Ratman197 (12818) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Avery poured a clear amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, vanilla and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of whiskey, oak, vanilla, light fruittiness and light spice with a smooth lingering whiskey finish.
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours a murky amber body with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, coconut, caramel, maple syrup, and toffee. Flavor of bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, roasted malt, vanilla, and toffee. Excellent!
jcwattsrugger (12011) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBWG@RLRL-bottle-pours an off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is bourbon, sweet medium malt-caramel. Taste is bourbon, wood, sweet medium malt-caramel, earthy hops bite. Sipping.
BeerandBlues2 (11831) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Avery. Pours hazy tawny with an average, creamy off-white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), heavy hop (flowers, perfume), heavy yeast (dough, earth) with notes of port, wood, maple syrup and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Date: February 27, 2010
Source: Brewfest, Brewvival
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, touch of fruity tartness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, well balanced tartness, nice touch of funk, light bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour. Aroma is a bourbon bomb! Loads of wood and vanilla and malt. Flavor is sweet and boozy. Vanilla, toffee and bourbon. Strong and delicious.
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Avery during GABF week. Pours a bit brownish, dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Pretty spicy, moderate whiskey, caramel, earthy, lightly oaky nose. Pretty strong, but tasty, caramel, whiskey, vanilla, a bit woody flavor. Pretty tasty if you don’t mind high alcohol Avery beers.
arminjewell (9236) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of big sweet caramel, toffee, and molasses, hints of whiskey, earth, and slight oak, touch of fruity notes in there as well, booze comes through as well. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, touch of earth, oak, finishing fairly sweet, some nice fruity notes at the end as well. Pretty nice.
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one made its way over to our camp at DLD ’10, and I’m not sure who brought it, but I believe it was a guest tap. Beernbourbon? pantanap? BBB63? No idea, but someone deserves for me to split something cool with him. I took shitty notes on this, even spelling the name of it wrong. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Notes of bourbon, caramel malts, vanilla, and wood. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a sticky, boozy mouthfeel. I love Buffalo Trace’s various bourbons, and hopefully get a chance to try this in an atmosphere more conducive to diligent note taking.
3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
wow. two beers blended and bourbon-infused, and I am not a fan of either, how bad could it be, really? mostly clear medium gold/orange body with little to no head and very low carbonation. the nose is intoxicatingly hot with ethanol. it’s not helped at all by the highly oxidized caramel malt and belgian candy sugar notes (wet cardboard and solvent) - I mean we’re talking about samael’s oak aged ale (which I’ve never encountered *without* oxidation) put into a bourbon barrel which just furthers oxidation even more. the ethanol in both the aroma and flavor seems to come primarily from the samael’s and not from the buffalo trace barrels - the bourbon flavor itself seems to be washed out by the high sugar content of both component beers, although I’m certain the bourbon sweetness amplifies this already-cloying blend. it honestly reminds me of some rather awful oak chip and barrel-aged IPAs, which tend to smell and taste of perfume, basement mold and wet cardboard. you’ve got some form of sweet candy sugar/simple syrup from the reverend along with the exceedingly unpleasant oxidized caramel quality from samael’s, both of these undesirable (to me) qualities clashing with a third: the oak/vanilla/mold character of the barrel. texture is overly thick and resinous; sticky, chewy, cloying with intense sweetness - *that*, I’m going to guess, is where the buffalo trace makes it’s mark: adding to the already high sweetness of reverend and samael’s - I mean basically we’re talking about two of the sweetest, messiest beers made by avery (my humble opinion, of course) and they’re allowed into a sweet bourbon barrel for extra measure? kill me now.