fletchfighters (998) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-- Poured a dark brown cola color and settled a brownish black color. Half finger of white head that went to a decent collar on the sides of the glass. Just touches of spotty lacing.
S-- Burnt toffee, orange peel, salted cashews, oak, and whiskey. Good nose and well balanced with the base beer and the barrel treatment.
T-- English malts really make this stand out. Lots of orange and toffee flavors. Touches of nutmeg. Hops have pretty well faded out and much more like a wee heavy at this point.
M-- A bit on the heavy side. Got a bit over it at the end of sharing this. Maybe needed a bit more carbonation or I should have drank this sooner.
O-- Really well balanced BA beer. Like that it was also a style that works with a touch of a BA treatment. Still got the base beer and still got what the beer was about.
QXR27 (4) - aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At first you’re hit by a strong aroma of oak and toasted malts with a hint of chocolate, But this beer keeps on giving. Upon tasting strong oak and earthy hops present themselves. Awesome beer, but not an every day drinker.
daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Daknolefest shared by AZeagle. Brown pour, tannish head. Lots of bourbon, caramel, some light apple flavors and bready, doughy malts. Flavor is bourbon, caramel and toothpick notes.
JPDurden24 (1460) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
20th anniversary bottle. Shared at a tasting. Aroma is caramel with some whiskey notes. Taste is similar. Not that great, but still happy I got to try it.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper color with an off-white head. Sweet toffee aroma with a hint of vanilla and booze. Not much in the way of whiskey, light green apple. There is a hint of citrus peel and light floral hop aromas. The flavor is sweet and malty with lots of caramel and toffee, light toast, too. There is a bit of oak and vanilla, mild whiskey flavor, and a bit of alcohol.
arminjewell (5588) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 Pour out of 750 mL at Josh’s tasting, hazy reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of green bean, vanilla, bourbon, hints of oak, earth and tannic notes, slight caramel and earthy toffee as well, interesting. Taste is a mix of sweet vanilla, bourbon, slight hints of oak, nice Stranahan?s notes in there, hints of slight vegetable notes, touch of earth, hints of caramel, earth, toffee, slight spicy yeast, finishing fairly sweet.
Danyel (443) - Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Smells bready, caramel, slightly sweet. Tastes chocolatey, a nice whiskey flavor- nothing overwhelming, fruity, vanilla. Pretty good,
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #0994.
3.5 A: Opaque mahogany brown color. Nearly three fingers of frothy/foamy beige head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.
2.0 S: Weird. It smells like sorachi ace hops and plastic. It also smells like watered down whiskey, which it basically is. Lemongrass, earthiness, and a light fruitiness.
2.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Lemongrass, plastic, woody earthiness, light honeydew and apricot fruitiness. Vanilla and oak underneath. Strange and not quite desirable. I don’t know if the weird off flavors are coming from the base beer, the whiskey, or the barrel aging process.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit overcarbonated. A bit bity and not particularly creamy.
2.0 D: The idea of putting an ESB in a whiskey barrel makes no sense to me. I had to buy it though to see how it would turn out though. Turns out it was a costly error as this was $15 or something absurd like that. This mainly tastes like watered down whiskey, but with off-flavors added. Not a beer worth your money.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-12-2012 16:57:59
RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked and caged bottle (number 2849) poured into an English Pint at 41°. Color is a nutty golden brown with good carbonation and a small fizzy off white head. Aroma is fantastic, rich vanilla, whiskey and oak. It has a medium body giving a smooth mouth feel with a light fizz on the back. Flavor is almost as good as the aroma, the whiskey, oak and vanilla come out rich and sweet, this is balanced nicely with a mild bitterness. In the after taste the oak stands out with a whiskey alcohol feel. Overall I love it, only down fall is after drinking it a while it seems to lean more on the sweet side. Great well balanced flavors and it feels like more then 7.8% ABV.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours mahogany with beige head. Nose subtle with brown sugar and tangy whiskey. Smooth tootsie roll malt moving into slight persimmon notes and a resinous hop. Finishes with oaky whiskey and slight alcohol burn.