scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tart raspberry in the nose, rich wood too. Dark ruby. Initially hot, wood and red fruit comes out later, very smooth.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Growler... Lightly hazy caramel-colored beer. No head. The malty, vinous nose is a blend of caramel, red wine, wood and vanilla. Medium to full-bodied with gentle carbonation. The flavor is of sweet caramel, vinous red wine, and just a kiss of acidity. Earthy, caramelly, moderately bitter finish. If the commercial description didn’t mention a Buffalo Trace barrel, I would have assumed Merlot or Cabernet.
GodOfThunder (1241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Aroma is funky and fruity, cherries, oak and a little bourbon. Flavors follow. Pretty damn good.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Oak tanins on the nose, vanilla, wood, caramel aromas. Pours a reddish amber. Wood and vanilla, with loads of caramel malts in the flavor. You definitely pick up notes of the whiskey. There is just a small hint of tartness, nothing like the oaked messiah bold but there is a hint of it. Very solid!
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Aroma has a little twang to it. A little wood, oak, vanilla, toffee, bourbon and earth. Taste is also a hint of tartness with odd funk presence. Wood and alocohol with some sour vanilla and light bourbon.
tgncc (2497) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blind Tiger, Barrel aged. This is only very slightly more boozy than the original, strangely enough. Excellent doppleock. The aroma is malts, fruit, slight whiskey, very nice, true to the Double Bock style. The appearance is gorgeous; a deep red/purple, almost brown, tan head. The flavor follows the aroma, but is slightly less pleasing. The flavor is malty, fruity, strong whiskey/boozy flavor. The finish is piney hops, and warming from the booze. Piney hops are evinced as well. Very nicely crafted dopplebock.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Blind Tiger: Hazy amber pour with a tan thin ring. Sweet yet rounded aroma- some dark caramel, lots of maltose, raisiny with a light bourbon sweetness and spicy oak/ethanol note. Surprisingly less assertive bourbon presence than I anticipated. Big bodied but not cloying. Spicy and woody flavor- not as boozy as I had anticipated. Light buttery oak, peppery oak/alcohol, some plasticy phenolics. Big and lacking subtlety, but gentle.