574deadzone (1293) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. What a brew. Pours a deep brown toward purple with a thin khaki ring of head that left a thick wall of lace on the glass. Very complex nose involving sappy walnut tree, rich ruby port, molasses and assorted dark fruits, some grape wine-like character, cherry pipe tobacco, barbecue and soy, and some alcohol vapors. Very sweet in flavor but also pretty bitter, though probably not enough to balance. Full bodied, sticky, with a long warm fruity wine-like finish. Really awesome brew, happy to try. Probably should have shared, though, as this rocked me to no surprise.
Daytonbeer (710) - Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours mahogany in color with very little head and no lacing or visible carbonation. Aroma of vanilla, cough syrup, bourbon, coke, and dark fruits. Taste is the same with additional Carmel and brown sugar. Wow. This is an outstanding and complex beer.
bluejacket74 (1613) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce wax capped bottle, 12/18/12 stamped on the bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/mahogany brown color with about a quarter inch tan head that didnít stay around for too long. Thereís also a small amount of lacing. The aroma is rich and malty, the brew smells like bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, oak, and a bit of booze. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses and raisins. Thereís also a surprising amount of bitterness in this brew, although the sweet malty flavors are stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís slick and easy enough to drink for a 12% ABV brew. Moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, hopefully I can pick up another bottle in the future. $7.99 a bottle.
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. poured brown with beige head that didnít last left a small amount of lacing. aroma middle of the road bourbon, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla. 1st taste was not impressed, had to let it warm to get some flavors out of it the bourbon still tasted on the cheap side
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter. 5/12/13. Pours deep brown with a fluffy, beige head. Aroma is cereal, breads, vanilla, caramel, fruit, oak, wood, alcohol. Taste is malty, fruity, sweet, acidic, caramel, bourbon, wood (oak), earth, vanilla, hint of leather; finish of citrus, fruit skin, dark fruit, dry vanilla. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Beautiful lacing. Chewy mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Excellent.
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Ruddy orange-brown body, thin off-white head. Hot nose with notes of bourbon, oak, raisin, and caramel; alcohol prevalent. Oaky, soft body with layers of caramel, toast, and bread, finishing with warming alcohol notes. Yum.
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with some heads.Pours burgandy red with light head and not much lacing. Aromas of plum, dark fruit, booze, toffee, and barrel. Flavor is sweet malts, sugary fruit, black cherry. Finishes smooth with a little burn in the chest. Tasty.
drsordr (1732) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour from alexsdad06. Color dark brown. Nose pure bourbon. Initial flavor all bourbon. After the alcohol I get some aftertaste of spice, caramel, and maybe vanilla. Tastes like hoppy bourbon.
jdskinns (209) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark cola color with slights off white head. Aroma is bourbon, barrel, brown sugar, dark fruit, and some melon. Taste is bourbon, brown sugar, sweet. Not as much fruit or barrel in the taste as in the aroma but still very good.
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this on tap at the brewpub. It has a great dark ruby color to it. The aroma is strong vanilla, dark cherry, and sweet caramel. The flavor has some pronounced vanilla bourbon character up front with a nice sweet caramel, dark cherry middle. There is enough alcohol on the finish that it does not leave too much of a cloying sweet aftertaste. I really liked this. If you see a bottle of this, donít let the price dissuade you, itís well worth a try.