esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany with suspended particulates and a large slowly dissolving tan head that leaves some splotchy lace. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, sweet malt and alcohol. Taste of bourbon, toffee, scotch, bready malt and alcohol. Pretty full mouth feel with some warming going on the backend.
fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky dark amber-tinted brown with a 3 finger creamy yellow tan head that has awesome retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, smoke, vanilla, hints of overripe red apples, oak, toasted nuts, hints of leather, rich grainy malts, a little licorice, roast and rich toffee. Flavor is caramel apple, a hint of citrus and toast up front, soon the rich bourbon and vanilla, fresh cut oak, gooey fresh caramel, honey roasted nuts, lots of earthy notes, smokey malts, a touch of roast, sweet toffee and herbal hops. Finish is has herbal, bourbon and woordy characteristics while retaining a fantastic smoky, toasty, nutty rich caramel backbone. Fantastic beer, everything really comes together amazingly. Palate is medium to thick body with a failry slick and sticky feel most of the way through and a soft, but active carbonation.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown sugar brown red color. Hazy and clumpy. Uber-malty, apple hints, vanilla, cherries. Deceptive. I expected a sugar flavoring but instead got more subtle sweet/sharp play off one another from the initial flavoring and a creamy vanilla and lavender finish. Nice. Tricky.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle via trade with pantanap, thanks Kan!) Pours muddy brown-amber with a stout finger or so of light amberish-biege head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, cola and licorice. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, medium-heft, just a touch sticky on the back end. Light, weepy rings of lacing. Flavor of toffee, birch beer, caramel, licorice and hints of peat. A bitter snap in the finish. ABV well-hidden. Pretty tasty.
nuplastikk (4346) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 12oz bottle. Thick orange brown color, opaque. Wow. This walks the like between Scotch Ale and Barleywine, always careful to stay in Scotch Ale territory. Excellently rich and malty, with a dark fruit toffee sweetness. Some smoke as well. There is a slight cherry edge to the aftertaste. The bourbon is pleasantly balanced, not dominating in the least. This is craft brew at itís best.
JK (4401) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was surely better before it went into the bourbon barrel. I donít taste any of the cherry. There is some dirt and medium sweet malt. Bourbon is in the aroma and the flavor, but in this beer, I donít think it helps, but only covers the other flavors.
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle at our KW group tasting, thanks to kmallet, thanks Kyle. This one went over really well and with good reason. Pours a hazy orangy-amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is just awesome, piney, minty, hoppy, super malty, boozy, Earthy to the max. Flavour matches up well, same as above, with a really good full-mouthfeel, and a touch of maple which wasnít present in the aroma. Absolutely delicious. Astringency balances out the ample sweetness, and the booze is well in check and not at all cloying. Thanks again Kyle!
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Bourbon dominates the nose. Nice creamy head. I usually look for subtle bourbon but the bourbon dominates this. I got very little nose or flavor other than bourbon and for me that isnít good.
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2009 pours a dark amber with a light tan head. notes of alcohol, syrup, and, in addition to the alchol, i also thought their were notes of bourbon. idiot.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a little different from nov. still nose of cream soda floats persists, bourbon cinnamon oatmeal and proofing coffee role. smooth cream oak and vanilla. light pin carbonation.