RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Pours a dusty burnt orange, with about a finger of head, and little carbonation to be seen. The sediments floating remain frozen in place once the pour settles. The smell starts off of sweet bourbon whiskey, and very sugary malts. There are also notes of raisin, fig and even vanilla cupcake. The taste starts off with the sweet malt, which segues into a light, but fairly defined, scotch taste. I also pick up stronger hints of vanilla and butterscotch toward the end. The taste finishes with lingering spice and scotch. Palate is very smooth, and warm. Despite this having a 10% ABV., this was not as boozy as one would expect.
AirForceHops (4802) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer for this. Somehow I haven’t rated this?? Wow, 2014 vintage, bottled 9/26/2014. Deep ruby color almost no head. Aroma is nice, mild bourbon over dark fruits (layers of plum, figs and raisins)
If you open this fresh I feel like the bourbon will help balance this. Right now this is crazy sweet. Almost to the point of cloying but not quite. I guess I needed to have a fresh sample and then a year old vintage. Right this second the dark fruit over powers the bourbon and gives this a "barley wine " like flavor. But don’t get me wrong... This is still wonderful. Bourbon and sweetness provides a ton of flavor. Another big plus in this brew is the alcohol is totally hidden. No hype here straight old school rate.
JimmyBoy74 (443) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
35 cl Bishop Sthlm. Sjukt god Stout med massor av smaker. En hel lördagsgodispåse! Grymt!
gegwilson (2242) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Dram Shop. Pours deep ruby with a fairly thin beige head. Nice smoky caramel aroma. A little pear drop too. The taste starts spicy before caramel, light smoke, wood and bourbon. Quite evident alcohol giving a warming glow. The alcohol lingers a little too much in the finish for me. Otherwise excellent.
likeatrainwreck (209) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deepest ruby with a short tan head. Big peaty, whisky aromas. It’s pretty sweet, but somehow avoids being cloying and is remarkably drinkable. Sweet malts and dried fruit, oak, toffee, bourbon. Slightly boozy and really warming. Absolutely delicious.
weordie (412) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is a strong peat smell. The taste is very peaty too, it’s like a proper Island whisky. Very nice.
PotjeBier (2076) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from De Bierkoning. Clear dark brown color with a red hue. Light beige head, not too much, with a thin layer retention. Aroma’s: sweet, toffee, treacle, bourbon, vanilla, hints of red fruit. Retronasal also sweetness, toffee, some alcohol, some hops, bourbon. Flavor is moderate to full sweet, toffee, bourbon. Alcohol feel is strong, warming mouth & throat. Fairly full bodied. Toffee and light bitterness in the finish.
madelfonatree (174) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle dated 9/26/2014 enjoyed September 4, 2015 at World of Beer Front Street Columbus Ohio in a pint glass.
Look -Murky clay with thin white head. Fine bubbles. Blotchy lacing.
Smell - Bourbon. 90s Kroger tobacco aisle. Little fruit.
Taste - Bourbon. Raisin. Very plain and straight forward but good.
Feel - Smooth. No bomb. 50 IBU? Couldn’t tell.
Overall - 2014 Josh couldn’t choke this down but 2015 Josh is begging for more.
tfredvik (1463) - 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 (627) - 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...