hopscotch (9161) - 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 (736) - 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.
Nocturne (786) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle. Emerges as a hazy brown with a lingering ring of foam at the edges. Lots of brown sugar in the aroma with a notable barrel presence. Coffee is a factor in the taste and there’s a hint of sourness creeping in (infection?) Soft mouthfeel with a bit of heat. Good.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is tart cherries and some bourbon. Taste is apples, cherry and super light body.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Dan’s Birthday Tasting (Lyons, IL). Pours a nice deeper brownish orange hue, a mellow haziness, nice healthy orange glow on the edges. A frothy tannish head atop stays decent sized, sticks around and laces ok. Aromas are a bit carmelized, some apple elements, some oak, whiskey, some vanilla. Firm carmelization, some oak, and gentle toffee. Some spirit, warmth. Initial is a bit of warmth, toffee and toast, carmelized malts meet some apple, gentle fruit. Some vanilla, wet wood, and spirit. Middle is a bit toasty, gentle spice, bread and biscuit. Apple fruit and some spice into the backend, more wet wood and oak, some spirit. A bit hot, tannic with some richer oak, some toast. Ok.
MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
red-sepia, thin large bubbled white head. Coconut nose is lightly buttery oak, vanilla. Flavor is more oat, soft grains, again coconut and cedar. Soft brown sugar through end completes basic profile.
ericdevin (769) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Saraveza, Portland. 2010 vintage. Pours a medium reddish brown, slight tan head. Served a bit cold, warming the beer would improve aroma. Figs, booze, candi sugar. Body lively, finish sweet, woody and surprisingly not very hot. Age has treated this well, glad to have it on tap.
RaucusBacchus (63) - Sandy, Utah, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: sweet, fig & plum nose. Barely effervescent. Sweet forward. Acidic tart finish. Very complex. Unique. ~m
radagast83 (4643) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Ryan, thanks! Poured a golden, almost dark yellow color with notes of toffee, malts. Booze is a touch noticeable as is the bourbon and oak notes. Flavorful. Tasty. Not bad at all!
GT2 (8434) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL thanks to brainlair and ryan. Pours clear, dark maroon. Scant head and spotty lacing. Nose is tomato paste, thicker American bourbon, red apple, fumey brandy. As it warms, excellent coconut bourbon finally comes through. Taste is fairly hop/malt neutral, some lemon acid, dark cereal grain, dusty cocoa. Palate a bit weak sauce, some lemon.