juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Kickbacks. This one pours a dark mahogany brown color and topped by a thin head of tan colored foam that recedes quickly leaving scant lines of lace on the glass. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, smooth bourbon, and vanilla laden oak to go with a toasted caramel malt backbone. The bourbon comes through nicely without showing overly boozy. The flavor follows suit with the dark chocolate and some roast followed by the smooth bourbon soaked oak and vanilla. The toasted caramel malt ties everything together nicely. Medium bodied, but a touch thinned out from the barrel with subtle carbonation that leads to a smooth bourbon finish. This one is all about the bourbon, but it is smoothly integrated and really enhances the base beer quite well. This is definitely one of Bold City’s better efforts.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown pour with a hinto red and creamy light tan head and lace. Aroma of light chocolate and roasted malt. Sour malt, light chocolate with a dry finish. Thin watery and fizzy.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Kickbacks for the RBWG. Great aroma, strong oak with raisins; stong alcohol in the body. Become better and stronger in the warming.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Kickbacks for the RBWG. Great aroma, oak, raisins, boozy. Great as it warms. Quite nice
Leighton (8791) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Kickbacks, RBWG - thanks Matt! Pours clear, dark brown with a light, beige cream head. Nose holds dark fruits, butterscotch, toffee. Medium sweet flavor with mild dryness, lightly tangy dark malts, bits of alcohol, some rich bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish, some sticky sugars, dark berries, apple, pineapple. Novel.
phaleslu (5210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Kickbacks, served in a footed glass. Pours a cloudy brown color with gold highlights and a small off-white head. The aroma shows some tart fruits right away (not a good sign) that give way to oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and toasted caramel. The flavor is the same. Super light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Leaves the palate in an instant. Might be showing some mild signs of infection.
drowland (5719) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10/23/12. On tap at Bold City’s 4th Anniversary Party. Brown pour with a small khaki head. Straight bourbon aroma, woody and sweet, but not all that complex and lacking depth from the base beer. Bourbon flavor as well with coconut candy and wood. The BA is actually fine, but I just don’t think the base beer can take it.
alogan97 (71) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Aroma is sweet and nutty. Appearance is a deep brown. Taste is sweet but roasty. You can taste smoke and caramel hints. Complex taste and full on the palate.
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with thin white head. Nose is heavy on the bourbon. Taste is smooth bourbon up front, with a little brown sugar and an interesting zing that follows. Palate is thin, but clean. Very good stuff on their anniversary.
GT2 (7117) - Riverslime, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at JP Henley’s in St Augustine, FL. Flat, murky, deep ruby pour with no head formation/lace. Nose is nice milk chocolate/malted milk balls. Taste up front is heavier Makers Mark or similar bourbon- sweet red cherries and soft booziness. Very obvious barrel character doesn’t overwhelm but adds a thickness/richness that is absent in the normal Duke’s Brown Ale. Past the bourbon some tart, cherry cola comes through. Tart lemon body. Perhaps some rum filed dark chocolate truffle. It pains me to say it but this is one of Bold City’s better beers even though BA’ing a 7% brown ale sounds like a disaster. Good stuff. I guess they gave up on the "L" and "D" anniversary stouts.