ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty pumped when I found this on Tap at the Great Lost bear (i’ve been looking for this beer for a while). Great appley notes, very much reminded me of the regular four, but with that peaty whiskey flavor thrown in. There’s a lot going on here, it’s mildly sweet, very alcoholic tasting, but so enjoyable. Pretty much the perfect beer for sipping and slowly enjoying.
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 (6014) - Pennsburg, 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 (3613) - 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 (5707) - 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 (6103) - 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 it’s a grown up.
rudolf (2353) - 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 (2142) - 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 (3213) - 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 (4544) - 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.