a 750 ml bottle, number 98/124. Partially clear chestnut brown pour; still. Charred brownies, vanilla ice cream with stawberries and caramel are most prevalent inital aromas; alcohol is present in a truly tender and lovely complimentary tone of amaretto and bourbon. The bourbon flavor itself is brash and dominant, being tangentially nuanced by creme brulee crust, caramel, currant; the heat is thorough but not unpleasant. Almost uncarbonated; rich and silky in the mouth. Finishes with sweet bonfire smoke and burnt meat, blossoming into extended waves of maple and honey, though this is more a quality of texture than of taste. Reserved. Delicately done, though bold; the oak and bourbon are seamlessly integrated. Thanks for sharing, Ken! 8/4/7/4/15 3.8
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, number 101/124. Clarity fully submerged in this glassy chestnut brown pour. Maple and vanilla sugars in the aroma with hints of subterranean raspberry brownies; soft, feathery, warm. Flavor has a more pronounced peppercorn quality and certainly more snippety carbonation effects throughout; hints of baked peach cobbler, toasted coconut, heavy salted molasses and caramel, and a wholesome foundation of cinnamon bread and peppermint bourbon-ness. Palate has gained a lot of sparkle and body even given a few extra months; whisk of musty peat and floral honey in a winsome, soft finish. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, Zac! 8/4/8/4/16 4