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 (5310) - 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 (4608) - 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 (4955) - 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 isn’t for me.
Guerde (1217) - Minneapolis, 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 (1250) - 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 I’m not a huge bourbon fan, but I didn’t find this to be overpowering and thought it meshed quite well. Medium body. Long lingering finish. I’m definitely a fan.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 Date: 05/20/2006
Source: Tasting, Noog II
clear brown, thin whispy head, sweet oak aroma with a light hint of bourbon, after a while the big sweet bourbon comes bursting through and takes over the aroma with a touch of butterscotch and lingering vanilla, sweet bourbon flavor covered in layers of vanilla flavored hot carmel, lingering alcoholic heat,
Aroma: sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma,
Body: creamy body,
Overall: lots of heat that disapates after a while allowing some ripe fruit and smokeyness to show through
strong sweet bourbon and vanilla, ripe fruit character continues to grow in both the aroma and flavor,
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Generously shared by KAME. Mostly murky, tannic brown colored pour with a thin, wispy head of off-white. Nice legs are left clinging to the sides of the glass, but with little carbonation activity. A pile of caramelized raisins erupts boldly from the glass, darkened up with some earthy, peaty, pipe tobacco smoke. Notes of molasses add some spicy dark tones to a teething biscuit malt base. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, supple texture. Lots of sweet smoky malt caramels up front on the palate, accompanied by fruity tones of flambeed green raisins, dates, and coffee cake that come out mid-palate. Some oaky bourbon comes out on the back end of the palate, drying up the finish nicely, leaving behind some pleasant vanilla and light smoke with some warming (not harsh) alcohols. A sweet treat with fantastic depth and flavor complexity; the barrel character really fits in and melds beautifully with this beer. Thanks for sharing, Dillon!