Graham77 (341) - - OCT 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from the Aldi Real Ale Festival. I’m not really a fan of oak aged beers but the process does suit this dark style of beer. Not a great deal of aroma but I was picking up dark chocolate. The flavour has depth, with the oak aging obvious from that familiar twang. Good depth, balance and carbonation in this robust dark beer.
MrJamesMcEwan (200) - SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
* Bottle 6.5%. Pours chocolate brown, clear, with a beige head. * Aroma is medium, sweet bourbon, vanilla, wood. * Palate is medium body, medium carbonation, very fine bubbles. * Taste is medium, bourbon, caramel, toast & chocolate. * Finish is woody & dry. * Overall a medium, bourbon, caramel, toast & chocolate.
jackl (6365) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ The Clerkenwell Share. From Deeside. This version was aged 92 days. Light amber pour. Pretty straightforward nose. Strong bourbon character. Plenty of woody vanilla and caramel. Taste is similar. Malty sweetness. Caramel and donuts. A touch boozy. Oily body. Not very interesting.
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured medium amber with a small tan ring. Aroma of vanilla sweetness, alcohol soaked berries, roast malt. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, medium sweet, lightly bitter.
kermis (8524) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to sic1314. Pours clear red brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, woody barrel notes and a little overripe dark fruit. Flavor is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (7453) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Sic1314.
No head. Very low carbonation. Clear amber pour. Subtle bourbon notes. Some vanilla. Very nice
Scopey (10686) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (6.8%, 62 days aged) from Guildford Arms. It pours deep mahogany brown with a small white head. The nose is toasted brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, toasty coconut, fudge and bourbon. The taste is bitter-sweet, wood, toffee, vanilla, warming alcohol, varnish, leather and caramelised sugars with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Quite a lot better than the rum version. Pretty decent.
JohnRMurdoch (4055) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle from Aldi (6.6%abv). Very dark reddish brown, not much head. Sweet toffee malt aroma. Whiskey malt flavour. Bland watery toffee aftertaste. Not my sort of beer.
EdKing (2267) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought at a food fare on Clapham Common. Clear dark brown, no head. Nose is sweet bourbon whiskey, vanilla oak wood notes, slight malty grain, caramel, ale fruity. taste is really nicely balanced. Sweet bourbon, caramel, toasty malt, slight chocolate, cocoa, grain husk malt, and then some vanilla and dryer wood notes. It’s very well balanced and a nice soft sweet subtle beer.
ianwelby (870) - SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, clear red beer with an aroma combining malt, hop, caramel and fruit. The flavour has an initial sweet fruity hit. There’s almost a smokiness to the flavour but once the sweetness subsides the main thing is the malt. On the tongue the finish is tangy and hoppy. Quite an interesting mix of flavours and they manage to remain distinct. Very nice.