Gregis (1276) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of kmweaver. Pours burgundy with a wispy, thin beige skin and oily lace. The nose is of modest, sweet bourbon, cherries, and vanilla over a dark, fruity, malt backbone. Medium-bodied and silky-slick with a dry and lightly boozy finish. The palate thins a bit over time. Sweet, fruity malt, vanilla, and light bourbon with a lightly smoky and woody finish. Bourbon and vanilla lingers in the aftertaste. This is a tasty beer, but I think that I might prefer the original Dirty Bastard just a hair. Perhaps Iíll have to snag another bottle for a side-by-side. Thanks again for sending this my way, Ken!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2012 12oz bottle, generously supplied by HimerMan and ucusty - thanks, guys!!! My bottle says 8.5% abv, but close enough. Very strong bourbon smell as the russet beer - slightly cloudy, with minimal carbonation (a couple of beads and very mild retention) - pours. My initial impression is that the beer isnít substantial enough to handle the boozy qualities of the barrel-aging, and Iím not sure that aging will settle it down or make it more astringent. Itís an enjoyable brew, but right now itís too one-dimensional for me.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle generously shared by Gregis. Pour is cordovan, slightly hazed with an off white head. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel biscuit malt, with some cherry fruit sweetness. Bourbon woodiness in there as well. Taste is big Bourbon woodiness with a very drying caramel maltiness. Really boozy in the mouth despite a lower ABV.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle shared by Greg. Pours dark red to brown with a light brown head. Clings to the sides of the glass nicely. Caramel sweet in the nose with some smoke and a strong shot of bourbon. An interesting fruitiness as well. Caramel and toffee flavors with some chocolate, but a bit over the top boozy. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Warm dry finish. Not bad. Not great.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks from hoppymeal for this bottle. Pours a fuzzy garnet color with tan head that lingers for a bit. Wonderful nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla, cranberries and sweet maple flavored malts. Taste is just as good with peat flavors and a smooth finish that makes is a fantastic beer. hoppymeal, you rock.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of JB175. Pours a cloudy dark caramel color with a one finger beige head. You can really smell the bourbon in this one and it dominates the nose with just a hint of malt around the edges. Palate is bourbon upfront with some oaky vanilla and sweet sugary malt in the finish before the alcohol burn hits your over the head. Looked thin on the pour but itís pretty creamy mouth feel. This is an interesting brew. I like it, not sure Iíd trade for more, but I like it enough that Iíd buy a few if they were sold here. Definitely warming with that 9% abv. Thanks for hooking me up with this Jason.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: pours a very dark brown with hardly any ligth tan head. aroam is oak, whiskey, and caramel malts. alot of bourbon some vanilla. small hints of chocolate. get some good amount of raisin type dried fruit. very good. flavour is bourbon and oak that seems to over power the caramelly malt, some touches of chocoalte. finishes a good bitter,
douglas88 (5168) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a light red/brown with a thin white head. The aroma is mostly heavy alcohol and peat. The taste is like a fairly dry and smooth scotch, with some smoky malts and some sweet brown sugar. Really quite nice. Itís not a style I love, but this is really well made.
pepsican (1397) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brownish red with a almost non existent off white head. Aroma is very strong with vanilla and wood. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, caramel, butter, maple wood. Finishes slightly sweet, alcohol is apparent. Very interesting. Thanks to secret santa, styles, and TheCheeseMan for all hooking me up with bottles of this at different times. I finally got around to cracking one! Thanks guys.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to after4ever. Pours clear mahogany with a lacy off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, spice and smoke. Caramel biscuit taste. Sort of like Cinnabons without the cinnamon. Dry smoky finish.