freekyp (1949) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This palate wrecker oozes of bourbon and dried fruit. Thick and viscous with a sweet profile barely tempered by hops. A fine dessert beer. Marachino cherries anyone?
HourGlass13 (626) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This may very well be the bomb. It has a whiskey taste right off the bat. Very fruity and complex. I would use this as a desert beer, or just sip it on a cold afternoon.
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour with small white head. Aroma has vanilla and bourbon notes with sweet dried fruits. Flavor is hard to describe, lots of vanilla, bourbon smokiness (from the barrels I would assume), with sweet dried cherries and possibly some nuttiness. The finish has a bit of that "bourbon booziness" but overall an excellent beer that actually tastes a bit like fruitcake with bourbon poured over it.
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one and I was pleasantly surprised. Clean soft golden amber pour with one finger of creamy off white head. Nose is super interesting and very hard to describe. Lots of ’candy-ish’ character with sharp vanilla/bourbon from the Makers Mark barrels. Definitely fruity, I’m guessing the figs but can’t say for sure. Flavor is also very interesting, wonderful blend of vanilla and sharp oak from the flavor with a moderate sweetness. A hint of coconut finds its way through. Medium body with a dry/oaky finish and warming alcohol.
cobaink2 (450) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer on opening was quite over carbonated. Tastes of green tea, mellow licorice and figs. A little burbon taste but not overwhelming. Not as bad as you would think.
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Iphonephan (6268) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Churchkey DC on innauguration night. Pours a deep res amber with an off white head. Aroma of vanilla and toffee. Flavors of figs and chestnuts. Quite nice.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Generous sample from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Pours bright chestnut (how appropriate) with a white head. Interesting to see the various and conflicting ratings. The beer I had was big on the bourbon, vanilla, candy, and earthy figs. A bit one-note in its sweet/bourbon focus, but pretty darn good overall.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage. 22 oz bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip. Thanks to ASUbeer for the bottle.
A: Pours a hazy amber color with a yellowish head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind some splotchy and soapy looking lace.
S: This is super fruity. The chestnuts are really upfront. The bourbon is there with a nice spirit sweetness and some oak barrel as well.
T: Very fruity, just like the nose. The chestnuts give this earthy, fruity twang to this. The bourbon is there with a touch of heat. Some fig notes with a sweet jam like fruitiness as well. Mild glue on the finish with a sweet malt base. Light roast.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and fruity finish.
O: This was an extremely interesting beer. The chestnuts gave this crazy fruity dimension that I haven’t really had in a beer before.
Serving type: bottle
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a nice amber color with strong bourbon hints. Smokey aroma and tastes fueled from the local chestnuts. A good seasonal beer from an up and coming brewery!
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rdixon77 (2359) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big boozy holiday beer. Dark amber pour. Nose of fig, sugar, toffee, vanilla, bread and lots of bourbon. Flavor pretty much follows with smooth oak, nuts, and cherry as well. A little much, but quite a beer.