curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown, medium sized beige head. Aroma is roast caramel malt and oak. Smooth rich caramel flavor with a burnt finish.
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the SLC tasting 12/11/09 (74/246)
Appearance: Poured dark brown with red tint with a tan head
Aroma: Roasted malt, fruit and bourbon
Taste: Creamy mouthfeel, smokey, dark fruit and bourbon
A very good beer. Would taste great on a cold night.
drewbeerme (3807) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, bottle 18/246, pours murky dark red with small head. Nose has alc, dates, caramel. Flavors of caramel, dark fruit, oak, vanilla. A little muddled, thin-medium body.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle shared by Andrew (bottle 18/246)... Pours a dark reddish caramel brown with a thin off-white head... Caramel apple and bourbon sweetness with assertive vanilla tones as well... Flavors are very similar to the aroma but doesn’t followthrough as well. Somewhat abrupt finish, boozy and a little thin from the barrel. I prefer the normal version to this actually.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Shawn, thanks: Deep brown hue with crimson highlights topped by a fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of smoke, tobacco, bourbon, walnuts, vanilla and chocolate with a hint of oxidization. The taste has a big shocking mocha and vanilla overtone with light dark fruity and earthy tones. Boozy and medicinal notes on the finish. The scotch ale seems to be in submission from the barrel aging. The mouth feel is lively and crisp with a warming character, chalky and band-aid finish. While still a nice brew overall, it seems a tad brash and loses some base beer character.
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with red glimts and a medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet flavour with hard roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes. Finished sweet and full bodied.
douglas88 (5114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle thanks to my hook up- Dave! Shared with a few guys at the massive tasting. Pours a pure black color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet fruit, nutty notes, light wood. The flavor is similar; sweet toasted malts, nutty flavors, light dark fruit, a noticeable barrel but not overly so. Quite drinkable and tasty.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brown mud, full sheet. Big bourbon, vanilla. And notes of choc. In the nose. Big bourbon notes valong with a thick chocolatey malt character and background booziness. Very nice and warming with sophisticated bourbon and malt and pretty agressive hopping.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of ericandersnavy. Brown color with a tan head. Big boozy chocolate, mild roasty malt and dark pit fruit aromas. Smooth medium body. Nice smooth vanilla, dark pit fruit sweet flavors with medium roast brown malts. very good.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Deep purple brown with a thin tan coating. Massive spicy nose of prune, peat, vanilla, scotch and bourbon. Zesty carb cuts through a rather full body. Taste is woody molasses and currants, scotch then huge bourbon lingering through the finish. Over the top but it works for me.