AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle - Pours dark tawny with medium lasting tan head. Big notes of sweet malt, oaky vanilla and bourbon goodness. Medium bodied with a sparkle of hoppy notes. Deceptively smooth, long finish, with a warmth at the end. Reminds a bit of OD, lighter bodied. Really pretty good.
marcus (7080) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head and a fruity aroma. There is a treacle, cherry and vanilla flavor with a bourbon finish.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #12. Dark reddish/brown pour, slightly hazy with a beige head that clung to the glass very nicely. Sweet dark fruitiness with a bit of bourbon that also lent the beer some heat as well. Flavor was very woody, a good amount of oak and a touch of bourbon, smooth finish though with just a slight lingering aftertaste. (2131)
MiP (13949) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught, 8.0%. Very vinous aroma, sweet fruit, hint of spicy vanilla. Cloudy dark red amber colour. The flavour is sweet and spicy, probably from the fruit, figs, that is. Sweet, but balanaced by a good citric flavour that must come from the Bourbon barrel, even though I think it tastes like red wine barrel. Good citric finish.
gyllenbock (5268) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Birch & Barley, October 2011.
Dark reddish/brown with a small slightly tan head. Aroma of oak, dark fruit, bourbon and toffee. The same in the nice taste. I liked the clean and rather full mouth feel of this beer.
craftycarl21 (2285) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey. Dark walnut colored pour with no head. Nose holds surprising ammounts of balsamic and cider vinegars, rye, port, and dark fruit; smells almost like an oud bruin. The flavor brings tart cherry and wood to the forefront. Bizarre for the style but I like it.
argo0 (11856) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Small beige head, cloudy dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, vanilla, caramel, some vinous, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, vanilla, light chocolate. Smooth medium-full body, light burn in finish, low carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GABF. Pours with a clear bronze body with a massive and lasting tan head that leaves excellent lace. Strong barrel aromas with vanilla, cinnamon-apple crisp, bready and caramelized. Mild raisin like esters. Flavors are of bourbon and oak. Some tannin, dry apple notes, bready. Medium bubbles and body.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft @ Frisco Taphouse) Served in a heavy stem glass. Murky amber with a touch of beige head. Nose of bourbon, wood, coconut, caramel and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, low carbonation. Tastes of sweet bourbon, oak, coconut, caramel, maybe a bit of rum and spice. Hot and sweet.
raphael (938) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My nose is thinking plum pudding some stouts been spilled on--plums, brown sugar, brandy, molasses. Opaque darkest brown with a deep knaki head. Balanced in the mouth. Flavor wise its much sweet balanced with some fruit sout, alcohol and valiant but outnumbered hops. Something I’d like to be drinking back home in a snifter rather than in a olastic mug at the wonderful oregon brewer’s fest. I’m guessing this will be one of the big hits,