troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Deep brown color with a small and lasting light brown head. Sweet and sticky aroma of caramel, molasses, clove and alcohol. Notes of toasted bread, brown sugar, yeasty esters, dark fruits, vanilla and hints of alcohol. Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Decent. Tasting notes from Big Blue Craft Beer Festival in Sheboygan on 10/18/14.
Pailhead (5442) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla. It’s a dark brown with some orange highlights and a two finger beige head that has good retention before eventually fading to a thick film. There is a good dose of webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark fruit, banana, raisin, and light brown sugar. The finish has bourbon, faint sour oak, and a touch of vanilla. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Bill Becker (511) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pitch black pour with a 1 finger head of tannish foam.
Big notes of bourbon in the smell with some roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. A lot going on.
Bourbon up front in the taste but there’s a milkshake like sweetness here that I find welcoming to take my taste buds’ "mind" off the bourbon.
I’d call it full bodied.
A big and warming brew. This is very good.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black beer with a tan head. Bourbon and malt aroma with light caramel. Bourbon and spice flavor with light wheat. Medium bodied. Bourbon and spice lingers with light wheat and light caramel.
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark brown with a thick beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied slightly sour caramel malt flavor with a bourbon finish.
rxeight (1791) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, not sure how old, but this site claims retired. No belgianness. Vanlla, coconut and buttery bourbon. Pretty good stuff.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5330) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the September 2013 3R6P tasting +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a hazy very dark brown color with a medium sized foamy tan head that faded quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was funk, anise, coconut, sweetish malts and a boozy rum presence. The flavor was tangy, malty and toasty with notes of black licorice, coconut, port wine, bourbon and chocolate. Amazingly complex with flavors that come in waves. Very long flowing finish. Moderately full bodied and smooth. Marvelous.
Sammy (9322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light bourbon strong Belgian, licorice and a black beer. Brown coloured body with some mocha head and lacy.
b3shine (6377) - Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster at Local Option. Looks good for the style; a semi-transparent orangish brown with foamy light beige head. Smells sweet and malty like a barleywine with a notable caramel presence and a touch of Belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2013
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle and served in snifter: Muddy brown with an initial okay tan head that does fade quickly, not much lace nor oily tears. The aroma has moderate bourbon notes of grain alcohol, vanilla bean, oak, leather along with some roast and coffee notes, faint wheat tones as well. The taste is quite frankly very muddled as well, boozy and syrupy sweet but strangely lacks deep malt character. Lots of oak and vanilla along with a cotton candy overtone. Hint of plum and raisin but I still wanted more dark fruit notes. The mouth feel is tannic and warming with a far too thin tone. Very disappointed in this beer, seems all over the place and just too much barrel character.