JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this on draft at the Blue Palms’ Second Anniversary Party. This poured a clear dark reddish brown with an off white head. The aroma was nicely of bourbon: notes of oak and vanilla. The flavor was smooth, malty again with the vanilla and oak notes. For a big beer, this was incredibly drinkable. Very nicely done.
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to Snojerk321. Dark cherry caramel colored pour, little carbonation and an aroma of caramel and a little booze. Flavor is a bunch of caramel, little bit of booze and some vanilla. Finish was creamy and slick on the finish (very different and good.) For being a BA beer, it was refreshing to see that it wasn’t hindered by overpowering booze and lighter than I expected.
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit and chocolate. Flavour had roasted malt, caramel, overripe plums, dates and figs. Finished sweet.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewer’s night at the Daily Pint. Matt at Ballast Point let me know to be sure to try this one because it was the barrel aged version. Boy, was he right! Pours a clear bronze-brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of wood, whiskey, spice, bourbon, dates and vanilla. Taste is brown sugar, dates, raisins, wood, whiskey spice and cinnamon. Tannic and dry mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A very nice and sessionable barrel aged beer!
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Linda Vista location. Mostly clear reddish brown with a small beige ring. Nose is bourbon and oak with hints of caramel and roast malts.
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very tasty, well-balanced little beer with a lot more flavor than the ABV would imply. Sweet toffee malts, slight bourbon kick, wonderfully easy to drink and the bourbon isn’t nearly as oppressive as in the other smaller style BA beers I’ve had.
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the brewery. Poured a clear, deep amber with a baby head. No lace. Excellent vanilla, coconut, buttery bourbon nose. Taste is rich, creamy, buttery, slightly full of caramel, toffee. Bubbly, thin palate. Reminds more of Calico Amber than a Scottish ale.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d definitely get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. A little thin and lacks some complexity. Good beer overall though.
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown color with a off white head. Aroma is caramel barrel spices. Flavor is caramel malt some peat and barrel oak flavors. Thin bodied and easy to drink.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ BP. Amber brown hue with minimal head. Nose is caramel and peat with oaky vanilla. Flavor follows suit, the vanilla and oak superimpose onto the base Scottish caramel malts, finishes sweet. Medium body and low carbonation. A solid BA version of a great Scottish ale, even balance, wood flavors don’t overwhelm.