emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft copper amber pour with a sandstone tan head. Nose is rich and caramel forward with hints of toasted oak and diacetyl. Caramel and bitter tannic oak. Musty and lightly oxidized. The barrel is not as forward as I would have expected. A nice enough strong ale.
joeneugs (4203) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Beer Revolution. It pours a dark brown color with an off white head. The aroma is a nice mix of cinnamon, bourbon, dark fruity raisin, red grape, plum and a touch of nutmeg. The flavor is the same. Nice rich plum and figgy fruit with toasty, spicy vanilla barrel notes. It’s rich on the palate and feels bigger than it is, and I mean that in a good way. Excellent stuff.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle shared by Brad at rbsg2011. Thanks Pours a dark copper amber with a sudsy tane head. Notes of strong toffee, brown sugar, oak, light oxidation.
Butters (3960) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the First Inaugural Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Festival. Near clear amber pour with decent offwhite head. Sweet citrus nose. Flavor was more bitter. Some whisky notes in there. A little alcohol. Meh.
IrishBoy (3956) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBSG! Nose of oak and vanilla. Clear brown with a small beige head made of big bubbles. Flavor was bourbon, caramel, and a little vanilla.
Nuffield (3835) - 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.
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tepid brown, no head. Hot, lightly malty, heavy sugar and fruit, bit of toffee and paper and cinnamon through finish. Pretty aged at this stage.
HonkeyBra (3724) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at GABF2013. Pours a ruddy mahogany with a nice white head. Aroma of barrel, christmas tree, pine, spice, some oak and resinous qualities as well. Flavor is fairly bitter with a moderate sweetness. Lots of vanilla, oak, pine, and bourbon. Slick bodied, lively carbonation. Finishes with lots of oak and bourbon. Enjoyable.
nickd717 (3638) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum generously shared by largadeer on BA around the Pliny the Younger release - thanks, Chris! Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a very small off-white head. Aroma is more or less Old Foghorn meets the -bals. Lots of caramel malt and some dark fruit notes as well as some oak and bourbon. Flavor is nice and complex. Sweet caramel and toffee, very mellow, with sweet figs and dates and oak, bourbon and vanilla. Medium-full on the palate with soft carbonation and only very mild booze. Great execution on the -bal aging by Anchor for this one.
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 ounce sample on tap at Toronado for their 26th anniversary. The aroma has a light dustiness with a mild to moderate bourbon character, and nice underlying sweetness present. Good nose. Transparent amber body with a small, weak, off-white head. Starts a bit fizzy and carbonated, before light metallic, tinny flavor comes in briefly. Bourbon then follows which plays well with the base beer. Very balanced. Finishes with slight metal. A little too carbonated, but otherwise, nice.