BrewHaMeister (206) - - FEB 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a murky brown with no real head or lacing. Aromas of caramel, leather, oak, bourbon, and vanilla with hints of fruit. Flavor is full bodied with a mild cocoa bitterness, slight oily mouth feel, and alcohol in the finish. Tasty.
GranvilleTim (1734) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, fruit and malt. Taste is bourbon, dark fruit, light carbonation, sweetness. Little boozy. So-so lacing.
JefVerstraete (1765) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBBWG, thanks Benzai! Orange colour, almost no head. Soft carbonation. Sweet malty, notes of bourbon, vanilla and dark sugar. Some fruitiness. Ok but too sweet.
77ships (4551) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Benzai! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG IV. Dark brown, little mocha. Nose is sweet bourbon, soy sauce, light booze, touch too much umami for me. Taste is lightly metallic bourbon, herbal, vanilla, oak, lots of bourbon but it feels like the base beer was way too weak / not very interesting. Herbal malt body. Not orgasmic but the bourbon is thick enough for this to be enjoyable.
Benzai (9351) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ RBBWG 2015 shared by me. Superb dark brown to black color, medium sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, awesome awesome shit, no words for this. Fucking incredible. Taste malts, bourbon, roast, bitter. A little more thin texture as to what I had expected, but very very nice.
ElManana (649) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBBWG shared by Benzai. Orange, brown no head. Bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, awesome!
UrbanCaveman (111) - Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2015
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
1 pint 6 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours the color of molten caramel, and pools into the glass a deep, dark brown, bordering on black save for the light that gets through around the edges. Forms virtually no head, save for a ring of pale tan foam that sits atop the beer.
Smell: Bourbon barrel notes are the primary aroma, heavy on the vanilla-caramel aspects, with some of the woodiness. Lurking beneath, there’s a malty sweetness, with toffee-esque tinges.
Taste: This drinks smooth, with almost no hint of the ABV at all. The bourbon mixes with the beer in a way that presents both chocolate and vanilla flavors at the opening, rounded off with hints of caramelly booze and oak. As it warms, there’s an almost cola-like sweetness that emerges beneath the barrel notes, and some faint, very faint, shadows of dark fruit lurking far off in the distance, like shy nerdy kids peeking in the door to the prom, wondering if they should walk in or just go home and play some World of Warcraft. While it’s not at all bad, it’s not exactly a particularly complex Belgian strong.
Mouthfeel: Slick and relatively thin, verging towards watery, the feel may have influenced my perception of the "cola" sweetness. There is next to no carbonation, however, just enough to keep the beer from feeling flat.
Overall: For a bourbon barrel aged beer, this is not bad at all - 9% with little to no alcohol taste and heat is a plus in my book, and the flavor profile is interesting. As a Belgian Strong, well...this isn’t one. If it was, the essence of it was lost during aging, leaving behind just a sweet, smooth, bourbony beer. Hence, I am torn on how to rate this. I would pick this up again on occasion, as I enjoyed it, but it fits the style about as well as a blower for a ’57 Chevy fits a Bop-It. Since I prefer rating to stylistic elements over personal enjoyment, I am going to go that route, with the disclaimer that this is still a tasty barrel-aged beer - just not a Belgian Strong, per se.
kambei70 (718) - - JAN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle. Pours a muddy brown withers highlight and a small tan head. Aroma is cereal and grain with prune and plum an a trace of alcohol. Taste is the same with a nice bit if cocoa at the end. Full and slightly oily mouthfeel with a little alcohol burn.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
zach8270 (3690) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft @ Local Option - Chicago, IL) Cloudy brown with a tan head. Sweet wheat and malt aroma with a nice vanilla hint of the barrel aging. Tangy wheat beginning with a good amount of spice but then tons of vanilla and oak hints.
tectactoe (2714) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap: Deepest brown body with a sliver of khaki film traced across the top. Aroma starts with some moderate barrel induced vanilla & woody coconut with a huge rear end of wet, boozy oak. Lots of bourbon, caramel, & a pretty heavy syrupy sweetness throughout. Flavor is also pretty boozy. Very bourbon forward, getting near outright "hot" territory. Notes of cocoa dust, dark fruits, hints of vanilla, & slabs of charred oak. Light inductions of toasted caramel malts. Strong bourbon & wood finish that lingers. Pretty nice flavors but the booziness could be toned down just a bit.