Ibrew2or3 (6851) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to some dude at the tasting, you rock dude. Pours deep striking mahogany with thin off white head. The aroma is full bourbon then oak and then wafting over to a robust layer of tasty smelling sticky maltiness. The taste starts with pure malt, dark fruitiness and bourbon sweetness. A very nice combination creating a smooth opening act. It then becomes thinner with booze and then some modest notes of oak. The stuff is drinking very nice and ending somewhat sweet, nutty, sweet bourbon, oak and yum.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby sunset brown with a tiny tan head.
Nose is bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits.
Taste is bourbon, light brown sugar, oak, walnuts, with a slightly watery finish.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Magnum. Pours brown with a thin but persistent tan head. Smells of vanilla, oak, some whiskey, caramel, cognac, some spicy hints, peppery. Taste reveals some vinuous hints initially that give way to a dry oakiness with some sweet toffee and dark fruity elements and a peppery, nutty finish. Excellent!
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to tpd975 and retorp for the share. Pours dark cola brown with thin white head. Nose is bourbon, cola, chocolate, spice, cinnamon, vanilla, barrel, and some Christmas Ale. Taste really strikes like Our Special Ale, lots of bourbon, vanilla, cola, and spices throughout. Body is a bit thin, as is carbonation. Very nice, enjoyable beer.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnum thanks to Hophead84, thanks for sharing this one Shane. Pours coffee brown with some faint red highlights, small beige head with a touch of lacing. Good amount of whiskey and wood on the nose as well as caramel, toffee and some dark fruits. The flavor kicks off with hints of vanilla, whiskey, caramel.......some fig and plum in there as well. Finishes pretty hot, overall pretty damn tasty.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a dark amber brown body topped by a medium thick head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with great vanilla, caramel and bourbon notes. Full bodied and smooth yet warming.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Tampa Wkly Gathering courtesy retorp&tpd975-1.5L bottle-pours a disappearing off white head and mahogany color. Aroma is bourbon, medium/dark fruit, sweet medium malt. Taste is bourbon, medium/dark fruit, sweet medium malt, some earthy hops. Easy, light/medium body.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours with a brownish color. Aromas of wood, bourbon, flavors of vanilla, bourbon, some caramel. Nice creamy mouthfeel, I like it better than most people here, but it may have aged well in the meantime.
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 150 cl. Clear, warm orangey brown with a tiny off-white head. Sweetish aroma of burned malt and wood. Medium body, burned caramel and lots of oak. Hardly any biterness. 110709
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like many people who have rated this beer, I may like the story behind it but have a hard time seeing anything particularly special in the beer. Lots of British beers are barrel aged but a lot of those beers have 3.1 averages. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.