3fourths (8395) - 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 thereís semi-sweet tobacco, caramel and plum along with the more obvious bourbon and oak notes. Very huge, lingering, tingling and warming finish Ė thatís the remarkable thing about this beer Ė 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 mjís 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 havenít 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 isnít 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 (1642) - 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
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#257 Medium brown, no head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Taste is toffee, a bouquet of fruit, bourbon, oak.
IrishBoy (3910) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by Odeed from Footbalm; bottle 257/280 2005 Vintage; Nose of oak, raisins, caramel, and bourbon; clear brown with some scatted beige bubbles; flavor of dark fruit, caramel, very light bourbon, and woodiness. Thanks to Jake for sharing!
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(big thanks to footbalm for this bottle.batch #1,257/280)orange/brown body with no head.very nice complex aroma of oak,vanilla,bourbon,brown sugar,orange,and cinnamon.the flavor carries what the aroma does,along with some caramel and alcohol.this is super complex,yet super smooth at the moment.alesmith does it once again.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 Sample from oodeftone on Beer Advocate at the Lost Abbey (ahem, while picking up a Veritas 001, ahem). Huge thanks Kyle! Nice malty aroma with bourbon highlights. The bourbon is a little overly noticable, but certainly not as clearly as in the BA Wee Heavy. Very dark amber color. Small head, but with very nice microbubble ring around the edge of the glass. Nice sweetness. Reminds me of an unrefined Angelís Share, because thereís a tad too much bourbon. Still an excellent beer.
Tried again at fordestís tasting with ibrew2or3, fordest, papajohn, toncatcher, and others. 9,4,8,4,18: same rating, but I seemed to enjoy it more.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 bottle #21/124 Pour a deep mahogany brown with no head. Aroma of wood, tobacco leaf, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol. Tastes of caramel, roasted almonds, a smooth toffee flavor and huge boubon and vanilla tastes with a lot of alcoholic warmth to the somewhat spicy sweet finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a cloudy amber brown body topped by a thin head with little lacing. Itís sweet and full of toffee and caramel notes with a nice vanilla and bourbon note. Very nice. Full bodied and warming.