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 (3179) - 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.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle thanks to nolankowal. I really liked the smoke and wood smells in this one. Awesome flavors of some bourbon and some sweet vanilla.
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle shared with Padrefan98. Aromas were a lot of sweet wood and bourbon. Actually, I think it was a lot of wood and sweet bourbon. But I canít be sure. The aroma led me to believe this would be really hot. But it was quite smooth and vanilla with touches of dark dried fruit. Pretty darn good stuff.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From dankman38 via trade. Thanks again! The pour was a very attractive clear mahogany that had nice depth and produced a scant, off-white head that hung around only for a moment before collapsing into a galaxy swirl. Spotty bits of lacing. The aroma was vanilla, malt, oakiness and some bourbon/alcohol goodness. The flavor was sticky sweet malts soaked in vanilla and finished in a bourbon barrel. The bourbon does assert itself, but hardly in a negative way. Better as it approached room temperature and was allowed to breathe. The mouthfeel was medium to full and very nice. More please!
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A slightly vigorous pour produces only enough head to cover the beer for a half second, what is there is a amber tinged tan color. The beer is a dark plum / dark amber color that shows a lightly hazy, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. At the first, the aroma is a nice mix between rich malt notes and oak aromatics. Deeper inspection yields much the same with competing aromas of ripe, bright, concentrated berry notes, some spicy bourbon, soft butterscotch, a touch of molasses, deeply caramelized malt, lightly toasted grain and browned biscuits.
Somewhat sweet, though this beer drinks much richer than the sweetness would suggest. The body of this beer is downright chewy, viscous and mouth-coating. Flavors of berries, hugely caramelized grain and a rich malt character slowly yield to spicy, oak and Bourbon influenced flavors that linger on in the finish. The buttery notes from the oak and Bourbon character really shows through in the finish and it adds a nice compliment to the up front malt focus of this beer. Peppery oak and a bit of hot boozy Bourbon notes provides a sharpness, almost harshness as the beer warms up a bit.
I really like that the malt character plays a slightly bigger role in the flavor profile than the bourbon barrel does; this keeps the integrity of the rich, Scotch ale style, but with an offsetting bourbon component that helps to offset / balance the thick malt character of this brew. Having said that, bourbon barrel aged beers seem to be a bit hard for me to get behind; there is something about the Bourbon notes that add a harshness the beers aged in the barrels that just doesnít quite work for me. As the beer warms up from its initial 50įF / 10įC it picks up more of the sharp, hot, Bourbon flavors which pull this away from being balanced. This is not a bad brew, but the Bourbon character is a bit much, especially as the beer warms up a bit.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a fingers worth of tan head that goes to lace sitting on top of a dark brown body
Alcohol, malt and bourbon aromas fill your nose
Tastes of sweet malt, bourbon, you get the barrel flavors as well
Medium smooth mouthfeel
Very big beer, good drinkablity will drink this one again. one per sitting though