footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Hopscotch for sharing this at
the Dark Lord party and to Sprinkle for trading it to him. Nose was loaded with butterscotch and vanilla. The BA-ing was not overdone it simply added to the delightfullness of this brew. Has a little rawness to it that seemed to be alcohol burn but it still was tasty
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unless the bourbon from the BOURBON BARRELS equates to too hot than I’m not sure about this beer being too hot . Anyways pour is darkish brown with minimal head. Nose is big on bourbon....Let me rant a little..... this bourbon barrel thing yeah its new, but its basically a new style no? So why not just get used to the idea that its a style unto its own and stop complaining hoping the style . Pour is deep mahogony with lite off white head. Nose is brilliant vanilla, bourbon, with a great maltiness coming through to really top thing off nicely. Flavor really takes on the bourboness and hard core vanilla. I do wish I had more of this to age and feel out over the years, but by no means do I feel its too hot to drink now.
marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled 2004, number 28/234. This dark brown ale poured with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly, eliciting a very malty aroma. There is a distinct alcohol note to the already smoky flavor that leaves a bourbon taste on the tongue. I light up a Trinidad Fundadore and view my spring garden in a California back yard, with magpies and jays seeking worms. I listen to Yusef Lateef screaming his life into "Like It Is." This is a definition of the essence of life! Possible the best beer I have had.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Bottle #17... DLD06.... This beer rocks!... Lightly hazy, caramel-colored ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The aroma is a wonderful blend of chocolate, coconut, oak, vanilla and sourmash. This bottle’s still a little hot. Lots of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit and chocolate in the flavor. Full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Finishes bourbony, malty and bone-dry. Given a choice, I would have layed this one down for a while, but I had to share it with my "drinking buddies" at the Hampton tasting. Another world class beer from Peter! Thanks goes out to sprinkle for the trade.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 I got another chance to try this, and while it is much better than I remember my first sample of this was, I still think they screwed up a good by by putting it in that barrel. I bumped the aroma up 2 pts and the overall up 2 pts.
Sampled at the Dark Lord/Hampton Inn tasting 06. Many thank yous to hopscotch for sharing this much sought after treat. Looks kinds of watery in the glass, but beautifly colored with browns and yellows. This beer is still overwhelmed with bourbon. Aroma, taste, palate, you name it, there’s bourbon. All of the typical bourbon barrel character is there: vanilla, oak, some smoke. Some trace nuttyness and caramel can be detacted, but for a beer that was released with some age already on it, it is still way too hot.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy copper color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of strong bourbon, some vanilla, peat smoked malts, with caramel and a fair amount of alcohol. Taste was also strong and really bourbony. More nuts and roast, with vanilla, and light caramel... still quite hot in the finish.
Brigadier (2590) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by hopscotch at Hampton Inn tasting post Dark Lord
After taking a short break so my nose and palate functioned again, I tackled this beast. Hints of bourbon, vanilla, oak chips and malt combined to remind me of a wet fall day. The body was a deep autumnal red, almost caramel color. After admiring my small sample for a little bit, I took a sip to find similar items in the taste that presented themselves earlier. There was vanilla, bourbon, cherries, dried oak chips and a creamy texture holding it all together. The finish was a little bitter but still quite good as the union of tones slowly melted away in my mouth. Thanks again for sharing hopscotch!
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Hopscotch at the Hampton Inn Tasting (Saturday). Huge bourbon aroma with moderate vanilla. Just the slightest hints of caramel sneak past all the bourbon. Pours a transparent orangish-brown with a small off-white head. Loaded with bourbon up front with vanilla, the slightest touch of caramel, and alcohol finish. Outside the faint caramel that I can barely detect in the aroma and flavor, there is very little evidence of the base beer here. While I find that I do like it solely because on the fact that I like the bourbon and vanilla flavors, there’s just not enough base beer presence. Another overdone bourbon barrel aged beer.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had to rate it... bottle 217/234. Pours a clear, dark brown color with a reddish small but sticky head and decent amount of stringy looking lacing. Aroma is heavy with bourbon and smooth caramel, rich but very enjoyable on the nose. Flavor is very similar with lots of bourbon and oak coming through. Finishes with strong caramel and slight hints of alcohol. Very smooth but heavy on the palate, kind of coats the mouth. This is a very good beer that will be great as it ages. You can always count on Alesmith for consistent top-notch beer!!
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #24 of 234: A deep burgandy color held up to a flashlight with a small light beige head. Aroma is bourbon, oak and maybe a hint of smoke. Flavor is rich and malty with dark fruit, oak, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, a hint of licorice and a light orange rind bitterness in the finish. Medium body, creamy texture with soft carbonation. YAHOO! AleSmith rocks!