drowland (6024) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/9/13. 12oz bottle shared by rdixon77 - thanks, dude! Dark brown pour with a good tan head that sticks. Nice aroma, barrel is on the money for the most part, some sweet vanilla, coconut, a touch of bourbon, oak, and some of the sweet, malty base kicks through. Nice flavor, but doesn’t deliver as much as the aroma. Lighter, a little thinner than expected, some cherry pops through, sweet malts, etc. Was hoping for a bolder flavor. Still tasty stuff overall.
AWISLguy (1289) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Tosa Wine & Spirits in their new location. Pours cola colored with a tan head leaving spots of lace into my New Holland tulip. Aroma has bourbon, wood, some peat and some caramel. Taste is of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, light smoke and some viniousness, Medium to full bodied. Some alcohol presence but not as heavily as the aroma would expect. Finishes sweetly woody and a bit dry. Quite enjoyable. The base beer was not a favorite of mine; aging in barrels certainly improved it.
davey101 (691) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 vintage, 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks obiwankushnobi! Pours a dark, nearly black-brown body with a fingers worth of light khaki foam. Sticky lacing. Aroma is strong vanilla, smoky peat, oak, bourbon drenched raisins, and caramel. Smells amazing. Taste is similar with strong vanilla, oak, and caramel with a slight brown sugar/dark fruit element. Finishes with a dry smokey peat finish. Insanely delicious and well integrated. Thick and coating mouth feel. Booze is hardly noticeable. This is a close second to Backwoods Bastard. Really amazing vanilla and bourbon aspect.
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Capone’s, Pours thick and turbid dark brown toward mahogany with minimal tan head. Nose is a great beer/spirit hybrid mix of oaky bourbon, earthy dusty malts, molasses, vanilla, tannins. Tastes of huge oak, bourbon, molasses, earthy caramel, with a rich finish and well hidden alcohol. This one is delicious.
bytemesis (3150) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours opaque mahogany with a small tan head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma is very bourbon forward, molasses, toffee. Flavor is the same, medium sweet with notes of vanilla, oak and minimal bitterness. Medium body. Lacking some complexity and elegance of mouthfeel.
KingCecil (2048) - DENMARK - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home ... trade from Kayn169 ... Thanks my friend :) It pours dark brown with a medium tan head ... the aroma is nice bourbon, toasted malt and sweet dark fruits... the flavor is bourbon notes, slightly liquor notes, toasted malts and some sweet dark fruits.... very nice... I would love to try this a couple years old ... this was a 2013 vintage...
beernbourbon (1299) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is dark, deep, rich brown with a smallish light brown head. Almost stoutish in appearance. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet cream, light vanilla, and faint spice. Very rich and big aroma. Flavor is rich caramel malt with a great vanilla barrel flavor and lingering maple and coconut flavors. All the bourbon-barrel with almost none of the booze. Great beer.
niday2288 (115) - - OCT 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark dark brown with almost no head. Nose is vanilla from the bourbon barrels, sweet malt, some caramel. Taste is sweet and boozy. Good malt flavor with hints of bourbon and some scotch whisky. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy. Overall a nice scotch ale made better by barrel aging. Yum.
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Maltser85 (261) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark color, almost black. You can see tinges of mahogany around the edges. Poured a half finger beige colored head. The aroma is quite oaky. There is definitely notes of coconut from the barrel and some hints of vanilla. No alcohol present on the nose. Possibly some bready malt notes mixed with the oak. The beer opens up with a fair pop of carbonation. Barrel notes up front. Some oak and vanilla, hint of coconut the rolls with the maltiness. Some nice caramel notes coming through. Finishes very smooth with some heavy oak. A nice alcohol burn on the way down. More of a warming alcohol than a burn. Medium to medium full body. As it warms, it seems that a hint of hops comes out on the back end and blends with some nice oak.
carolinared (23) - WILSON, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A few barrel aged beers I haves tried seem to loose its identity so just taste the sweetness and the liquor. This one well balanced - a good beer enhanced buy the barrel aging process. Will buy again
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