presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trade with noncaloric. Moderate head. Red amber beer. Alcohol (bourbon?) and molasses in the aroma. First sip is alcohol body, used chewing tobacco, molasses, an alcohol shiver and long caramel-molasses-toffee notes. An entire pint of flavour in each sip. A rollercoaster for your palate. Second taste is brandy and chocolate. Another is sweet licorice toffee. A bottle full of surprises.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 Had to re rate this, it is really a fine beer. Pours a dark rust color with a thin tan head with nice lacing. Oak and bourbon are the prominent aromas, touches of smoke and sweet caramel. Starts out with exactly what it smells like, bourbon and oak, but then dramatically changes to a smokey sweet flavor, almost like a mellow bbq sauce, and finishes out with dark ripe frutis, ash, and a very faint touch of hops that linger. Thick and rich, definitely a sipper. Outstanding, complex but balanced.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is sweet, bourbon, caramel. Deep red body, thin ring of head around the edges, it looks a little hazy. Rich and intense flavors of boubon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, citrusy hops. Prior batch was 9.2%, this bottle (2008) says 10.2% - either way, this is not one for your beer bong.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20090121 12oz bottle Muddy brown with small, fleeting beige head. Aroma is rich with dates, old wood, cellar stairs, tobacco, and last nights red wine residue crusted in the bottom of a glass. Fairly light bodied and quite bitter, more than expected, with a woody astringency that is both anticipated and not very welcome. Lingering metallic notes, quartz, and strong vinous notes throughout meld smoothly with the theme but do not thrill.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Capones Nov í08: Poured a dark dark red color with not much head. The aroma was a strong bourbon. The flavor was over powered by the bourbon with some oak and vanilla present An Interesting beer.
Arayaga2 (1746) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Ruby red with a tan head. Very bourbon forward aroma overwhelms caramelized scotch ale notes. Taste has the same balance with serious oak tannins with a lot of vanillin and a slightly tangy, rather bitter finish. I very much enjoyed it, but feel like it could have a bit less oak for my liking. $6/13oz
RERATE from 3.6 total score. Much more civil bourbon character in the bottle this time with incredible coconut notes. Reminds me a bit of Weyerbacher Insanity.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Very strong bourbon aroma. Opaque reddish brown body, almost no head. Flavor is overwhelmingly bourbon whiskey, very foreign to my conception of beer. Certainly tasty, but MUCH too far in the direction of bourbon in my opinion.
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light-tan small head that dissipated quickly. Smells of roasted nut, some typical scotch smells, and A LOT of bourbon. Smell kind of reminds me of GIís Bourbon Co. stout. Tastes of roasted flavors, malt, and only a little bourbon (surprisingly little compared to the smell). Very smooth to swallow though, and has a very nice feel in the mouth afterwards. Aftertaste has some vanilla too.
ross (2026) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Daniel. Pours out a brown color with not much of a head at all. Smell is instantly full of bourbon notes and some roasted malts. Taste is overly malty without much hop flavor at all. Full of bourbon notes, woody, very oaky as well. Interesting beer, lots of alcohol burn too. Interesting beer, but not near the quality of the wee heavy alesmith. Not much to say for this one..
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours out a darker brown color with a small beige head. aroma was that of your typical scotch ale with a hefty dose of bourbon. flavor was great, but a bit raw with the bourbon. i had difficulty at first tasting anything but bourbon