ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours a clear walnut brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is huge bourbon and oak, woodiness. Vanilla and caramel are kind of hiding behind the bourbon, but bourbon is the front runner on this one. Flavor is nice and complex with a lot of woodiness, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, toffee, dark fruit. Really nice beer and probably one of the better scotch ales I’ve had.
TheGB (510) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off, you must like the smell of Bourbon to like this beer. Pours a light brown with a light head. Aroma is strong with Bourbon, with some caramel and hops. Taste is pretty well balanced with malt, caramel, and floral hops to go with the bourbon. Overall it is well put together and balanced, just a lot of them derive from the bourbon barrels. Good winter night beer.
bierkoning (10210) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from TheCheeseMan, thanks! Dark brown color. Oak, malt, vennel and bourbon in the aroma. Malty flavor with oak and vanilla. Bourbon is clearly noticeable. Alcoholic, yet rounded and soft, and with a good complexity. Excellent sipper.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep mahogany color with small tanish head. Aroma of cherries, bourbon and wood with notes leather and wet leaves. Taste is pretty sweet and ends lightly bitter. Medium to heavy bodied (more towards heavy) with oily and very dry finish.
thegreenrooster (3215) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is deffinatly bourbon with some smoke in there plus a nice cherry. Flavor is great! Lots of bourbon-scotch with a mild alcohol burn on the tounge. If i would not know any better i would think i was drinking a mild scotch rather than a beer. deffinatly well crafted and something to slow sip on a cold winter night.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 11/28/2009 Source:Once Apon a Vine - Northside) Aged in oak Bourbon barrel. Bourbon dark fruitiness oak in aroma. Clear very dark amber with small lacy tan head. Bourbon vanilla toasty oak. Lightly astringent with some alcohol warming. Finish is dry and moderately bitter. Quite tasty.
yamar1221 (40) - USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Straight scotch, bourbon, and oaky tones burst on the dark, amber brown pour. Light, stony khaki head with a medium to heavy body. Very creamy smooth carbonation with a wonderful smoky caramel flavor with a light boozy bitter aftertaste.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome just even on the initial pour with a nice dark red color. Strong and even more strong bourbon and oak on the nose. I can also smell vanilla, caramel and cream in there as well. Definitely a full bodied brew. Smooth mouth feel. I taste bourbon, slight oak, caramel, cream in there too. Fantastic beer. Small amount of head really but no big deal with this type of beer.
obguthr (3840) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbon nose. Brown with an amorphous collection of sediments, thin lacing head. Unabashed bourbon flavor but with a nice cherry cordial edge. Alcohol noxious. Too much bourbon for me, but uniquely done.
Finhead (1187) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark red to brown pour with small off-white head. The nose is slightly fruity with hints of cherries and grapes, but the dominant smell is the bourbon whiskey. The taste packed with alcohol, but has a medium sweetness from the fruit notes. The body is full flavored with an oily texture and soft feel. The finish is long and smooth with a strong whiskey warmth.