Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: pours as amber brown brew with mid plus creamy , slightly tanned top. Good lace presented.
Nose: Creamy wrap on oak aged brew , quiet caskey.
Flavor/Palate : mid , full bodied. Oak wood of barrel never lets you forget its presence, soft texture mellows things out. Alcohol is actually quiet dry here and considering other elements this is a good thing. Walls are laced with chewy caramel. Interesting blend.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a fine scotch ale this is! Pours a deep, muddy reddish brown with a thin cream-colored head. Aroma is pungent, and has a strong french oak tone, much like Glenlivet 15. Vanilla and caramel sweetness also climb up your nostrils. By this point, your tongue is well-prepared for the strong flavors of oak and whisky, and that powerful caramel malt sweetness that balances the alcohol.
Semi-creamy mouthfeel, just light enough to welcome the next sip. Potent flavors and double-digit ABV don’t overwhelm, as they’re somehow smoothed by other components. Simply fantastic - better than Breakfast Stout, and right up there with CBS as my favorite offering from Founders.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a thick off-white head that settles quickly. Aroma is of bourbon. Taste is great strong tast of bourbon but not over whelming. Warms as it goes down. Usually you give up some taste with a 10.2% ABV but not with this one. Very unique flavor. Quite tasty. Highly recommend.
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2009 The most unique Ale I have tasted to date. For the Bourbon lover in all of us. Would rate higher if it had a bigger, longer lasting head, but makes up with a long after taste. Would like to do a blind tasting with a real bourbon and see that happens!
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy dark brown/ruby with almost no head. Strong scotch aroma, the alcohol is noticeable, also notes of caramel and spice. Nice smooth and full bodied palate, with a little bit of stickiness that helps the flavor linger. The scotch flavor sticks out the most, and you can taste a little bit of smoke from the bourbon barrels. The finish has a bit of the sweet caramel and some earthy spices. Excellent beer.
jefcon (1470) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Woodsy deep brown in the glass, with a disappearing head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and cherry. Long, lush palate really shows off the bourbon flavors without indicating too much alcohol. Slightly sweet at first, then a slight alcohol burn at the finish, but bright flavors throughout of oak, charcoal, cherry, white chocolate and leaves.
hershiser2 (1328) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville for $3.60. Pours muddy brown with a quarter of an inch of off-white head. Light, sweet bourbon in the nose - malts as well. Flavor is sweet chocolate bourbon, dark chocolate finish.
deyholla (7701) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a brown head. Aroma is full of bourbon notes with an undertone of smoke and roasted malts. Flavor begins with sweet caramel and grain notes, but finishes with a smoky alcoholic kick.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour was dark amber, like the color of whiskey actually, with a half inch of beige head that disappeared in the blink of an eye. Nose is bourbon, scotch, vanilla, oak, and earth. Taste is whiskey, vanilla, bourbon, and earth upfront. This is followed by an odd, caramel sour cherry the pops up and flows into the finish. This is a very unique brew that is quite enjoyable! Though delicious, I don’t know if I could drink more than one or two. Also, the HIGH ABV is very well hidden!
drowland (6662) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle (2009) into a goblet. The pour is amber/red with a small off-white head and tons of lacing. The aroma is mostly bourbon barrel - oak, tannins, and a solid dose of vanilla. The flavor is a lot of bourbon barrel up front like the aroma but then fades into a sweet and smokey concoction paired with a numb alcohol feeling. This is all a good combination!