DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear dark maple syrup brown pour, medium carbonation and a very sweet, syrupy malt and bourbon. Flavor was like Three Floyds Robert the Bruce on steroids, amped up sweet caramel, heavy malts, herbs and finished with very little heat and a nice bourbon aftertaste. Very good, even though this style is generally hit or miss for me.
Beerdedone (2786) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at capones. Pours dark ruby with a thin lacy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and oakiness. Flavor is nice and complex with sweet caramel, bourbon, oaky vanilla and had a bit of toffee with a creamy warming boozy finish.
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Sweet, malty, oaky and earthy aroma, plenty of brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla to be found, along with lighter notes of caramel, alcohol and peat. Clear, dark red-brown color, head subsides to a fine, light tan ring around the edge of the snifter. Flavor is absolutely rife with bourbon character, showing through at all times amidst the toasty, sweet, sticky malts, light cherry, charcoal and vanilla tones, light, spicy hop bitterness, and the warming, peppery alcohol presence, drying to an extent before the end. Palate is thick, smooth and low in effervescence, body is quite substantial. Some esters appearing very late. Somehow manages to maintain balance and even a degree of drinkability that it just shouldnít have, being what it is. Impressive, powerful and massively flavorful.
arminjewell (6980) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours ruby red with off white head, aroma full of malt with smoke, caramel, and roastedness. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruit with some spiciness and a roasted finish. Not bad!
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Secret Santa! Pours dark ruby red with a smallish khaki colored head that fades to a ring. Aroma features a good amount of fruit, which surprised me. After it evens out, thereís wood, bourbon, drinking chocolate, sambuca, nuts, pears, and apple sauce. Itís a nice "light/dark" mix. Flavor begins with the pears and cherries quickly followed up by caramel, wood, bourbon, light cocoa, and nuts. Finishes drier with earth, leaves, wood, and a bourbon aftertaste. Not too heavy on the palate, with a slick and fairly hot mouthfeel, and prickly carbonation. Itís very enjoyable, but shy of the best barrel-aged beers.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 pours a tea brown with no head or sediment. nose is slightly alcoholic with strong malt aromas. taste very malty, creamy, and smooth. subtle candy flavors are noticeable, almost caramelly but not in the forefront. does have a decent amount of alcohol in the palate, but suits me fine. Very nicely surprised with this beer
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice oak overtones with smoky, earthy notes. This is the last bottle of a 4-pack that I cannot get locally and it took me this long to figure out whether it is worth replacing in my beer cellar. The vanilla and Bourbon flavors on my last sip make it a thumbs up.
MIBRomeo (2568) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lightly cloudy brownish reddish pour w/ a tall firm small bubbled light tan head. Palate is nice, smooth and creamy. Nice aroma bourbon was my first smell then some caramel and a touch of vanilla a tiny hint of pepper and oak. My only complaint is the aroma drops off w/ the head. Very sweet taste lots and lots of caramel hints of bourbon and oak, a touch of cherries in the finish is quite nice with the bourbon. A delicious beer.
temporrari (386) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ugh. Super sweet. I canít say I encountered a whole lot of barrel or bourbon flavor. Just a malt bomb. I probably should have known.
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by duffmansw. Poured a reddish color with a thin off white head. Aroma and taste was sweet oak, toffee, scotch whiskey. Very good brew.