weihenweizen (3130) - 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 (1549) - 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 (4251) - 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.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The scotch overpowers the aroma, but once it settled, I could pick up the oaky caramel scents with malt notes. The appearance was a bit underwhelming, a chocolate brown after a silky pour with no head and zero lacing. The palate was a smooth textured medium to light body and the taste just exploded. The taste was a scotch alcohol assault similar to the scent. However, a sweet, cream and caramel persisted that reminded me of those cow tail candies gas stations all seem to sell (which I liked). The taste then settled warmly to the tongue. Overall, Iím hooked. Iíll be cellaring some of this.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Super malt and oak barrel aroma . Light hops and super malts flavor. Bready and thick. Light fruit flavor and super dry finish.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber, almost no head. Bourbon malt and caramel. Lots of bourbon and chocolate in the finish. Fantastic
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of scray24, poured into a pint glass. Deep dark amber with a small eggshell head. Iím basically getting bourbon on the nose, without much scotchy influence. Malty caramel with oodles of toasted coconut. Not an alcoholic smell though, very smooth. Flavor is very similar. The main note here is woody bourbon, heavy on coconut, light on booze. A little vanilla and honey come through. A strong sweet beer, perfect for nightcap purposes.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle given to me by Timfoolery. This beer is awesome. Easily the best scotch ale Iíve ever had. Pours a dark brown with a small head. Smelled of molasses and oak barrel. Sweet malt goodness. Let me say that again, sweet malt goodness. WOW!!
superspak (4660) - Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 10/07/11. Pours cloudy dark red color with a small dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toasted malt, oak, bourbon, and molasses. Simply incredible aromas here with fantastic balance. Taste of huge caramel, coconut, vanilla, toasted malt, bourbon, toffee, molasses, and a bit of spiciness. Fairly clean finish; but some lingering notes of caramel, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and molasses on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and quite full bodied; with a very creamy, silky, and incredibly smooth drinking mouthfeel. Alcohol is almost completely hidden; but there is a small bit of booziness and a slight warming after the finish. Incredible balance of flavors in the taste and aromas. Overall this is definitely a world class brew. Incredible flavor balance, with some unique flavor combination thanks to the barrel aging. I am glad I have more of this; I wonder how it is in a year.