BelgianBeerGal (2864) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This starts the gigantic backlog from DLD and the Jackie O release. Draft at pre-DLD party at the brewery. This tasted like a vanilla and coconut snowcone to me...definitely not in a bad way.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
tan-nut brown, no head. Nose is sweet, sugar masks leaving light grain, bark, marshmallow. Flavor is hot, cocoa and light tea, marshmallow and oxidized through finish. Thin, sweet.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, tinged ruby at the edges, nearly black in the middle. Smallish tan head faded fast. Light carbonation. Rich nose is roasty but cut by the strong burnt caramel and whiskey aromatics. Flavor is similar, a potent alcohol presence gives it a burning kick, mild roast, lots of chocolate, vanilla, burnt caramel, oaky bourbon. Rounded palate but the alcohol and astringency detract from what is almost an easy sipper. More than a little rough around the edges.
madvike (2373) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by TheAlum in the GTMW line...thanks Adam! - Pours mahogany with next to no had. Nose is sweet and boozy--a little sharp--with vanilla, oak, and layer after layer of sticky sweet malty barrel. Taste is the same--real sweet with vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and medium roast. Smoothed out a bit more than the nose. Not all that carbonated, but a nice mellow mouthfeel.
savnac (2353) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Dunt. Dark brown with a small, foamy, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, bread, roasted coffee, vanilla, butterscotch and oak. Flavor is rich, smooth, bready malt, chocolate, hot bourbon, oak and some sweet butterscotch. Medium body with a prickly carbonation and a long warming finish. Fantastic beer, loads of bourbon barrel character with a smooth, rich malty backbone.
JStax (2336) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Pours a darker brown with no head. Aroma is raisins and figs. Tastes sweet with a little heat on the back end.
dcschiller (2153) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Dak! Pours a dark brown color with a garnet hue. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and marshmallow. Taste is sweet with more bourbon and vanilla. Medium bodied and smooth. This is one pretty awesome beer!
holdenn (2060) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark black with a thin white head. Nose that lets you know its an oak aged black beer. Good amount of roast and bakers chocolate with some vanilla, bourbon hints. The flavor is balanced really well. Not too sweet or syruppy. A good amount of roast and bakers chocolate with the hints that it spent some time in the barrel - oak, vanilla, bourbon. Medium body ... really drinkable stuff. Dry and really well done. Itís hardly a schwarzbier, but this is what schwarzbiers should want to be.
pushkinwow (1554) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Summer Secret Santa. Mahogany with a biege head. Very pleasant smoke with vanilla, oak, bourbon, some bakers chocolate, roasted malts, some plums. Full body, moderate carbonation, lost of kick from the alcohol, mild sweetness with a nice bitter kick and blend of the alcohol. The barrel treatment puts this beer over the top in terms of deliciousness.
Jesterdeal (1466) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of rye, vanilla, molasses, toffee, chocolate and birch beer. Pours deep brown, with a fluffy head. Taste has bitter rye, good smoked body, vanilla bean, and toffee. Delicious.