Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is hazy brown with a thin off white head...smell is smokey and sweet with lots of caramel, vanilla, and molasses...lots of wood...taste is sweet and smokey...chewy mouthfeel...on of my favorites of the BCTC fest.
egajdzis (4896) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[BCTC 06] Poured a hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, vanilla, oak, caramel malts, light bourbon, and toffee. Taste of nuts, more caramel malts, tart dried fruits, vanilla, and a lightly bourboned finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2006. 3-4 ounce sample. Sweet, mildly funky bourbon-like aroma that is not overpowering, though. Again, slightly funky malty sweetness in the nose that is rather pleasant. Mildly hazy amber color with a small off-yellowish head and some legs. Sweet, sticky, bourbon notes to start, which continues with more maltiness in the middle (which lacks the bourbon notes). There is also some earthiness later on as well. There might be a bit too much barrel presence in this, but it is still smooth and enjoyable.
notalush (4173) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
BCTC. Nice reddish, nearly purple, with off-white head - the beer less smells of bourbon as it does reak of it, like an alcoholic on the subway - nice full woody presence, though - the flavor is all bourbon and wood, overpowering almost all of the original flavor of the beer - a bit of cherry and plum try to make appearances, but the big bourbon flavor just kicks them back - they left this stuff in the barrels just a bit too long.
Glouglouburp (5568) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at BCTC 2006. Cloudy light brown with a small white head. Forestry and caramel smell. Taste is whiskey type of single-malt, nutty and tree bark. Manages to have some hop presence despite its very intense malt character. 10% is not too apparent. To my great surprise I found it refreshing!!! Aged four, wow, can you imagine what it will be when itís a grown up.
rudolf (2276) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BCTC. Nose is burbon, brown sugar, plum/tobacco. Flavor is really well rounded but still definetly burboned. Wood, smoke, sweet caramel. Burns a bit as it goes down.
mkobes (2132) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Belgian Room. Deep reddish copper in color with a nice tan head. Fruity and oaky aroma. Vanilla notes. Fruity and malty flavor. Oak notes. Bourbon. Medium bodied. Finish is oaky. Good.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Belgian Room. Reddish brown with a small but sturdy head. Taste is sour cherry abd apple before the smooth, wet wood kicks in. The warming abv is less noticeable as it warm. Too bad the wood takes away more than it adds. A nice find though.
tiggmtl (4516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Barrel aging is blatantly obvious in the nose but somehow the fact that it is so assertive really seems to work for me with this beer on this occasion. Vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, and fruity esters in the aroma. Hazy reddish-brown coloured body with a low white head that recedes rapidly to a very slight ring. Some nutty character survives the huge bourbon and alcohol flavour along with a sweet, round caramel malt base. Medium light body is both watery and sticky with somewhat low carbonation. Though it is interesting, barrel aging seems to have taken an excellent beer down a few notches. This is nothing I would seek out again while the regular version is certainly something I would always consider purchasing. Sampled on tap at the Extreme Beer Fest 2006.
Rastacouere (6044) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy peat moss colored, its light off-white head quickly dies. A somewhat complex nose, minty, leafy, brandy nuanced in its woodiness, some pleasant oak notes, but undeniably bourbon dominated, drowned in bourbon even as the strong alcohol masks a good part of the ABTor quad fruity character. Sure the bourbon appears fairly integrated, itís not done by novices, but it nonetheless diminishes the interest, sweetening the whole process with strong toffee component and chocolate powder, after eight minty, woody flavours that grow oily. Watery edges betray the stolen character from the barrel, I certainly donít remember the Four as being light-medium bodied at best and oily at that rather than Belgian carbonated. You feel the dying presence of grapes underneath, drowning, the background earthiness, drowning. Bourbon is stronger than beer, a lesson to remember. Itís a matter of personal preferences really, because I can see myself falling in love with the same beer done in a bordeaux barrel ŗ la Stille Nacht.