Ratman197 (9063) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, toffee, light vanilla and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, toffeelight carmel and light cocoa with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.
NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Hazy dark brown appearance wit ha brown head. Whiskey, light veggie, oaky, toasty malty aroma. Rich sweet caramel, whiskey, oaky flavor.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Draught. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (nuts, caramel), with notes of cask wood and whiskey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.
arminjewell (5720) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Avery Strong Ale, dark brownish/hazy pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak and some slight caramel, hints of earth and spice notes but pretty one dimensional. Taste is pretty nice but not much to it, some bourbon, vanilla notes go into some oak and caramel notes, finishing fairly sweet.
Camons (5079) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Avery, doing the 10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, oak, tartness. Taste is malts, caramel, bourbon, oak, molasses, coffee. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, slight alcoholic finish. 090312
onceblind (3675) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Murky hazy chestnut brown, with an aroma of oak bourbon, or some similar liquor. Taste was pretty smooth bourbon booze, some brown & caramel malt, featuring a lingering booze warmth in the back of the flavor. Booze wasnít too heavy overall, but it dominated the other flavors enough.
Aubrey (3418) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 Massively chewy malts; residual unfermentables possibly. Wafty malt aromas were very pleasant. Some hop bitterness, but not enough to balance the sweet and heavy malts, IMO. Big caramel sweetness. Only a slight alcohol nip, though I'm sure there was plenty in there. Sweet, thick and meaty. Rerate: Deep-dark brown and clear. Smooth and mildly carbonated; kind of lightish. Sweet vanilla, caramel, whiskey and wood notes. Interesting brew.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at the brewpub.
Pours a very dark brown thatís almost black in the glass Completely opaque with very faint mahogany edges. Half finger beige head that quickly settles into thin ring. Not much in way of lacing.
Sweet boozy aroma with lots of bourbon but only slight oak. Lots of bourbon and not much else.
Medium bodied with a blast of bourbon heat and sweetness that lingers throughout over the sweeter malt notes into a dry hot finish with plenty of warmth in the chest. Underneath is slightly smokey with hints of caramel and toffee but this is overpowered by strong bourbon. Very one dimensional and too hot for me.
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
sampler at Bull & Bush on 9/30/11. cloudy brown pour with a thin tan head. whiskey nose with dark fruits, oak and roasted malts. medium body with sweet malts and more whiskey. sweet warming finish with more dark fruit notes.
ansermadide (1466) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(From old 2010 notes.) This has a really fine, off-white/light brown, soapy head with a dark brown colored body. Itís pretty solid and deep. The aroma... whoah... like whiskey/bourbon, alcohol, wood, and sweetness. Man, it has a great aroma. Wow. It smells too good to drink. Especially since the flavor isnít as good as the aroma lets on. It has some sort of a cherry/liquor finish with an alcohol and roasted malt flavor hitting you plainly in the face. Overall, although itís a great beer, my advice: just inhale this beer and leave your taste buds out of it.