bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: It’s been a while since I was this geeked out about trying a specific beer...pours a slightly hazy orange-brown color with little-to-no-head. The first thing that comes to mind on the nose is Brach’s butterscotch disc candy, it’s complimented by some oak, vanilla, brown sugar with just a hint of actual bourbon coming through. Palate is slick and oily, full bodied...flavors start out with the aforementioned butterscotch candy notes and melds in to a bourbon-vanilla-oaky mouthfuck of a brew. The finish is surprisingly dry with just enough of an alcohol burn to remind you of the strength on this. This truly is a unique brew unlike anything that I personally have ever had. Kudos to the Founders crew for producing this wonderful concoction.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle at Shallo’s. Pours orangish with thin white head. Nose and taste are very high in alcohol throughout. Lost of bourbon, oak and wood as well as sweet maple. A very pleasant flavor, but a little too hot at this point...needs to settle down some and I think it will be something very special.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 orangish pour with a thin head.
aroma is woody bourbon, sweet fruity dried apricot.
lots of boozy bourbon and vanilla in the flavour. some buttery caramel maltiness, hints of wheat.
Complex flavour that I’m not quite getting to come through the bourbon mask. Looking forward to seeing what comes out as it warms.
Ended up a bit too boozy for my taste over the course of the bottle.
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very cloudy dark orangish-red, there is no head. Aroma is dominated by bourbon, but you also get some wood, maple syrup, and brown sugar on the nose. Taste is of maple syrup, bourbon, carmel, brown sugar, and small hints of wheat. Very complex beer and quite an interesting exercise for the taste buds. Glad that I was able to get my hands on a bottle of this one!
JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Amber pour with a cream colored head. Carmel, cotton candy, and bourbon nose. Flavors are maple syrup, caramel, banana, alcohol, and citrus hops. Rich and creamy mouth feel with a warm bourbon finish.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 bottle on 1/8/12. pours a deep orange with a small white head. sweet nose with sugars, bourbon, oak and vanilla. full body with syrup, bourbon, oak, vanilla, deep fruits and caramel. smooth and thick throughout. warm finish with lots of alcohol, oak, bourbon and sweet malts. this can stand to sit in the cellar for a few more years. great beer with more potential.
bottle poured into a snifter... orange pour with a small white head... this is
a Bourbon bomb! almost like drinking straight Bourbon... love it! some may say it’s over the top with Bourbon, but I think the Bourbon barrel influence is spectacular. lots of vanilla, oak, Bourbon and overall sweetness on the nose... medium creamy body filled with sweet malts coated in Bourbon flows across the mouth... more vanilla notes circulate along with an underlying bitterness to cut it a bit... big strong finish that makes the 12% known... more Bourbon and a bite of alcohol. If you like Bourbon, you’re going to love this beer - a true sipper worthy of the price tag and hype.
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, wood, alcohol, and some mild citrus hops. It pours a transparent amber with a small soapy off-white head that quickly becomes a thin film. The flavor starts with caramel and vanilla. The finish has notes of maple syrup, faint bourbon, and very mild citrus hops...very tasty. While the 12% shows in the nose, it’s very well hidden in the flavor. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. clear light orange under a medium sized white head. big maple syrup, caramel and bourbon aroma that has a candy sweetness. the flavor is quite sweet but as sweet as the aroma would suggest. the bourbon barrel is smooth and mellow without the harsh, leached, bourbon heat from the wood. lots of sweet buttery caramel in aftertaste along with a bit of tang that adds some unique character. palate is pretty sticky. abv is hidden. i would have to say this was well worth the expensive price tag.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a burnt orange with a white head. Aroma is a sweet maple hint followed with alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth with a sweet bitter to start thats works into a sweet maple note that finishes with a lingering oak bitter that works well with the alcohol. Flavor is balanced and complex but not overwhelming. Nice stuff.
badgerben (4888) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper color with no head. Aroma of brown sugar, light apple and oak, and a bit of butter. Big, rich, wheat and malt flavor. Light apple fruitiness, a little corn that seems to be from the bourbon. Very sweet. After warming, maple, caramel and butter all stand out. Really enjoyed this.