ben4321 (5643) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Location: 750 ml bottle at Eleven Madison Park, 6/15/13, Rating #3030!
Aroma: It has a lot going on: bourbon, vanilla, spice, dark malts, roast, brown sugar, and oak
Appearance: Pours a dark brownish color with a slight red hue, and a lighter brown colored head
Flavor: The taste is rich and malty, with a smooth bourbon flavor, and some tasty oak as well
Palate: The body is full, with a smooth, rich mouthfeel, and just the right amount of heat
Maybe it’s the environment in which you are drinking it, maybe it’s the quality of the beer itself, or maybe it’s a combination, but this beer is absolutely world class. I have a hard time naming a barrel aged beer I enjoyed more, and I’ve had some really good ones. This was really really good.
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Streets and Ben at Eleven Madison Park. Pours a dark brown body with frothy brown head. Aroma is straight bourbon, and you can smell it across the room. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with notes of vanilla, oak, bourbon, Belgian candy, yeast, esters, and light sweet chocolate.
Jow (3382) - New York, USA - FEB 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
The third beer in my pairing dinner at EMP. I was very surprised that they gave me entire bottle to drink. Anyways pours rich dark brown with great nose of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Tastes unreal of caramel, vanilla, cocoa, cola, earth and just the best bourbon richness. slightly boozy on finish and absolutely delicious
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Eleven Madison Park. Pours with a mostly clear (at first), reddish-brown hued body with a large and lasting tan head. Perfect lace. Aromas are of vanillin, earthy, rich spice, leather, sandalwood, brown sugar, candied dates, mild phenol and earth. Very complex marriage of subtle bourbon and dark belgian ale spice. Flavors showcase nothing short of an exceptional bourbon character! Nutty, brown sugar, coconut, vanillin, cocoa, cola, clove and complex wood. Melanoidins. Subdued yeast, peppery and raisin notes. Medium alcohol on the tongue, lasting complexity, nutty, fudge. Nice spice as it warms. Easy to drink (scary at the alcohol, bottle size and price). A touch thin and hot would be my only complaint of this beer. Very lively carbonation and warming. Excellent!
ChairMissing (20) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man oh man. What a spectacular brew. The nose is is caramel and nutty with the best, subtle bourbon notes. Not overpowering like some BA beers can be. Pours a dark brown with with off white head that takes time to dissipate. The first sip blows your mind. You taste the sweet caramel notes with the bourbon being prominent, added an extra layer of taste. This brew was amazing (and I’m not a big Local 2 fan). If you have the money to spare, I highly recommend it.