LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
If I were male, I swear I would get an erection from the aroma. I was afraid I would be disappointed by this beer, and it wasn’t even close. Aroma is butterscotch, bourbon, with some fruity hints. Flavor is much the same with an amazingly creamy, smooth mouthfeel. some age on this puppy and it will by far be the best scotch ale i’ve ever had.
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Noogfest2) Off-white head atop a hazy dark copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bourbon, caramel, smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, bourbon/vanilla, smoke, caramel. Medium-full, sticky palate.
Suttree (5148) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown, no head. Whisky, butterscotch aroma - not particularly diactyl, but noticeable - and hints of cherry and apple. Very syrupy palate. Some alcohol heat, and whiskey, vanilla, then smokey malts, then note of caramel. Nice notes of port or cognac, as well. Sampled at Noogfest2
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 (6537) - 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 (9170) - 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 (1865) - 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 (5341) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2014 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.
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, 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!