awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Transparent, golden honey colored pour with shades of ripened peach flesh and blood orange skins, topped with a thin layer of creamy caramel head. Big, fruity aroma of fresh strawberries and drizzled caramel sauce over the top of some fresh vanilla ice cream. Some pecan pralines and chewy raisins add further complexity. Tantalizing. A hint of alcohol is the only detractant in the bouquet, mild mannered, but noticeable in that its a sharp contrast to the soft nature of the other aromatics. Full bodied, but filled with a light carbonation that really makes this one melt across the palate like a tingly dessert foam. A little bit of black cherry, complete with pit tannins, and some caramelized, peaty suggestions of a single malt scotch. Some broken leather and brandy touches as well. A bit dryer in flavor, the oakiness from the barrel comes across more strongly in the mouth than in the nose, lingering especially strong in the finish. Warming, bourbony finish. I get the feeling that if this was aged properly, some fruity oxidation notes would really help open this one up a bit, as the fruity character in the nose is quite marvelous; the dryness and heat on the palate is a bit of a let down after such a pleasant olfactory introduction. A nice treat, and certainly offers enough complexity to ponder. Thanks, Tom!
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a hazy with fine particulate dark brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish. The weird yucky flavor wasa way off the mark for me with notes of weird maltiness. A horrible one that I would not buy again. So against the grain it looks like a rerate is in store for this one.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Murky brown, thin spritzy light beige head, sparce lacing.   Oaken nose, Bourbon, slight vanilla.   Sweet Bourbony
start, alcohol is slightly noticeable.   Soft tart dark pitted fruit, black cherries, candied walnuts, all make for a pretty damn fine
treat.   Fairly smooth, yet not overly rich.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Not sure what to make of the underlying
beer as the Oak/Bourbon dominate.   Remains fairly malty and warming.   Soft alcoholic Bourbon kick at the finish.   This would
have been better suited for a Porter or Stout, but its still fairly tasty as is.   Thanks Matt for this one!
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cognac scent. Rose, muddish hints. Earthy. Similar in taste. Evaporates very quickly off the tongue. Exquisite though not appreciated fully by me since this is not my favorite style.
jstraw (1937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Cloudy amber with light head / Big, sweet, winey nose of coconut, caramel, and bourbon / Full body, thick and moderately syrupy, with superb balance and finish / Flavors of coconut, bourbon, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, and oak / One hell of a brew - almost flawless.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle just a little over a year old. i believe that this is from the 2006 bottling. i have been trying to drink this for last two months but something always comes up.....but not tonight. pours thick clear dark copper almost brown with a nice tan head that disappears into a thin film. aroma warm vanilla brown sugar caramel oak bourbon......with something slightly musty about it....or maybe dusty....the aroma has something of an old....aged feel that I believe for some reason would be there without the age. very nice. flavor sweet caramel vanilla with a light spicy black pepper bite. very nice finish. sweet caramel vanilla spicy warm black pepper alcohol light raison notes that all melds together to create a warm lasting impression on the palate. full thick mouth feel. very nice smooth high gravity beer. very nice bourbon presence.
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade. Tasted this right after Lagunitas Brown Shugga. Tthought this old ale was much more roasty and complex than the BS. Rich roasty malt lasts througjhout. Pretty darn good.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep reddish brown with a modest tan head. Sweet aroma with notes of oak, vanilla, fruit and bourbon. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Nice dark chocolate and hops assert themselves towards the end. Delicious.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
not too bad, and not too strong. it wont be a repeat for me but thats not to say it isnt a quality beer. pretty sure we got the 2006 bourbon barrel aged version, it had a whiskey aroma and slight taste of it too.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Not a bad brew. Smell and taste are like whiskey/bourbon/wine? Way to over the top on the bourbon flavor. It over rides any real beer characteristics. Maybe I need another one and need to let it sit a while...