FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a black color with a small foamy off white head that faded and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was malty with notes of molasses, rum and a touch of smoke. The flavor was bourbon, molasses, tobacco, wood, anise and vague fruity hops. Long finish. Moderately full bodied though a bit undercarbonated. The alcohol was fairly well contained. Interesting.
njager246 (343) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brew pub, great bourbon and dark malt aroma. Tons of caramel on the taste as well as dark fruits and bourbon, pretty boozy... fantastic!
alliance100 (640) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Rockwell/Republic - pours a deep murky brown . Sweet caramel and bready aromas . Fair amount of smooth bourbon sweetness . 13% was very well hidden . Fun beer .
b3shine (5333) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at Arcadia in Kalamazoo. Per the menu, this is a barrel-aged imperial brown ale. Looks good; a translucent cola with foamy beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; nutty, oaky, and boozy. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Some vanilla too. Not bad, but lacks complexity.
bwa5879 (639) - Portage, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown cola-like pour with thin beige head. Really great sweet bourbon and brandy scent, dar fruits and molasses. Strong flavor, robust peaty malts throughout, tons of dark fruits, carmel, vanilla, lighter and sweeter than a BBA imperial stout. Really smokey and full bodied with great amount of bourbon.
Mittenator (1284) - Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at zoobies. Deep brown with a beige head. Dark cocoa and roasted malt. Silky and smooth with a chocolate and boozy, caramel finish. Thin for 13%.
574deadzone (1025) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5 oz sample on draft. Pours deep ruby almost black with a thin mocha ring of head that leaves a wall of lace. Nose involves caramel, molasses, plenty of bourbon, chocolate, nuts, and some vinous grape notes. Very sweet, lightly tart, fairly bitter. Thick bodied, syrupy, oily, low carb, tingly and warm with alc, with a long whiskey finish. Very bourbon forward, but I found it to be pretty tasty, though in a small dose. Typical brown ale elements do peek through the large bourbon presence.
Pailhead (4761) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon...too much bourbon. It’s a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and caramel. The finish has heavy bourbon, coconut, and bourbon. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, this has way too much bourbon.
BlowOffTube (455) - Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour tan head. Bourbon oak and roasted coffee aroma. Lots of booze and a thin body light carbonation. Little roastiness some caramel and more booze.
koleminer20 (577) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Ashley’s Bourbon Barrel Takeover on March 25. The pour is a dark brown with some lighter notes throughout. There is a decent khaki head and a good amount of lace. There is a strong bourbon presence, backed up by a good vanilla note. There are also some dark fruit and underlying roasty tones to this one. The flavor is pretty big on the dark fruits with a big bourbon presence up front. This fades through a solid licorice and vanilla tone. The mouth feel is a little thin with a good carbonated creaminess and a lightly boozy aftertaste.