pepsican (1451) - @ $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 (2159) - 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.
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz. Thanks, KMWeaver! Dark brown with caramel highlights and a very small tan head. Caramel, peat, and biscuit on the nose. Nice clean medium body with very soft carb. Peat, caramel, biscuit, and forward fruit notes on the mid-palate...delectable. Tobacco notes and leaves and earth on the finish. Great stuff.
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium brown, a little smoke on the nose, a lot of caramel, a touch of hops, nicely complex, no one flavor dominates, full and satisfying texture, overall quite satisfying and well balanced.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2008
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured deep nutty brown with no head what so ever. Aromas of rasins and alcohol. Taste is terrible! Alcohol and old beer taste is all I had. One sip and I couldnít take anymore.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAR 3, 2008
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks to Adam for this. I donít know if this was a bad bottle so I need to try another one. If it wasnít a bad bottle then the aging process is killing this beer. Iíve heard good things about this beer, but man I was really disappointed. Poured like murky lake water, with almost no head. No carbonation in it, just a very boring flat beer. Aroma has hints of caramel and alcohol. Tastes like charred wood with an alcohol burned finish. Not a pleasant beer to drink. I am not a fan of pouring beer down the drain, but had to with this one. This shouldnít be in the 90th percent tile. Iíll rerate this beer again just to make sure it wasnít a bad bottle.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Derek for this one. Dark caramel brown, no head forms but a tan mist relaxes on the top. Caramel, vanilla, and bourbon aromas. Flavors of vanilla, bourbon, burned bitter caramel, a warming alcohol, and dark chocolate accompanied by a dry finish. Smooth body. Better than expected.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Padrefan98. Pours a light brown with a faint amber hue, no head. Aroma of a nice Scotch ale with soem vanilla, bourbon ,and wood. Flavors were very good, bourbon, wood, vanilla, sweet malt, and some dark fruit.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from kmweaver. Iím really am beginning to like this brewery. Except for the Breakfast Stouts (overrated). More along the lines of a BA BW on the nose. Definite wood and alcohol presence. Sweet toffee malt. Creme brulee and alcohol on the nose. Pours thick and dense brown with a nice sized dark tan head. The barrel aging really rears its head on the tongue. Not sweet, but plenty of BA characteristics. Wood tannin, toasted caramel, maple syrup... wow. Lots of Bourbon flavors. Not too heavy or cloying on the palate. For those who are not on the Bourbon Barrel bandwagon... stay away.
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Heavy bourbon and vanilla nose. Creamy sweet fudge, light molasses and waves of black cherries soaked in bourbon. Fresh. Bright, but not hot or overly alcoholic. A bit of soap and oak. Thatís nice. Pours an evenly toned ruddy brown, 40% opaque. Silky, long lace of pale khaki film. Flavor is a dense, sweetened cream mingled with bourbon straight from the glass. Carbonation parses out some caramels, oak tannins, and maple-like residuals. Surprisingly light and not densely sweet, but the alcohol from the bourbon really dominates the profile. Not unlike that more abominable Imperial Stout. Thereís a nice leafy hop backdrop to the beer that settles the alcohols. Malt complexity is average and I would have expected more caramel density, but I appreciate that lack of cloying sweetness. And interesting bourbon rendition. I think this would be more interesting blended back with the straight Bastard, around 40%. Refined and mature. Filtration cuts into the potential complexity of this beer, in my opinion.