HonkeyBra (2849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep and murky red. Vanilla, bourbon aroma with some spice notes. Flavor is subtley spicey, with wax, oak, vanilla and maple notes. Then the bourbon hits you square in the face. Scotchy, dirty, maybe some chocolate, with a boozy, bitter finish.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 [2008 Bottle 10.2% with a new label] Pours a murky orange tinted medium brown with basically no head. Spicy malty aroma, similar to curmudgeon, vanilla and lots of bourbon. Flavor is kind of dull and waxy, from the barrel no doubt, with lots of bourbon upfront. Not near as spicy or buttery as curmudgeon, however the bourbon is much more straight forward. The malt tastes a bit darker and lightly peaty which brings to mind some grassy scotch notes. Medium/full body, lightly buttery, with light sizzling carbonation. Iím not sure if aging will bring out anymore flavors, its pretty mellow as is. 22.214.171.124.15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[2009 bottle rated 11.21.09 with upside down label] Wow, I can already tell Iím going to like this more than last years. Pours a creamy chocolate color with a thick tall foamy light tan frothy head, looks fantastic. Aroma is the typical Founderís vanilla/bourbon barrel but seems to be smoothed out just a bit, still spicy, the bourbon and vanilla seem to let some of the other pleasant woody notes come through this time instead of completely over powering the, sweet brown sugar, hint of coconut. Flavor is much better than last year, not just a sticky sweet syrupy mess anymore, some nice chocolate and malt flour notes, same thing with the aroma in the flavor, the vanilla isnít totally overpowering this time, still quite strong, not a whole ton of depth, finishes quick and really thin for what it could be, some lingering root-beer and just a hint of watered down scotch in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with fizzy soda carbonation that detracts a bit from the sipper it was last year... I prefer this years flavor with last years body hehe. 126.96.36.199.15 The third best Scotch Ale Iíve had this week... the two better were both homebrews ;)
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The first time i had this i thought wow this is the shit. But then i realized on a few less drunk occasions that its a beautiful explosion of flavors of sugary treats. Maple, chocolate, vanilla, cream, bourbon, smoke and spices. Good beer.
Marsiblursi (2963) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2011 (Bottle, thanks to hopscotch) Pours beautiful deep red with some brownish hints and almost no head. The aroma is of sweet caramelly malt, buttery bourbon oak/wood shop, citric/resiny hops and a sweet fruitiness. Undertones of smoke, earth, vanilla, mild spices, maple syrup and cucumber. The flavour is of buttery bourbon oak/wood shop and sticky caramel/maple syrup up front with resiny orange-like hops. Undertones of dark fruits, earth and a light tannin bite. The mouthfeel is soft and sticky. Numbing hop and alcohol finish. Medium to heavily sweet and medium bitter. Medium to full bodied.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of pepsican. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with tiny floating impurities and a small, creamy yellowish head. Distinct sweet bourbon aroma. Medium-bodied with sweet caramel and fruit, a little spicy with the bourbon notes really shining through leading to a somewhat boozy finish. A little low in carbonation. Very pleasant. 220808
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to zathrus13. Wow, this stuff is good! Pours with a largish, brown head with hazey red tinged, deep brown body. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, peet, and some toffee. Flavors of toffee, fruit, vanilla, oak, raisins, bourbon, and a lot of alcohol. As a whiskey drinker, this stuff is great, and the bourbon character reminds me alot of Goose Island IS and Kentucky Breakfast (and maybe BB Angels Share). Syrupy mouthfeel with light bubbles, Great stuff to sip on!
IndianaRed (2035) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Semi clear mahogany with a thin prsistant tan head. Big delicious vanilla bourbon aroma. Light and dry palattte but a nice mild woodu flavor with plenty of vanilla and oak.
sloth (2337) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small tan head with fair retention and lace. Deep brown color, clear. Lotsa whisky in the nose along with vanilla and a light woodiness. Body is med/full, Slick and coating, light carbonation. Whisky flavors are prominent, vanilla, faint chocolate and maybe some roast buried under there, some fruit and vinous notes slunkin around in there also. Fairly dry boozy finish. Props to eaglefan for sharing. It werent that bad Brian! Sheesh!
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 14, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Styles, shared at State Line. The pour was dark mahoganey brown with a decent initial head that thinned to a full but thin covering. The aroma was all bourbon, vanilla, very faint oak. Did I mention the bourbon? Roasty and smoke notes fill in slightly on the flavor, but this was pretty hot and full of bourbon (even some maple) to the point that it wasn’t pleasant combined with an astringency that was unwelcomed. A fun experience indeed, but not a solid beer in my book. Thanks, Chris, for this one along with those other gems you sent!
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, vinous, and vanilla. Flavor of hops (orange, grapefruit), caramel malt, dark fruits, and toffee.