b33r (689) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown color with zero head and minimal oily lacing. Aroma was sweet with bourbon and vanilla. Flavor was all smoky bourbon and light malts. Pretty good overall
tandembrauer (349) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at "Mandag i annen", Cardinal. Pours dark copper with small head. Aroma of raisins, coconut, smoke, alcohol. Taste of banana, coconut, alcohol; sweet and slightly bitter. Complex beer!
Holmen2 (1287) - NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 26.01.15. Nutty brown. Beige head. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Similar taste, with evident oak. Well balanced.
Sigmund (5342) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle, vintage 2014, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.2%, 50 IBU. Deep ruby colour, large to moderate off-white to beige head. Aroma of Scotch whisky and bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, grain and dust. Medium sweet flavour with the same elements as the aroma, also a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. Warming mouthfeel. Not bad at all.
ERB92 (417) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel, nuts, dried fruits, wood and vanilla in the aroma. copper with a tan head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Medium to full body with a soft carbonation. Overall a really nice Scotch ale, lots of malt sweetness, pleasant vanilla notes and some warming alcohol in the back.
harrisoni (14223) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Bottle Shop. Clear deep ruby lasting tan head. bourbon vanilla aroma. Fruity malt. Then more of the same in mouth. Sweetish. More vanilla on finish. Not overly woody. Itís kinda I like it. The alcohol helps but nice.
miyauchi38 (403) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
cheap (4271) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2015
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Ha ha, so the higher the alky the higher % at rate beer? I think not. Big and black. Alarmong sweet volatile aroma. Sweet coying sweet, sweet is the answer. Yes. This is a sweet bastard fer sure. Age me you barleywine MFer. Go hug a root.
commonmac (447) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Acadia with commomshawn. Served up in a tulip glass. Dark brown with plenty of effervescence. Full finger of head with impressive lacing. Powerful aroma pushing a bourbon agenda on the drinker. Almost a Belgian quad smell. Taste has a lot going on. Dark fruit like plum or raisin. Chocolate and espresso notes. Alcohol burn and slightly peat like characteristics intermingled as well. Very rich. Reminds me of beers Iíve sampled at beer festivals that have ultimately resulted in my demise. Really good bite at the end with a chocolate residue. Enjoying this beer a lot...probably too much. What a bastard.
HuskerTan (595) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A- Bourbon, scotch, dark cherries, vanilla, malty, oak, caramel, strong.
A- Dark mahogany color, clear liquid, tan head.
T- Bourbon, cherries, vanilla, oak, caramel, subtle alcohol burn.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish.
O- What a damn fine beer this is. As soon as I popped the cap and started to pour I could smell the strong bourbon aroma from a couple feet away. The head sadly faded fairly quite and took the complex and amazing aroma with it but as I took first sip, it was heaven sent. Rich, complex, and tantalizing the taste buds this beer was spot on. Really nothing to complain about. At all.
Hanoi (473) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose is vanilla, glacier cherry, pronounced bourbon, cola, caramel - huge nose. Taste is powerful bourbon, vanilla, leading to malt, more whiskey, then caramel, cherry, and then some emerging oak in the finish. Mouthfeel is fine.
Itís a beer that delivers on itís bourbon promise, but I felt at the expense of the base beer which is swamped rather than complimented.