beastiefan2k (2257) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Magnum shared by the silky one at RBSG’09 Grand Tasting. This was a grade A mess up of a barrel beer. I see why they threw in in a magnum and made less bottles. The beer is basically alcohol and lots of barrel, lots of leafy barrel, lots of cardboard, and lots of crap. It is a dark brown color. This was just amateur night at the Apollo. The beer is a dark brown color.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the grand tasting, thanks a lot. Aroma is vanilla, wood and aged malt. Flavor is the same; somewhat mellow overall and the malt is sorta plain, neither bitter nor sweet.
beersearcher (2265) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I do not like whiskey/bourbon beers as a general rule. This one is great though. Almost like dessert. Lovely roast smell and bourbon/vanilla taste. You can actually taste the beer through the oak.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to DaSilky1 for bringing this to the RBSG 2009 grand tasting.
This dark amber pour had subdued flavors of vanilla, whiskey and oak. For me, the flavors were a bit light. The barrel influence wasn’t very strong.
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (1 liter?). Poured a brownish red. Nose is slight bourbon, wood, some vanilla and toasted grains. Flavor is a smooth roasted caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, grassiness, and slight booze. Very nice.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Rich amber-brown beer with an off-white head. Light malt, light barrel/whiskey aroma. Toffee/malt flavor with oak and vanilla. Medium-plus bodied. Vanilla and oak lingers with a bit of whiskey and malt. Nice.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2009 1.5. Brown colored ale. Unfortunately the nose is really lacking, only light hints of malt and wood. Lacking power. Flavor doesn’t have a lot going on either, a touch of vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, but it’s really soft, sweet, simplistic, light. Nice enough effort. Well made, I just wish it had more power, more taste.
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of oak (coconut and vanilla). Very soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Deep, dark brown. Quite tasty, particularly as it warmed up a little bit.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rye and toasted oak nose with hints of coconut, vanilla, white pepper and caramel. Soft and herbal on the palate with further influence form the rye whisky leading into a very toasted toffee and biscuit middle with some mild oak astringency at the end. This would be phenomenal with less time in barrel.
Limited to a 100 case 600 bottle release, sampled at the SF beer week kickoff/OBA tasting party.