TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unfiltered ruby-orange in color. Broken layer of foam settles into a tightly woven collar of dirty-white cream. Immensely aromatic notes of fresh-cut oak, perfumey tannins, raisins, rhubarb, and vanilla-infused caramel. Soft, densely packed bubbles grace the tongue. An unappealing arrangement of rhubarb and bourbon greets the palate. Bourbon is noticeably soft and composed, and also possesses a fair amount of cleanliness, but the tannins immediately weaken the bodyís strength. An assortment of fruity esters lurks beneath the richness and lends a complementary slickness to the pungent oak. Tannins reinforce the medicinal astringency, but it stops just shy of becoming overbearing as itís quickly muffled by the bodyís plush softness. Hop impact remains minimal up until a hint of bitter grapefruit rind skims the tongue. Alcohol heightens as the flavors evolve, as do a body-reinforcing caramelized sugar and tannic tug. The pungency of the oak negates much of the soothingly soft malts, but a softened oak-derived vanillin sweetness is there to compensate. Flavors lose intensity at the finish, due to the heightening tannic acidity which leaves a trail of candy apples and medicine in its wake. The aroma has plenty of power, but not much allure, and the wood is too raw/fresh tasting and tannic. Had they chosen a barrel with a deeper level of toast, this might have been blissful. I must say, however, that the magic of bottle conditioning is to credit for the wonderful carbonic texture. Not too shabby.
barleyPops (1137) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Corkscrew in Urbana, courtesy of illini08, thanks Jeremy. pours a dark copper color with some reddish notes and a fast fading head. aroma and flavor is caramel malt, some spice and vanilla. a little bit astringent up front, probably from the alcohol, but overall very enjoyable. another winner from Founders.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with some red hues peeking through. Off white diminishing. head At first the aroma was very faint, but became more pronounced as it warmed, which was of sugary caramel and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a suprisingly medium light.. Initial flavor of caramelized sugar, vanilla, and oak quickly transitions to a pronounced boozy, warming, and astringent finisih. Hops really take a back seat in the finish. What was really weird about this that is goes down the throat so smoothly, like velvet. No stickiness. Not bad, but I did find the flavors and transitions fighting each other. This one maybe a little young for my tastes. Iíll put one back and see how it ages.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle: A cloudy brown pour with a slight head that dissipates. A lush aroma of sweet malt, cream, coconut, bourbon and slight alcohol. The flavor is mellow sweetness with the bourbon aging blending and melding very nicely. Itís not obtrusive at all. In fact, it gives a nice complimentary sweet and creamy coconut like flavor. A slick creamy mouth feel and full body make this very drinkable despite the 9.3 ABV. This is an excellent beer. I think I"ll grab another.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Styles, Thanks Chris. I had a hard time trying to put descriptors to this. The nose did have some oak and woodiness but also had some thing like
a moldy piece of fruit that you found in your lunch box on a monday morning. The taste was just as hard to describe but I really liked it. The BA-ing was pretty subtle to me. I wish I had a lot more of this.
vyvvy (3419) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was better than most bourbon barrel aged beers Iíve had, but please, Iím begging for this fad to slow down. Pours very dark copper with beige head that dwindles fairly quickly. Aroma is bourbon - traces of the malt as in there, but they are hidden by the dominant bourbon. Medium to full bodied beer with light carbonation. LOTS of bourbon on teh taste. There is some malt, but hard to make out characteristics of it. After a while the bourbon falls out a little bit and the malt comes out more with a very musty caramel taste. I wish I wouls have had this beer before the bourbon barrel aged version. If I want bourbon, Iíll buy a damn bottle - please stop doing this to the beers. At the very least state it is barrel aged on the bottle or 4 pack holder.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle 2006... Mostly clear, burnt orange ale with a small , creamy, khaki head. Malty, woodsy nose with lots of bourbon. Boozy, bitter flavor. Malt sweetness followed by hop and alcohol bitterness. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. Finishes grassy and woodsy. Thanks go out to growler for sharing the bottle.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from Steve (punkrkr27) Thanks!! 2006 bottle. Pours out light red / dark orange. Not much of a head. Smells sweet, strong flavors of bourbon, and fruity. Taste is overwhelming of whiskey at first, then it slowly subsides. After the initial disgust of bourbon (i cant drink it much after college) the well roundedness and easy drinking ability of this one shows. Towards the end I was really enjoying the beer and was sad to see it finish. Awesome beer.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured a deep burgundy with very little going on in terms of head. Nose was of sweet Kentucky bourbon upfront followed by a sufficiently ample plum, toffee, cherry, and deep caramel presence behind it. Fuller mouthfeel with a whole bunch of malts (scorched earth, toasty caramel, and candied plums) and rich, well-placed bourbon overtones. Finish found vanilla and oaky notes to go with the aforementioned goodness. This was really good stuff!
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Caramel head, deep ruby red body. For them talking up the maltiness, I tasted a good blast of bitter hops, perhaps drawn out by the alcohol. Bourbon character messed up with the strange, sweet yet weak malt. My 4-pack was dominated by alcohol. After one of these my friend asked if I was drinking whiskey from my ceramic mug. He could smell the booze on my breath from 3 feet away. 4 pack = $13!!