timberrr (43) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. Bottle from 9/28/12 poured into snifter. Pours a deep amber brown almost completely opaque with a small, quickly dissipating light tan head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch and dark fruit. Flavor has a big hit of bourbon and smokey oak at the start followed up with vanilla, toffee and fig. Leaves a warming bourbon taste on the finish. The mouth feel on this beer is great, nice and smooth. Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Overall a fantastic beer, great balance of woody bourbon with the sweetness and very smooth.
tfredvik (1435) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very deep red to copper body, with a beige head that laces the glass well. Complex, sweet, fruity and very strong aroma of overripe generic and tropical fruits, dark dried fruits, bourbon, slightly roasted malt, sweet caramel and chocolate. Strong flavour of alcohol, overripe generic fruits, red berries, wood, vanilla, bourbon, burnt sugar and caramel. Tropical fruits and dark dried fruits in the back. Moderate sweet taste with a moderate bitter and long-lasting finish. Close to full body, but still feels a bit thinner than expected, also far too boozy and dry, all of which I assume is caused by the barrel ageing. But of course, a nice one.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge, Oslo]
Stoned99 (545) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml January 2014 Bottle from trade. Aroma: bourbon, sweet caramel, molasses, vanilla, woody. Quite earthy. App: brown as coca cola, small beige head, ok retention, nice lacing. Taste and palate: full body, really smooth, medium sweetness, dark red fruits in mouth, alcohol and light bitter finish. Overall: wow! Wasn’t expecting much from this one as I’m not a great fan of scotch ale. By its aroma, I expected something overly sweet but this is so well balance that we can easily accept the sweetness. Wow! Awesome! Scotch ale at its best.
cogitus (3) - - AUG 15, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Remarkable. Decided to chill a bottle from the ?cellar? (low 60s) waiting since Nov (9mo) and enjoyed this evening. (previous bottle from the same purchase ?fresh?, and draft last year, unrated)Aroma mostly malt and barrel, beautifully blended, draws you into the dark with . Appearance is perfect imho, deepest ruby red needing significant backlight to detect anything but darkness. Flavor is remarkable, imho (again) one of the best examples of a perfect blend of ale and bourbon barrel.Ten minutes after finishing and I?m wishing I?d chilled the rest of my supply - this is dangerous good... I might buy out supply when it resurfaces this fall...
Zakoon (287) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught on tap @ Søernes Ølbar. Pour deep ruby/mahogany with a small but fairly long lasting tan head. Aroma is caramel, wood, brown sugar, earthy, herbal, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is sweet and light bitter. Medium to full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long and woody with balanced bourbon dominating.
Dorkenstein (145) - - AUG 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel and scotch aroma, rye too. Taste is barrel aged scotch, rye malt, and caramel.
kbudd19 (899) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tim, thanks man! Bottle date on the neck says 09/26/2014. Appearance is maroon black with a nice layer of head that has good retention. Aroma is oak, pete, vanilla, and brown sugar. Tast is oak, smoke, bourbon, vanilla, velvet mouthfeel, with a caramel smokey finish. Great beer, love the smoke and the barrel treatment!
Sjohnh (485) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, with a head that is almost yellow while it lasts, which isn’t long. Nice and thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The barrels have added a very pronounced whisky nose, and it’s a good one, with wood, vanilla and a bit of smokiness. Dried fruit too, which carries into the taste, alongside lots of deep malt, syrup and some smoky spice. Finish is great - lingering pepper and tar. Best scotch ale I’ve had.
TheJestersBeer (2265) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany brown, with a thin beige head.
Spicy, complex, oaky aroma, vanilla, caramel, dried fruit, Bourbon, hops, light smoke, cinnamon, earth, apricot, leather.
Semi-sweet, full bodied, mid to high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Complex, matured, spicy taste, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, apricot, smoke, earth, tannins, hops.
Long, rich, balanced finish, with ever evolving flavours. Extremely well balanced, although maybe a tiny bit sweet. (2015-07-22)
Bule (1280) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 Vintage. 12oz bottle pours a brown color without much head. Malty and prominent bourbon flavors. A little harsh.
Florya (952) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
How : bottle Appearance : dark red with a small off-white head. Aroma : rye bread, syrup, caramel, dried fruits. Palate : medium to full body, soft carbonation.