badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep copper red with a fizzy off white head. Caramel bourbon oak and vanilla aroma and taste with an earhty sweet finish. Quite good.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of Bourbon, vanilla, light caramel, and slight coconut. Poured very deep amber/brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and slight alcohol. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, Bourbon, vanilla, coconut finish. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
obguthr (4387) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oak and maple syrup aroma. Cloudy red copper, thin yellow head. Caramel flavor with nougat and walnut toward the end. Shmaltz every now and then comes up with something that really wows me.
mcberko (8520) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma is like a sherry, with caramel, dark fruits, boozy liqueurs and some wood. Flavour is quite sweet, with sweet sherry / brandy, caramel, candied sugar and some faint wood (though the barrels are not so pronounced in this aspect). A little cloying in sweetness, but quite solid. Actually enjoyed the original Human Blockhead more.
nimbleprop (5485) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Fireworks in Arlington VA. Pours a clear, root beer brown with a thin, creamy white head. Nose has some fruity, booziness of a dopplebock with some lurking sweetness, caramel, vanilla etc from the barrel. The nose is not bad though. The flavor is where things start to go downhill. There’s just too much residual sugar. It’s cloying, overly malty like an imperial pils. The barrel is there with vanilla, caramel, but it’s over the crappy lager base and it just doesn’t mesh. A little hot too.
unclemattie (4335) - Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Batch 1 / 523 cases. Bottled on 06/01/2011
22oz bottle. Reddish brown pour, thick foam of light tan. Aroma of hot bourbon, sweet vanilla, lagered malts. It is all bourbon in the nose, nothing but alcohol from a barrel scent. Sticky texture of sweet rich malts. Caramelized sugars, some earthy hops add leather character. Then the Bourbon character takes over. Smooth soft vanilla essence, slight alcohol burn, nice oak, with a hint of dark (American-ized) Bock Beer. This bottle might be the smoothest, most balanced, Bourbon barrel-aged beer I’ve had.
Rando7 (769) - Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours dark brown/orange with brief beige head. Nice sweet aroma with bourbon and malts. Taste very boozy with bourbon prominent, sweet malts, vanilla and slight oak. Palate could be a bit thicker, slightly sticky. Finish bourbon and slight hops.
If you like sweet boozy bourbon-barrel beers (and I do) here you go. Really enjoyed the Buffalo Trace flavor.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $10.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Batch No. 001, Cases 523. Bottling Date: 6/1/2011 (I wish other labels were so informative).
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber body with a very tall, lasting, light beige head despite a fairly gentle pour. Small smattering of lace on the way down.
Smell: Wood staves brushed with a caramel coating, moistened raisin bread, accents of vanilla and dried coconut with the Buffalo Trace bourbon being fairly prominent in the nose.
Taste: Sweet tastes of caramel and toffee overneath a vibrantly bready maltiness, then, a bit of vanilla, rum raisin, and a sprinkling of toasted coconut shavings before the soothing bourbon rolls in. A bit of spiciness darts in and out and amongst the various flavors. Malty, smooth, drying finish with a lingering bourbon element.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: While still sweet, the barrel treatment has most definitely curtailed the strong sweetness from the original brew. Now, to sit and enjoy this while my shepherd’s pie is finishing off in the oven.
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very deep amber body with a tan medium bodied head. very smooth Bourbon aroma with slight boozy notes and a bit of hops. very sweet smooth caramel flavor with nice vanilla notes. a little too carbonated in my opinion. nice malty finish, but short-lived. good beer
Ughsmash (7280) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured crystal-clear, fiery reddish-amber with a creamy, sticky beige head.. looked great! The aroma picked up sweet and persistent bourbon paired with vanilla, sweet caramel, and some berries.. quite a bit of barrel, but it sure smelled tasty. The flavor opened with tangy and peppery bourbon on the tip of the tongue.. warm drawn caramel, vanilla, and sweet bourbon behind.. peppery again on the spicy, warm finish.. remarkably sweet, but I very much enjoyed it. Heavier-bodied and very barrel-ly on the palate.. the bourbon (and related notes) were a little overweight, but they were complementary to the base beer. Overall very good stuff!