Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown pour. I got lots of vanilla and toffee . Hints of caramel make this beer delicious.
daknole (9100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour, small off white head. Sweet aroma, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, caramel, Christmas cookies. Nice!
doublebock (502) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light brown orange color with beige foamy head. Bready aroma with mellow notes of bourbon barrels. Wonderful smooth bourbon and cherry profile. Finish has a really nice vanilla oak flavor.
Palidor19 (2946) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Strong full flavored beer all the way. aroma is with a nutty toffee quality, very heavy on the malt and hops. with thick mouth feel and lots of bready, malt flavors. hops are exuberant. strong flavor and everything. the this a special beer for a special occasion, drink lightly.
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is very rich and boozy with toffee, caramel, oak, and whisky. The appearance is deep amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a very strong and impressive beer.
Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle 8/15/11 (Binny’s St. Charles)-42° in Stem Glass-Pours a cloudy brown with a one finger off white head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, and sweet caramel. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, malt, caramel, and toffee, This full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down very smooth. Great Brew.
jtclockwork (8415) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a tan head. Nose/taste of raisin, oak, bourbon barrel, caramel and toffee. Medium body. Smooth dark raisin finish.
PorterPounder (5540) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Panama City, FL - Chan’s Wine World (Thanks to the wife for bringing to me!) - 22 oz bomber. Dark cola pour with a sticky off-white head that leaves a fair bit of lacing. Decadent aroma with traces of bourbon, dates and molasses. Bold flavor, bourbon makes a bold opening statement and lingers in the back ground throughout. Dates, molasses, a hint of vanilla all blend together nicely. Mouthefeel is thick and smooth. Usually not a big BA fan, but this one sits just right. Helps that it is high quality bourbon that was in the barrels. The bourbon compliments rather than distracts in this one.
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle poured into a Stem Glass at 42°. Color is a hazy pale amber with good carbonation and a rocky off white head that goes down to thin and tight. Aroma is a sweet caramel scent with a faint note of oak in the back. It has a medium body that goes down smooth with a fizzy feel on the end. Flavor of bourbon and oak with a bit of vanilla. After taste is sharp with a punch of alcohol and lingering oak that leave a dry feel in the end. Overall I’m a little disappointed, the alcohol overpowers the flavors, but the flavor that comes through is good.
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Expensive as hell bomber pours dark clear ruby red with tan head. Based on my memory of the non-barrel aged version I am expecting something overly sweet and near undrinkable. Here goes. The aroma is smooth sweet bourbon, vanilla and wood with just noticeable levels of sweet malts and prunes well off in the background. The taste begins with a rush of sweet thick malts, uh oh, sweet sticky prunes and raisins. Just as you begin to understand the boldness of the sweet esters an even brasher bombardment of bourbon booze booziness, that only seems to get bolder and bolder, followed close by firm notes of oak and sweet vanilla and some caramel take complete control and hurry this thing into the finish. For the most part the barrel has eaten up the overly sweet beer that went into it. A little less barrel time would have been interesting to try.