lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Huge scent and initial taste right off the bad. Alcohol up front but not offensive or undrinkable at all. Almost a carmal-y texture, with brown sugar taste. Couldn’t drink a 4 pack, but good once in a while.
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a small foamy head with small rings of lacing. Aroma is super sweet, almost disgustingly so with some notes of alcohol. Taste is a huge mess between some intense sweetness, oily texture with some cloying notes of alcohol. I couldn’t find anything close to old ale but more of an American barleywine with some unbalance feature. I usually love product from this brewery but this beer did not profit from barrel-aging.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice dark brown color. Looked thick in the glass. Smelled strong and intimidating. Taste really smacked me in the mouth. Big malts and sharp pine notes. Dark fruit with hints of wood and bourbon. All I could think while drinking this is that it would be nice in about a year. Really good stuff. Potent and sharp.
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle, thanks Brewfiend] Pours cloudy amber with no head. Aroma is very strong of bourbon. Taste is once again a lot of bourbon with some malt and something else that I can’t place. Medium mouthfeel. Long finish. The bourbon was pretty dominant--maybe could stand to cut back on it a bit, but it still was pretty good.
milewide (1511) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Bourbon aroma and taste, along with malt sweetness and carmel. Thankfully, not too sweet! No alcohol taste. Clear, brown color.
SMARTESTMONKEY (1) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2007 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy mahogany with little to no head. The aroma is that of dark fruit, raisins, and also of bourbon or strong alcohol. The taste reminds me of rum and raisins with some citrus. The alcohol is up front and ever present in this beer. This beer is smooth and subtle and lingers on the palate.
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Nearly undrinkable. The aroma is all bourbon. Flavor has a hint of sweet malt but again bourbon dominates, and even chocking down a few sips is hard. Some brown sugar in there. I suspect this was a good beer before they chose to ruin it with the barrels.
rb (15) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
orage-brown colour, fruity scent, somewhat strong, off-white head, very decent alcohol volume
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet spicy malt nose on the brown beer. Faint white head. Sweet port like body. Dark fruits and a little grapefruit finish. Lots of bourbon.
kseecs16 (1202) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a cloudy orange-brown, a bit dingy looking with a little head. Smell of citrusy fruit, nice and crisp. Sweet, malty with a distincty astringency of grapefruit and alcohol. Feels a bit too carbonated with a medium body.