QuezXLV (405) - Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Burgandy color but no head. Definite aroma of the oak barrels; sweet but heavier like a red wine. Slight bitter (but enjoyable) taste with hints of coconut. Feels heavy on the palate with an almost perfect amount of carbonation. This is an outstanding and unique beer. I sometimes hesitate when giving ratings this high, but I cannot justify going any lower. Great selection!
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours hazy burnt copper with a tan head. Aroma is boozy with notes of bourbon, caramel, and a touch of peat smoke. Flavor shows the same with the oak making itís appearance as well as brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon soaked cherries. Overall body is moderate, with an underlying sweetness and nice warming alc on the finish. MMMM.
edwardbass (570) - Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm....pours nice dark brown. Aroma is of what else? Bourbon. Taste is like drinking carbonated bourbon. Very tasty if you love bourbon. If you donít like bourbon? Donít waste your time or money.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark with decen head smelled and tasted sweet oaky vanilla and bourbon with aftertaste of bourbon
Hair6a11 (1392) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours a brown/amber color with modest head. I had this brew on tap at a tasting event and it blew my mind. On bottle was no different really - I think this brew is incredible, really. It is a symphony of Scotch, Oak (It doesnít dominate at all ;) ) Big caramel malts, smoke is questionable, and dark cherries is quite questionable but either way. Amazing.
PapaSkeetSkeet (910) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 Mid brown with a warm-hued brown head. smells very strongly of oak, vanilla, bourbon- old grandad (as expected I suppose). Flavor is the same, completely dominated by the oak character, with a bit of rye bread mixed in there at the end.
Update: Difficult to drink this one in large quantities. More Bourbon than oak this time around, less sweet seeming that the regular bastard. Deserves more credit than I gave it.
Supertrapped (6) - USA - NOV 12, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Though a little too sweet, this was quite the excellent bb stout. Had one and wanted more. Unfortunately, couldnít find any in the liquor stores.
sherm1016 (1182) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle From Downer Wine & Spirits. Pours a dark amber with pretty much no head. Aroma is all bourbon. Medium feel on the palate with nice carbonation. Taste is a pleasant balance of bourbon, malt, and alcohol. Its a shame this is a limited release.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz btl. Pours super dark copper with a nice frothy tan head. Awesome aroma of dark fruit, maple syrup, and caramel. Awesome body, smooth and sweet molasses with a nice dark fruit raisin underbelly. The maltiness is so sweet without being too rich which I love.The whiskey comes through in the finish with a tasty, spicy and lasting warmth. Not overpoweringly hot but just pleasant. That syrup comes through so sweet after it goes down, I dig it. My perty mouth canít get enough. Got to get another bottle.
matthewjk (946) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 12oz bottle - Wow! Butterscotch, scotch, caramel, and yes, dark cherries are in there as well. Just fantastic. I treated this like I was drinking a scotch, even poured into a nice snifter.