BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 I shouldnít even have to say it anymore, because everyone knows: bottle thanks to miketd. Poured a deep brown color with a thin, light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, and even hints of fruit in the aroma. Very smooth and creamy. Sweet Caramel malts open the flavor and lead into a slight bourbon hit with undertones of toffee and fruits, with a nice drying oak finish. Nice beer that I really enjoyed. Thanks Mike.
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer but it has taken on a little too much of the bourbon barrel essence. Sweetness and booze donít seem to find a perfect balance with this beer but itís not too bad at all.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good aroma of oak and bourbon. Pours a very dark red/brown with very little head. Smooth beer, with just a hint of bourbon that isnít over powering. Solid brew.
WabashMan (1011) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice Scots Ale (and thanks to the fine folks at Crown #15, Fishers, Indiana, for seeking out this stock!). Pours a very dark, reddish brown, with thin head. Aroma is malt and spice. Flavor is the same, but very rich. Has an almost barley wine quality to it, with noticeable alcohol, but not unpleasantly so. A very good beer!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut color with a garnet hue when held to the light. Diminished taupe head with a thin lid adrift atop. Strong aromas of bourbon oak, earthy vanilla, peat, milk chocolate, butterscotch and a hint of alcohol. Very strong bourbon flavors, nearly to the point of shuttering (the shake you get after slamming a shot of bad whiskey). Sweet and fruity in the start, with black cherries and and plums. Middle is full frontal bourbon including the burn that follows. Some hints of toffee on the finish, but my guts are really starting to burn. The bourbon is really overpowering in this one. While I like bourbon, I like beer more and this one is doused with too much booze.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 12oz bottle, no date. My bottle claims 8.7%. Clear copper brown with a small beige head, fading to a ring before long. Nose has plenty of bourbon, vanilla, wood, and brown sugar. There is some smoky peated malt and toffee as well as some light alcohol. Flavor is much the same--no surprises. Lotsa toffee, almost buttery. Full smooth body, low carbonation. Very good. This doesnít quite taste like what I remember at the Great Taste--if I can find my notes, at the Great Taste it was less peaty and I didnít pick up on any bourbon--maybe they gave me the wrong beer. Notes from GTMW 8/11/07. Clear reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of light bourbon, light peated malt, and caramel malts. Flavor was the same with a little bourbon and no peated malt. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good, but not enough peat.-----I donít know if this was the same beer or not, but there is definitely a difference between my two different samples. 7-3-7-3-14--3.4
EithCubes (4723) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sweet aroma, slightly smoky with strong overtones of whiskey [more bourbon, really], a bit of caramel and wood. Some vanilla. Richly malty. Muddled mahogany body with a tanned bubbly head. Very sweet and lightly bitter taste, faint smoke and bread, slight woody [oaken] smoke carrying through the aftertaste. Vanilla, faint cherry, blended dark fruits, butterscotch, toasted toffee. Lots of complex malt here, but also has some alcohol fumes from the whiskey. Medium body a bit lighter than liked at times, but still to style, and the taste is extremely robust. Creamy smooth feel. Complex and satisfying, well-integrated alcohol but still definitely a sipper. Really, really good - but can be better!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An almost still, dark brown beer, this has a profoundly oaky nose, with the tannic and uric notes I associate with oak barrel aging over a rather sweet, cookie-like nose. The flavor is quite sweet and a bit chocolatey, almost like a tootsie role. There is certainly a good dose of oak there, but itís not offensively tannic, and there are a number of pleasant hints in there as well of tobacco, almonds, and cherry wood smoke. Fantastic.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
oaky and vanilla aroma.... slightly bourbon aroma. Very nice malty aroma... but not overly, just enough to smell yummy.
Taste is initially a creamy bourbon followed by a smooth oak flavor and a slight vanilla extract.
Very well done.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 12oz, recently bottled. pours clear dense mahogany with small fizzy tan head around the rim. nose is big with vanilla, oak, bourbon, not much else, lots of vanilla. flavor has loads of sweet caramel and bourbon, lots of vanilla here, licorice, slight hint of chocolate. alcohol is well hidden but some sips are harsh and others just warming the throat. the nose and taste leads me to believe it is going to burn but it finishes quite smooth. body is a bit watery, carbonation is surprisingly low, as it looks fizzy at first. in the end the flavor just isnít that complex for a BA beer sort of leaving the palate with a huh, is that it? feeling. tasty though.