daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour, fluffy tan head. Flavors hit with some doughy malt, spent grain and then lead into vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrels.
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with some bourbon notes and some woody notes. Taste is a weird mix between some woody notes with some bourbon some caramelized malt notes though not as much residual sugars as I would have expected. Body is about average with good carbonation and some warming alcohol. Disappointed by this beer which lacks the balance I was hoping for and veers close to the messy category.
deyholla (5972) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to brokensail. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of a great bourbon note with some sweet grains with a bit of caramel. Flavor has a bit of light fruits but is mainly toffee and bourbon with a hint of caramel.
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, pretty awesome, rich malty and tasty, tons of bourbon flavors and richness, big fan
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ML bottle
Dark, hazy brown with a thin light brown ring for a collar.
Nose is toffee, brown sugar, soft oak and bourbon. Nothing too overpowering.
Taste is toffee, brown sugar, and some soft sour notes building in this. No real notes of bourbon or oak.
A bit too prickly carbonation for the style but still holds the sweetness of more of a barleywine. Still notes of infection are showing
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle opened up at the 2013 year end Ottawa tasting, thanks Phil. Vibrant amber with a light brown head. Sweet aroma combining vanilla and sugary caramel malts, oak, orange zest, brown sugar, slightly buttery. Mild carbonation, somewhat thin, bourbon / quite boozy, sweet.
rejtable (1139) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange with no head or lacing. Nose was orange zest, with notes of orange, caramel, some vanilla bourbon. Tastes were medium to high sweet and medium bitterness.
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark amber ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet candy sugar malt with orange pulp, coriander, nice. In mouth, a nice sweet caramel malt with Bourbon barrel notes, light vanilla, licorice, coriander, and loads of alcohol. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013.
hopscotch (8534) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Clear, deep ruby pour with a small, fizzy, white head. Oodles of raw oak, caramel and bourbon in the aroma. Full-bodied, but kind of thin, with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced - oak and a subtle caramel component that would be more prominent if not soaked up by the oak. Finishes fairly bland, but a bit boozy - which actually saves it in my eyes. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
Rando7 (697) - Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma oak, bourbon and a bit of sour. taste brown sugar, malts, caramel, toffee, marshmallow, vanilla, oak, whiskey. Finish mild oak and whiskey. Palate smooth and full.<p.
I was expecting a powerful barrel-aged strong ale so was a little put off at first, but realized it’s very good in its own way - a more delicate easy drinking bourbon-barrel aged beer. Not that aggressive or extreme but very enjoyable.