JoeTheYounger (1121) - Claremont, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clearish amber pour. Aroma is oak with hints of bourbon and sugar. Taste is taste is mild bourbon and grains with brown sugar. Great stuff for such low alcohol
48FanInCali (644) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. Dark maple pour with thick but quickly dicipated head. Nose is malt, toffee and fairly light bourbon. Taste is fairly typical Scottish which to me is a Wee Heavy Light. Nice crisp bite with very little sweetness. Bourbon is light as well but just the right amount based on the other flavors and mouthfeel. Very drinkable but don’t think of this as a "Big Beer" since it weighs in at only 5.6%.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Urge in RB/Poway on the Tap Takeover night. They had 25different brews from Ballast Point that day. Better than the non BA version, because of the added complexity and overall oomph! Better mouthfeel and movement. Flavors mix and linger.
BiddleBrau (858) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m told this was a 2008 Scottish put on oak in 2010. On tap late February 2011. Dark Copper with no head. Aroma is sweet brandy liquor and some sourness. Sour cherry, vanilla, slightly dry, hint of cocoa some Brett snuck in. Really interesting.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The pour is a dark amber color with about a finger of off-white/tan head.
S: A nice bourbon and vanilla aroma with a fair amount of oak. There is definitely some booziness and as it warms up, there is an increasingly noticeable acetone smell. Blah.
T: Strangely fruity, and a bit overcarbonated. Vanilla, oak, and a touch of bourbon. The same harshness and paint thinner thing is going on here.
M: Medium in body with a rather high level of carbonation.
O: I haven’t had very good luck with Ballast Point’s barrel aged beers. Add this one to that list.
Suttree (4864) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Busy Bee, Raleigh. Reddish copper, dense beige head. Awesome aroma - maple, smokey, woodsy and caramel. Sweet up front, with caramel and maple. Bourbon is kinda understated, in a good way. Very smooth...
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2011 On draft at Pizza Port. Aroma of vanilla and caramel. Beer is brown with little off-white head. Quickly leaves no head and no lacing. Taste is all bourbon, vanilla and caramel. No Scotch ale detected as the bourbon barrel aging overpowered. Overall, not bad because I like bourbon, but was hoping to get some Scotch ale flavors and did not.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Ballast Point location north of San Diego. This was a very unique beer. Having not tried the regular Piper Down beer, I’m not sure how much of the character is coming from the bourbon barrels, but there was a strong vanilla presence in the aroma. Sweet and and strong vanilla with some other sticky, smokey malt characteristics. The flavors included all of the aromas, but also a certain earthy, sour character that was completely unexpected. The sourness must be a part of the original scotch ale underneath, but it made this beer very unique. Not sure how I felt about it - I know I couldn’t drink much more than a small glass.
malrubius (1547) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Papago last week in snifter from memory because I lost my f’ing notes. Sample. Amber/reddish with white ring. Sweet caramel and fruit aroma. Mildly sweet caramel vanilla cherry with warming soft mildly bitter woody finish Pretty good. I didn’t get much peat, if any, but then I was starting to tie one on.
egajdzis (5152) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazy brown color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, wood, sherry, and dark fruits. Taste of wood, bourbon, caramel malts, vanilla, dark fruits, nuts, tobacco, and a thinner finish.