IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think somebody put rum in mine. The mix of vanilla and bourbon barrel woodiness gives this a very rum like scent and flavor. My 4oz sample was more than enough, but it was interesting.
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with medium white head. Leaves some lacing. Light roasted malty aroma. Flavor is rather sweet at first with the molasses evident and a hint of oak. The finish is slightly biter. Very smooth and easy drinking for a strong beer. Light carbonation gives it a nice mouth feel but not too heavy.
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells strongly of bourbon. Brown with a lacy head. Wow is this thing smooth and malty. Sweet and smooth. The aroma of alcohol is stronger than the taste of it, which could be dangerous.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep cherry red, hazy, with good head but minimal lacing. Aroma of whiskey. This ale has a wonderul bourbon whiskey flavor, as much as you could possibly want, yet without coming across as a "whiskey wannabe" -- itís an ale all the way. Additional notes of coconut, brown sugar, oak, some cherry. Nice alcohol warmth. Iím a variety lover, yet this is one of the few beers I feel like I could enjoy every day.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boozy, sweet carmel toffee, some oak whisky and maybe a bit of butterscotch diactyl? Not sure itís a bad thing in this instance, but threw me. Not sure what to make of this beer, but itís most similar to a barleywine. Thatís all I can think of to compare it. Not much head, very little body, but a sticky feel on the tongue. Interesting, but might not buy again. Iíd like to rate it higher, Iím just thrown by this. Very unique, and good in its own right. My impression of it I think is higher than my rating.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think itís an 05í bottle, but Iíve been lazy about labeling bottles before they go into the cellar, so I donít know for sure.
A very pretty beer, add a tiny bit of cloudiness and a bit more dynamic of color (I like when itís red in the middle, yellow at the edges) and maybe a bit better head retention and this would look perfect.
The aroma is a bit weak in the glass, but powerful while drinking, and itís that of liquor. Whiskey, somewhere between bourbon and Irish whiskey to my limited understanding, but I like it. It makes me suspect this is an early 06 bottle that was barrel aged. And itís quite enjoyable a result with the delicious caramel, vanilla, barrely flavours over a nice thick ale maltiness. Prettymuch no hop profile. Substantial body without any syrupiness. A bit of alcohol on the finish is appropriate for the experience.
RB1 (116) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle shared by Dave S. Pour is amber/orange, with very little initial head, rapidly becoming no head. Aroma is caramel. malty, sweet, some toffee. Much like a typical barley wine. Taste is smooth, full bodied, malty, with toffee and a bit boozy. Finish is well balanced, sweet, with some heat.
niday2288 (115) - - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spout is orangish copper with a thin off white head. Nose is caramel malt, molasses, and sweet cane sugar. Taste is nice and extremely malty with notes of sugar, brown sugar and toffee with a little booziness due to the 9.8% abv. Mouthfeel is medium with no discernible aftertaste. Very nice beer for sipping on a cold day.
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rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Bottle pours golden amber with a small white head. Aroma is intense with bourbon and sweet malt notes. Flavor is sweet malts initially with a bourbon, alcohol, and bitter finish. Medium bodied and very smooth. Enjoy in moderation is right.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle purchased sep. 2006. poured nice and thick,deep amber, hazy, forming avery nice cream colored head. Great lacing. Aroma of mixed fruit. mild baked apples, bourboun and apple. Malty and subtle sweetness lends way to a huge blast of bourboun charred oak and caramelly sweet malty goodness followed with a warming smooth alchohol. Awesome beer...