GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown sugar brown red color. Hazy and clumpy. Uber-malty, apple hints, vanilla, cherries. Deceptive. I expected a sugar flavoring but instead got more subtle sweet/sharp play off one another from the initial flavoring and a creamy vanilla and lavender finish. Nice. Tricky.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle via trade with pantanap, thanks Kan!) Pours muddy brown-amber with a stout finger or so of light amberish-biege head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, cola and licorice. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, medium-heft, just a touch sticky on the back end. Light, weepy rings of lacing. Flavor of toffee, birch beer, caramel, licorice and hints of peat. A bitter snap in the finish. ABV well-hidden. Pretty tasty.
nuplastikk (4091) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 12oz bottle. Thick orange brown color, opaque. Wow. This walks the like between Scotch Ale and Barleywine, always careful to stay in Scotch Ale territory. Excellently rich and malty, with a dark fruit toffee sweetness. Some smoke as well. There is a slight cherry edge to the aftertaste. The bourbon is pleasantly balanced, not dominating in the least. This is craft brew at itís best.
JK (4242) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was surely better before it went into the bourbon barrel. I donít taste any of the cherry. There is some dirt and medium sweet malt. Bourbon is in the aroma and the flavor, but in this beer, I donít think it helps, but only covers the other flavors.
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle at our KW group tasting, thanks to kmallet, thanks Kyle. This one went over really well and with good reason. Pours a hazy orangy-amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is just awesome, piney, minty, hoppy, super malty, boozy, Earthy to the max. Flavour matches up well, same as above, with a really good full-mouthfeel, and a touch of maple which wasnít present in the aroma. Absolutely delicious. Astringency balances out the ample sweetness, and the booze is well in check and not at all cloying. Thanks again Kyle!
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Bourbon dominates the nose. Nice creamy head. I usually look for subtle bourbon but the bourbon dominates this. I got very little nose or flavor other than bourbon and for me that isnít good.
SrSilligoose (3091) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2009 pours a dark amber with a light tan head. notes of alcohol, syrup, and, in addition to the alchol, i also thought their were notes of bourbon. idiot.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a little different from nov. still nose of cream soda floats persists, bourbon cinnamon oatmeal and proofing coffee role. smooth cream oak and vanilla. light pin carbonation.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2009
2.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma of oak and mostly whiskey. Clear amber with a thin bubbly head. Bourbon and oak flavors, clean and subdued. Thin and slightly flat. A bit on the bland side.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours cloudy, but somewhat translucent reddish-brown, with a small white head. Aroma is very scotchy - peat, oak, and some smoke and sweet malts, molasses as it warms. Flavor is again peaty and scotchy, but with a nice sweet malty backbone and some spice and fruit. Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth. Interesting, enjoyable beer.