htnicholas (46) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head that as well retained. Nice belgian lacing as the head dissipates. The aroma is very Bourbon forward but in a good way, with notes of caramel, chocolate malt and molasses deftly integrated into an impressive melange of flavors. Medium to lite mouth feel with a little more carbonation than I prefer with this style. The taste follows the nose, with very little hoppy bitterness and lots of caramel and bourbon sweetness carrying through from start to finish. There is some very nice alcohol warming in the finish, but God only knows how much alcohol really exists within the mystery ABV of this beer. There is no notation of the alcohol content of this beer on the labeling, the packaging, rate beer, or any website that I could find. That notwithstanding, this is one of the best scotch ales that I have had (and I have had a lot of great ones!) This rivals, if not eclipses, Ale Smith's Bourbon barrel aged Wee Heavy.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rdixon77 (370) - Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Barrelled wee heavy. Dark brown pour with whiskey glow at the top. Aroma was mostly booze, malt, and some vanilla. Taste has the standard maltiness, cherries and sour apple popped out. Maybe a bit too much. The oak helps. Pretty light and drinkable though for the style.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at The Beer Spot GTMW Eve Event at Brickhouse (Madison, WI). Pours a deep dark brownish hue, well hazed and dark with a loose tannish head atop. Mellow ring laces ok. Aromas are peaty and caramel, decent oak and spirit. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Some vanilla, red fruit, and toast. Decent carmelization. Decent oak tannic quality and gentle spirit heat. Initial is medium to fuller medium bodied, some good warmth, toffee and red fruit hit. Some good spirit, oak, firm bourbon, warmth, and vanilla. Middle is a bit toasty, red fruit, gentle peaty quality. Some vanilla, firm toasty carmelized quality. Some sweetness. Backend is a bit dry, oaky, mellow spirit. Some rich vanilla and wet wood. Not hot, helps thin a seemingly too thick and brooding beer well. Some stickiness, carmelized and toasty elements present well. Finish is a bit dry, oaky, and tannic. Wood and barrel elements mixed with a red fruit/carmelized feel really rue the day. This beer was thick, but got better with some barrel time. Neat.
mrjaxson (246) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had the good fortune to happen upon this on tap at the Amherst brewery (7-20-2013). After being very pleased with Slainte over the past winter, I found this variation to be near the peak of malty sweet smoothness and, of course, quite boozy.
nuplastikk (3831) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 pre-GTMW at Brickhouse, sample courtesy of Madvike. Dark brown, unfiltered, no head. Cask carbonation. While the regular version is sublime, this is just brutal and lacks drinkability. Burnt tobacco bourbon aroma. Too much sugar, lacks balance. One for the bourbon fiends.
BVery (5153) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Happy Gnome. Deep murky muddy brown pour with a spotty head. Mild bourbon, oak, very slight vanilla - good stuff.
madvike (2402) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brickhouse BBQ - Pours black with no head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, oak, and well--basically the barrel. Taste is the same, real smooth and sweet. Big, slick, and smooth carbonation. Boring beer, and the same issue I had with the BB La Petite Mort. These two beers tasted basically the same, and could have been any style at the base.