jtclockwork (10809) - , 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 (6209) - 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 (1899) - 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 (7461) - 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.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Bourbon and malt aroma. Bourbon and malt flavor with light mineral notes. Medium bodied. Bourbon and malt lingers with light mineral notes.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured amber with a thick, beige head. Nose of oak, whiskey, and doughy malts. Tasted hot with whiskey but big fruit esters that balanced it all. Quite delicious! Oak, raisins, toffee sugars. Pretty darn awesome!
thornecb (4822) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark mahogany into a stem glass. Off-white head with excellent retention recedes to skim surface. Oak and whiskey aromas. Dark caramel and toffee upfront turning oaky before the lasting bourbon burn.
doppelthat (47) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky brown body with a lively tan head that leaves behind great lacing. It smeels of caramel and maybe some vanilla. The bourbon is also very prominent in the aroma. It tastes much like the nose would suggest, sweet like caramel and vanilla with the heat from the bourbon being an aggresive finish. Overall this is quite a tasty beer but no more than one for me.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(22oz bottle). Pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is strong bourbon/whiskey, alcohol drenched fruit, wood and vanilla. The barrel dominates. Taste is sweet with alcohol presence. Full bodied with a slick texture. Finish is hot. I can’t taste the base beer. Its all bourbon on this and its not a good thing.
Strykzone (5526) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. I picked this up at The Wine and Cheese Place. Dark mahogany with a nice foam. A rich malty nose with rye and wood. This offers wood flavors and so much malt! It is also very hot and that ABV is not hidden at all. The wood and accompanying vanilla is nice but too much heat detracts.