TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #850...Thanks to hopdog for the trade, 2006 bottle. Pours a hazy brownish amber with small floaties and a smaller light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, light alcohol and wood. Flavor is a huge mix of dark fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light hop bitterness, toasty malts, even some gin. Alcohol rather well hidden overall.
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark hazed brown with orange hues and some nice particulates. inviting doughy strawberry & blackberry nose with some mutter and booze and wood. alcohol is here alright. a lot of plum like dark fruit. whiskey taste. very dry finish
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Ted at CRBC for sharing. Pours a deep opaque brown with a light tan head that lasts and seeds beautiful lacing. The aroma is oaky malts, alcohol, ripe fruit, and a hint of brett sourness. The body is med-heavy with very light CO2. The flavors show off some bourbon character but are really malt accentuated. Lots of ripe apple with a turkish delight character that makes the beer unique and slight sourness that balances the sweet malt. The finish is sweet, warm, and lasting. Beautiful beer.
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of caramelly malts, plums, and a little vanilla; hazy dark amber color with very little head; Rich malty flavor with some dark friutiness, and some oak woodiness, almost tastes like an oak-aged barleywine.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep garnet with a thin oily head. Nose is alcoholic with woddy notes including vanillin and coconut. Flavour is slightly roast, both from malts and the wood, with a sweet vanillin, chocolate. Strong bitterness exists, but is detected not perceived. Some raisin notes appear with warmth.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep rich caramel color with no head. Aroma and flavor is very caramelly and malty. I would assume this is the ’06 bottling due to the very pronounced coconut and vanilla aroma and flavor. Definitely a must for bourbon fans.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a solid mahogany color with no head. Carbonation was almost nonexistent. Many flavors emerge- oak, bourbon, brown sugar, fig, maybe a hint of banana. Alcohol makes itself known in the finish, in a nice warming way. My first old ale, but this made a good first impression.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, dark mahogany body with a small dainty head around the sides of the glass. The aroma is pleasantly fruity, but very mild, and light. The flavor is interestingly complex: woody, and of course, full of bourbon, enough so where there is a distinct alcohol astringency in the beer, although this may just be due to its high alcohol content in general. Sweet, rich and chewy mouthfeel. Not the best old ale, but I will look for this again.
notalush (4635) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 bottled acquired in trade from TAR (thanks, Jeff!) - dark burgundy color, with foamy, lasting white lace - the nose is dominated by bourbon and wood, with some background old ale qualities of fig, brown sugar, roasted nuts and chocolate that struggle to make their presence known - vanilla and oak appear first in the flavor, followed by a very strong bourbon presence that, like in the aroma, kind of mutes the other flavors a bit too much - some caramel malt and mild spiciness try to get some space on the taste buds, but big bad bourbon’s fat, boozy ass takes up the whole damn dance floor - I like bourbon, so I still enjoyed the experience of drinking this somewhat, but it really needs more balance and something to subdue the cloying sweetness - I never thought I’d say this, but can brewers please stop aging their beers in bourbon barrels?
Metalhead (623) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a murky brown topped by a film but no head. Aroma was of watered down bourbon with some sweetness and dark fruits. First taste was WTF is this. Tastes like a mid quality strong ale with a shot of scotch tossed in. I loathe scotch and that killed it right there. It faded as it warmed. I’ll have to try one at room temp and see if it still sucks.