FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage. Murky dark orange-brown with little to no head. Chocolate, dark alefruit, caramel, vanilla, and alcohol heat in the aroma. Heavy oak and vanillin up front. Chocolate, raisins, slight smoke. Higher alcohol notes with syrupy malt. Rusty nuttiness, semisweet chocolate notes in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy, rich, with some alcohol heat.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2005 vintage bottle #98/222 from Alesmith brewery. Dark mahogany brown with garnet highlights around the edge and absolutely no head. Big caramel, chocolate, and whiskey aroma. Thick velvet mouthfeel. Initial taste of smooth yet oddly crisp wood, transitioning to a chocolate and caramel taste, which is immediately replaced by the bourbon and vanilla tastes and finishes with a tobacco and spice taste intermingled with a nice alcoholic sweetness. Excellent.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #500. 2005 vintage.. Drank this with four friends on the beach at San Onofre State Beach. Annual dudes camping trip.
Anyway, this beer was a definite highlight. We all agreed that it was fantastic. Well, everyone but my friend Drum, who happens to work for Anheuser Busch and thinks Natural Light is a "Damn fine beer." Even he admitted it was good. As with all of the BA Alesmith beers I have had, the Bourbon is definitely the star, and is very prominent. I have read others complain about this, but I happen to love the fact that the bourbon is so noticeable. The wood balances things out rather nicely and the smooth velvety mouthfeel makes this a really nice sipper. We all agreed that there is an interesting Coconut finish that is just fantastic. This is a world class beer in my opinion and it really was a treat to have consumed.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 2004 vintage bottle (220 out of 234), shared by Guerde and Olso2116. Pours a brownish amber brew with a very fast dissolving tan head that comes clean with a very thin film on top. No lacing or ring in this glass. Aroma of dark caramel malt, plenty of bourbon, coconut, and some vanilla. Taste is medium to full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of coconut, bourbon, some caramel malt and plenty of alcohol. Finish is smooth and creamy with a coconut/bourbon aftertaste that really sticks around. A pleasant brew to share and experience!
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to olso2116 for sharing! Bottle number 220/234. It has a brown color and smells like bourbon. Fine bourbon, sweet caramel malt, and coconut dominate the flavor. Not too sweet like some other bourbon beers.
badgerben (4394) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #220. Thanks to Guerde and Olso2116! These guys just keep bringing the great stuff! Murky brown color with a thin head. Big bourbon aroma, but not like sniffing an actual glass of bourbon. Tastes very much like it has a lot of Knob Creek in it. A fair amount of smoke with a powerfully sweet malt finish. Very good, but I think I like the un-aged one a bit better.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to olso2116 for sharing this treat (bottle 220/234). Dark brown body with faint head. Smooth whisky on the nose. Slightly green oak flavor on the sweet body. Lots of bourbon in the body as well.
JK (4401) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Very good of Oslo2116 to share this incredibly rare treat. Bottle number 220/234. Even as I am extremely grateful to try this, I am terribly disappointed because AleSmith has ruined an excellent beer with a crappy bourbon flavor. They might have used a different a different barrel, oak chips, Calvados, Port barrels, but instead, dialed-in bourbon. Bourbon aroma and bourbon flavor. Hardly recognizable as a Scotch ale any more, without the complexity and flavor of the un-ruined, regular version. Considerable malt is present anyway, as well as sugar, but bourbon has covered all there was to love. Palate seemed a little thin. I feel bad about this review because I know this beer is kind of a big deal and I love thick, sweet vinous Scotch ales, but the bourbon isnít for me.
Guerde (1164) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle, big thanks to olso2116) Pours dark brown with just a minimal white head. The aroma of this beer is great with bourbon, oak, coconut, and some peanut butter. The flavor was predominately bourbon, but it really worked for this beer, and upon some warming you could pick up some of the malty caramel sweetness too. This was great.
sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 [Bottle, #220, via trade with JCapriotti, thanks!] Pours dark brown with a tiny white head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak and coconut--very nice. Taste is strongly of bourbon at first with some fruitiness towards the end. Normally Iím not a huge bourbon fan, but I didnít find this to be overpowering and thought it meshed quite well. Medium body. Long lingering finish. Iím definitely a fan.