574deadzone (1370) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby with rust around the edges. You can get a slight khaki-beige head with a good swirl, but it settles to a ring. Nose has a lot going on...you get that bourbon barrel up front, full of wood and whiskey. Lots of caramel sweetness, some of that mossy smokiness. Taste is a lot of sweet with a fair amount of bitter and some alcohol bite. Palate is really smooth, coating, slightly thick, and a little sticky, with very low carbonation and nice alcohol warmth going down. The quintessential beer for special occasions, imagined or otherwise.
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 12oz bottle into small taster glass.
Aroma: Hard to put my finger on the aroma. A little fruity and a little bit of alcohol. Maybe some vanilla.
Appearance: dark carmel brown and very little head. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Sweet, whiskey, vanilla, and cream soda
Palate: Very creamy. reminds me of a cream soda with a shot of whiskey in it. The alcohol isnt too overpowering though but you can tell its there.
Overall: Very good beer. High alcohol %. Its definitely a sipper. Probably wont have this again but enjoyed it.
kevinsenn (1970) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Founders brewpub. Hazy brown in a snifter. Earthy aroma of bourbon, alcohol, smoke, and caramel. All that same stuff is in the taste as well. It is high on the sweet side, but it works well here. Love it!
burg326 (5266) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle that pours a cloudy amber color, aroma of sweet malt, oak, and booze. Flavors of malt, spicey oak, and a twinge of boozey aftertaste. Was a great night cap that I would want mor of.
Ndg2e (36) - Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer easily drinkable. Strong flavor great pour. Tried at a beer taste and wished there was more.
edgallow (3609) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 12 oz Bottle pours deep red color. Smells of vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, caramel syrup, and alcohol. Great bourbon taste with a hint of fruit
weihenweizen (3082) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refrigerated bottle poured into a shaker. Pours really dark hazy amber with tan finger head that disspates fast. Some lacing, heavy body, sticky texture, low carbonation, and nice sweet aroma. Taste is malty oak, bourbon, hint of alcohol, and a hint of vanilla in the finish. Based on the rating I really expected more.
kassner (1536) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 On tap at mad mex in Robinson. Nice foamy head and light cola color, with great whiskey and malt aromas. Usually I dont like wiskey ain but tey ave tis rit wit full mout of malt and vanilla. Just a very slitbitter taste at end.
4/16 on TAP the Pit in Raleigh. Still great.
11/14 On tap at Stokes, still one of the few barrel aged beers I like
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, at the Jackie-Os bar. Almost not-clear brown color, minimal tan head, leaving good lace. Big body, crisp light carbonation, smooth, aged texture. Nice sweet taste, but kinda boozy, spicy, dark fruit and a heavier bourbon aroma. Really good, assertive, but not repulsive like a lot of barrel-aged beers I try. Delightful hop bitterness. Awesome looking suspended dark particles, inside. Awesome, strong, but not-too-strong aftertaste.
callmemickey (4216) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Dark brownish red body. Just a coating of off white head. Very little lacing.
S: Bourbon and all that comes with it. Vanilla, oak, alcohol... then comes the beer... dark chocolate and caramel.. not much in the way of hops, but thats ok
D: This is like jack and coke meets beer... its rather nice... the aromas in the nose are well positioned in the taste profile.. nice bourbon finish
M: Smooth. Slightly carbonated. Slightly alcoholic burn too.
O: I donít know. For as much as I enjoyed the beer I just didnít want another. I like bourbon aged beers (including KBS/oaked aged yeti/etc) and this is the first one I wasnít willing and ready to have another.