Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dec. 04 vers Poured deep cloudy orangey amber with a nice tan head...smell was oaky and sweet with a hint of vanilla...taste was hot...hot with bourbon, oak, smoke, vanilla, alcohol...just tastsed way too hot...Iíve got a bottle of the July 9.5 and I must wonder if it is smoother...this needs a LOT of time...
Ernest (6730) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dec í04 version. Head is mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with strong notes of raw wood and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very medicinal nose without much appealing in it at all. Flavor balance is ok, but this just wasnít particularly good overall.
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured quite pretty and had a great head. Aroma was inviting and sweet. But then on first sip, that same sweetness raises itís ugly head. WAY too sweet. This definitely will benefit from some aging. It NEEDS to be aged. Much to one dimensional at this point, but has great potential.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled September 2004 drank February 2005: I wasnít going to have any beer today, but then I heard that Hunter S. Thompson died, so there went that idea. Dark hazy yellow with a rocky white head that isnít going anywhere. Wood notes, brown sugar and lemons in the aroma, although they are all fairly muted. Starts and ends lightly sweet with a warm ending. Active carbonation, and thin bodied. Bourbon notes come out as it warms, but they are not overwhelming like some barrel-aged beers.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Smells like bourbon -- Jim Beam whie label without the alcohol. Rough aroma. Thin white head over a golden body; slight lacing left after it dissipated fairly quickly. The first note is bourbon with a smoky background. Almost all of the Belgian spice is dominated in the flavor and only present in the aftertaste. Not for me. hard to discern the palate through the overpowering bourbon flavor, but itís light and bubbly. Not as good as the regular tripel.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím crazy about a beer that is aged in oak barrels, especially boubon aged beers. Iím a big fan of Beam too, but this beer was just a bit too overwhelming. Strong bourbon flavor right off the top. Even the foamy head reminded me of a Beam/ginger ale. The over all experience was almost like drinking a Boilermaker with bourbon. I think this one is definately overprice at $15 bucks but if you like bourbon aged brews, I guess it is worth a try. I have another bottle on the shelf that I will probably offer as a trade someday.
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
strong burboun flavor - almost unpleasent at first (given my dislike for burboun in general). looks like the tripel, and smells like jim beam. smell is sweet and fruity, and the taste is woody and fuirty as well. not a bad beer, but not worth the 14.99 price tag that came with it.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
September bottle. Pours a golden color with npt alot of head. Flavor has a nice alcohol flavor and the Beam is present in the after taste. This is pretty good. Im a huge Beam fan and enjoy this brew.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: hazy golden, white head, aroma of sweet fruits and yeast, flavor sweet, some spice, not too bitter, didnt notice much bourbon flavor, which was good for this beer. Enjoyable
wxman (1575) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I have to agree with the handful of other raters who feel the bourbon flavor in this is too astringent and dominant to be in there with the soft nuanced flavors of a good triple. To add insult to injury, they charge $13 a 750 ml bottle! I wouldnít do this again. Itís good, but not that good. If you like this flavor combination take some advice. Buy your favorite abbey triple or dubble and throw in 1/2 a shot of Jim Beam. Youíll be there at less than half the price.