TXBadger (1381) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice brown color with off-white head. Oak, scotch, bourbon, and caramel, and toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet. Very nice.
markextrae (959) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
shared bottle. poured a dark ruby / brown colour with a off white head. incredible aroma of vanilla, toffee, oak, butterscotch, bourbon, raisins, maple syrup, with a smooth balanced aftertate. taste is more like a barleywine. but a great brew!
StoutDr (44) - Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bourbon, sweet, smokey aroma. pours clear copper. taste is sweet, then caramel, smokey, plum and bourbon, faint maltiness. light on palate with moderate lingering aftertaste. Really sweet. Nice taster... don’t know that i could drink a full pint, except to sip for a long while.
Darkmagus82 (1234) - - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review from 2-7-12
Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass
Appearance – Pours a mahogany-deep red color. There is a very mild off white head formed upon pouring with only a bit of lacing upon the heads dissipation.
Smell – Sweeter aromas first meet the nose of dark fruits mixed with a little bit of caramel. A slight amount of bourbon works its way in the middle with a little bit of alcohol mixing with the bourbon and fruit; rounding out the smell profile at the very end.
Taste – Up front a nice complex dark fruit flavor, composed mainly of a cherry base (yet mixed in with some prune and raisin as well), is mixed with a slight amount of caramel malt flavor. There is an ever so slight bourbon that works its way into the taste profile. The alcohol then comes into play and mixing with the light bourbon and finishes out the taste profile. A nice flavor but a bit lacking in the barrel flavor that I desire.
Mouthfeel – For the high abv of the brew it is quite thin in body. The carbonation is just right, and this combined with the thinner body make it easy to drink. The one thing that holds one back, however, from downing this beer, is the slight tingle one gets from the alcohol, which helps keep you in check. Actually it all works together surprisingly well.
Overall - It is a good beer, but in some ways unbalanced for its style in my mind (i.e. thin body and lack of great bourbon flavor vs. its high abv and alcohol flavor). Good, but not great.
cobaink2 (66) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks at tastes of flat vanilla cola. It’s a nice beer but not lingering on the oak burbon taste.
hallinghansen (2044) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pre pale ale tasting/Dolle und Halling Maters of the Universe tasting. Unclear brown body with a small white head. Dark fruit, ripe fruit, caramel, wood.
jesperhammer (2888) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
14-MAY-2014, draft @Churchkey Washington DC.
Hazy, dark, dark, mahogany with lasitng off-white head.
Aroma is like: I am in Bourbon Heaven. Loads of bread and bourbon.
Taste the same. With Caramel, nuts, alcohol, dried fruit. Full sweet body with medium carbonation. This is wonderfull. Very malty and very Bourbon’y.
I love it.
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Beer Moth, Manchester. Drunk on New Year’s Eve 2013. One of the great beer names. Dense reddy brown pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma had notes of caramel, booze, smoke, wood, bourbon and vanilla. A decent smorgasboard in fact. More of the same in the fullish flavour, but the bourbon in the taste is maybe just a bit too much for me. Warmed up pretty well. Good but didn’t knock me off my seat. Its fine, but maybe a bit overrated.
Imaena (1823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught (gorwler). This is a big warm serious brew with lots of malt, alcohol, and wamth. If you see it get it.
esox (1066) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Slightly hazy brown color, thin lacy head. Heavy milk chocolate and syrupy caramel nose, vanilla, raisins, woody notes. Sweet, rummy and raisiny, almost extract-like, wood and, herbal notes, wood, and some alcohol in the finish. Medium body, slick and slightly sugary texture, low carbonation. Intense, sweet beer, more like a dessert.