CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Max’s in Baltimore, 4/22/10: Transparent dark mahogany with a thin ring of off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel dripping with bourbon and vanilla oak. Starts with decent body and carbonation with some toasty malts and cookie dough to balance the strong, but smooth bourbon flavor before a drier nutty finish. Could use a little more fullness, but still a fairly complex brew.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark ruby-brown color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, toffee and berries. The taste is bourbon, toffee, light berry-like fruits and a very very faint hoppiness in the finish. Medium bodied and strongly carbonated. Decent, but I’d like a little more beer with my bourbon.
GT2 (7122) - Riverslime, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at ChurchKey. Pours a beautiful deep ruby, dark brown with a healthy, rocky tan head that has excellent retention but no lace. Very nice oak, bourbon, vanilla extract, cinnamon apples, burnt currants in the nose. Taste is creamy, boozy, medium bodied with thick bourbon, vanilla, and spicy characters. I was thinking this was going to be terrible- a barrel aged version of the normal Brooklyn brown ale. But this a new beast altogether unless the base beer magically became something on a whole new level overnight.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Draught at the White Horse.
Very dark amber with a faint off white head. Nice roasty stuff on the nose with a distinct ashy character along with some dark jammy type notes and a delicate sweetness. Similar flavour but a little better. Hints of yeast and alcohol along with some faint notes of peat and maybe a little cherry. Rich and warming in the finish. Just a tad on the thin side for what it is but pretty good stuff overall.
Dogbrick (6871) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 Sample at Jackie O’s BBDA and Oil of Aphrodite Release and Barrel aged Beer Festival on 9/11/10. Pours a murky deep brown color with a medium off-white head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, oak and vanilla. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit and vanilla. The finish is roasty and woody with a dark malty aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
j12601 (6453) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Golden Rail. Pours a deep ruby brown, crimson highlights, and a medium sized white head. Sweet and musty with light bourbon notes, plums, chocolate, roast and some dehydrated bananas. Medium bodied, big vanilla, nutty and sweet. Lots of bourbon and vanilla on the finish with some syrupy warming alcohol.
jtclockwork (6259) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at Jimmack’s Pours clear dark brown. Nose of caramel malts and brown sugar. Taste of vanilla, brown sugar and caramel malts.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Delaney’s. Pours dark brown with a light brown, sustained hed. Smells of some cherries, oak, some chocolatey hints, earthy. Tastes mildly tarte with some sherry notes, dry oaky character and some nice chocolatey malt notes on the finish. A solid beer.
Skinnyviking (6240) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at CBF 2010. High creamy off-white lasting head. Clear dark brown body. Fruity mild cocoa aroma. Cream choccolate fruit flavor, very smooth. Low carbonation. Long sweet aftertaste.
HogTownHarry (5918) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught - April 16, 2010 at Cole’s, Buffalo NY (thanks to Dicksonbeer for helping me identify this one). Hazy deep amber-brown with a small wispy/creamy diminishing beige-tan head. Very pleasing classic brown ale aroma (not syrupy or stale), hardly any bourbon/vanilla/oak initially, it’s sweet, but not cloying - it DOES remind me of good home-brewed root beer, but with slight herbal bitterness, and noticeable alcohol - the oak/vanilla eventually emerges, but it’s subtle. The sweetness and oaky vanilla completely dominate the flavour, unfortunately - way too sweet, at least it’s more vanilla than bourbon. Nice soft and slightly sticky mouthfeel, mildly carbonated, not at all boozy, with a hint of bitterness failing to balance it in the sweet finish. Almost seemed like cask - not aggressive, not bad, just not great.