Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured up on tap at Mark’s amazing Mr. Beery’s CCB Total Tap Takeover. It has a deep mahogany body with really no head whatsoever. The aroma is a mix of whiskey, vanilla, raisin, roasted malt, nuttiness and mildly spicy sugar coated oak planks. Wow, the aromatics altogether are not what I was expecting. It comes across a bit odd, sort of sweet soured ale and earthy. Hmm. The taste starts with smooth oak, sweet smooth whiskey and vanilla bean ice cream. Those notes are soon joined by punchier, slightly harsher, whiskey and raisins to midway. The booze gets even more noticeable into the finish with some firm nuttiness and roasted malts coming to the surface. I’m not sure what to make of this.
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-pours black with no trace of a head. Aroma is coconut, dark malt-cocoa, vanilla, some bourbon. Taste is coconut, sweet dark malt-cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, some spice-maybe cinnamon too.
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was probably more skeptical about this beer than any other Cigar City has ever done. But DAMN! This beer was incredible. Nose was soft bourbon perfectly balanced by sweet toffee and soft cinnamon notes. Mouthfeel was velvety. Perfect balance of sweet sugars, spices and warming booze. The bourbon is a part of the beer, not a side note or an over-powering hinderance.
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow, this treatment is outstanding. The bourbon barrel just adds the body that the original oatmeal raisin cookie was missing. overall a amazing treatment.