lamas (1347) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bottled: 11/16/09. Different label than that in the picture. A murky mahogany pour with a thin khaki head on top. An oaky aroma of scotch, sweet caramel maltiness, vanilla extract, prunes, and a touch of smokiness. Full-bodied and kinda syrupy. Almost creamy. The flavor starts off with plenty of sweet caramel, Raisinets, prunes, and vanilla extract. A roasted oaky/smokiness follows. Earthy. Quite boozy and warming throughout. Not necessarily my taste, but I can’t deny the quality.
raj201 (6) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I think very similar to New Holland Dragon’s Milk. Delicious, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel, vanilla and roasted malts. A bit of earthy. Pour a snifter, sit back and enjoy. Great beer.
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 Sampled from 12 oz bottle. The beer pours a reddish amber color with a very small head. Aroma of oak, sweet fruit, caramel, malts. Flavor is sweet, with notes of oak, vanilla, malts, and touches of alcohol.
UPDATE (10/18/2011): Drank entire 12oz bottle. Everything about the same, just wanted to reiterate how enjoyable this one was. Very woody, smooth notes of vanilla. Alcohol is very mellow, surprised this one was 10.2%.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty deep clear mahogany with an eggshell colored head. Caramel, toastiness and bourbon/oak in the nose – not too intense or alcohol-y. Flavor starts with brown sugar/molasses, toffee and then a prominent yet not over powering bourbon woodiness. Next comes earthy hop character for balance and some pipe tobacco. Pleasant sweetness level, which is very much appreciated. Not too boozy – nicely balanced. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Overall, very good stuff.
ben4321 (3810) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark, 12/14/09
Aroma: The nose has a lot of bourbon and scotch, along with vanilla, oak, smoke, and caramel
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish-brown color with a creamy tan head, and some drippy lace on the glass
Flavor: Taste is somewhat sweet and boozy, it has a distinct sweet bourbon feel to it, and a slight touch of fruit
Palate: This one has a long duration, sticky mouthfeel, and soft carbonation, with almost no burn
Overall, this beer is pretty good. Definitely a top choice for anyone who likes to sip on a nice bourbon. This is basically the beer equivalent of a wonderful scotch, a great sipper brew. It has a wonderfully smooth flavor, this is the best scotch ale I can ever recall drinking. Anyway, great beer, enjoy this one, I know I did.
WisconsinBeer (704) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a small head. Flavor is initially sweet and malty, followed by flavors of deep ripe fruit, chocolate cherries, bready yeast, caramel, earthy oak malts. Sweet and syrupy on the palate, medium bodied. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Finish is lingering and sweet. Well done and solid.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark amber color with a thin tan head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, oak, brown sugar and cherries. Bourbon and brown sugar up front with a very complex fruity acohol finish. One of the most perfectly balanced bourbon barrel aged beers I’ve ever tried.
BVery (5978) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle at Sheffield’s. Dark amber pour. Nose of oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel. Same on taste. Creamy and not too carbonated.
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing beer! vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel. Smooth and a superb bourbon nose. With just a little more carbonation and this thing would be the top beer ever. Very well constructed. Like an easy-drinking bourbon or a nice cold port wine. Outstanding complexity.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a dark amber with a finger of off white head. Amazing aroma of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and a little alcohol. Big, rich and smooth body. Toffee and more vanilla in the flavor. A fair amount of hop bitterness, but just to balance the malt. I wouldn’t call this a hoppy beer though. Very long finish of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Might be a bit over the top with the bourbon, but in a good way! One of the best beers I have had this year.