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RATINGS: 673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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The "Brewer’s Reserve" label is used only for limited edition beers. No time or expense was spared to create these beers! This is a good expression of our passion for brewing -- Cheers!


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
I picked this up on a trip to Madison. pours a black tarish color with slight brown head and lacing. The smell is whiskey esque with a good sense of toffee, nuts, and light whipped chocolate. The taste is lighter than expected, but with a thick, and slightly bitey mouthfeel. I get a lot of toffee and nuts. Zero fruit sense. A little roasted bitterness, and molassis. Perfect as an after dinner drink, or paired with a thicker stock soup.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6422) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- my bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. I’m pretty bourboned out so even though this is a small bottle, I thought it best to share it with my friends. Pours a murky reddish-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate and hops. Flavour’s roasty and not too bourboney, which is nice. It’s a little lactic and has coffee notes and some alcohol in the finish. Medium to full bodied. This is pretty good though I don’t think I could drink a whole bottle of it to myself.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Get some chocolate and bourbon in the aroma.Pours dark with a big tan head.Flavors are of chocolate and roasted malt.Full mouthfeel with chocolate and some alcohol in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. Deep dark brown in color with a little off white head. Bourbon vanilla aroma. Chocolatety notes. Fruity, caramel and vanilla oak flavor. Raisins and plums. Borubon notes. Sweet tasting. Finish is chocolatey. Medium bodied. Smooth tasting. Nice beer. Drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & mabel - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Black with ruby-brown highlights. Lots and lots of bourbon in the aroma and flavour, sitting on top of a relatively thin and average stout, as far as I can tell. As Jer says, the bourbon flavours are nice, but with such a weak seeming beer to back them up, it’s a bit of a let-down.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Pours nice and black with a small head. Has a wonderful bourbon aroma mixed with chocolate malt aromas.Smooth as silk bourbon flavor with a great malt backing and a heavy alcohol ending.This stuff is great!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8290) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
Black body, small foamy tan head fades. Woody, boozey notes are quite dominant in the aroma. Sweet syrup/molassess tinged bourbon in the flavour is about 99% of the flavour with stout struggling to make up the other one percent. Average palate is a bit thin for a stout. The bourbon is relatively refined and not overly harsh as it is in some, but by the same token almost every shred of stout character has been obliterated. Bourbon should be A flavour, not THE flavour, in my opinion.6+/3/6+/3/13
Per Mrs. GregClow, “I like my bourbon to taste like bourbon and my stout to taste like stout.”

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Pours dark brown/black with no head. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, cherry, chocolate, roast, cola and alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet, cherry cola, bourbon, molases and alcohol. Medium body with light carbonation and a thin body, boozey finish. Pretty much carbonated bourbon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3465) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Round 1, Beer 2 of a blind stout tasting. 12 oz bottle. Clear purple brown with a lovely crema head. Lace coats completely. Charred oak, portobellos and raisins. Medium body with root vegetables and burnt coffee. Bourbon and sour blackberries remain. Quite different with an odd earthy sourness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Pours dark brown--almost black with a thin tan head. The aroma is definitely bourbon and some hops. Palate wasn’t too bad, but I definitely wanted something fuller. Taste was nice--very unique. Flavors of bitter chocolate, lots of toffee. Smooths out with less bitterness as it warms.


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