ryanfolty (1456) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
May 11, 2013 - tap at GI 25th anniversary party. Brownish orange pour with big head and lacing. Aroma was bourbon, toffee and vanilla. Taste was bourbon forward with some toffee and vanilla. Medium body, carbonated and a dry alcohol finish.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub at the 25th Anniversary Party (Chicago, IL). Epic show. Pours a rich well hazed brownish pour, some orange burnt glow, good haze, frothy tannish head atop dies to a film, laces ok and cakes well. Aromas are bourbon, biscuits, and gentle oak. Vanilla, a bit of oxidzed malt. Some toast, biscuit, toffee, and faint cocoa. Initial is medium bodied, firmly barreled with bourbon, whiskey, vanilla and sweet caramel. Some toffee, toast, and biscuits. A bit of oxidation, with toast, bready malts and a bit more mellow middle. Toasty, vanilla, some coconut and oak. A bit toasty. Backend and finish show some heat, oxidation, toffee and caramel. Pretty nice, you can tell the age, still offers some fierce heat at times. An honor to try.
johnnnniee (1496) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice little surprise found its way on tap in front of me. Pours a clear dark brown with a thinnish off white head that quickly dissipated. Wow thatís got some bourbon going on in the nose! Hints of sweet caramel and a chocolate try to round out the aroma but this is quite the bourbon bomb. Flavor is what you expect brown sugar and caramel malts layer underneath a mountain of oak and sweet bourbon. Long lingering alcohol burn long after every sip. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet and hot kind of mouthfeel. This is definitely a d sipper, but I could see myself enjoying this on a cold winter night.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
old notes..draft at hopcat, grand rapids mich. brown pour with beige head. huge bourbon and oak, vanilla, caramel sweetness and alcohol dominate this beer. bourbon aging seems a bit over the top. subtlety would help this tasty beer in a huge way
dm9831 (1515) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown color, miniscule off white head, somewhat lacy. nose was bourbony, sweet malt, caramel, and vanilla. flavor has bourbon and vanilla mixed with traces of sweet malt, caramel. medium bodied, alcoholic finish, a fairly enjoyable barfrel brew, well worth trying. sampled at FoBAB í09.
wedgie9 (1590) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Tasted on draft at Watershed. Pours clear brown with a dark amber tint and an average off-white head that leaves solid lace. The nose is bourbon with the oaky aromas of vanilla and coconut. The flavor is somewhat sweet with molasses, vanilla, coconut, and oak. The body is medium but sticky with average carbonation and a long bourbon and vanilla finish.
otakuden (1616) - Vero Beach, Alabama, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve always had a penchant for earthen colors, and growing up in an old wood farmhouse I am sure aided in this appreciation for the deep beauty and quality of all types of wood. What I have before me in my nonic taster glass is some of the prettiest polished woods I have seen brought to me by lifeís liquid sustenance, beer. A small patch of lace hangs above her burnished brown depths sporting a soft haze while little ringlets of lace seem to mark the passing of her years. I donít need any help to take in all the bourbon and brown ale delights her nose is so expertly delivering. Bourbon, vanillin, wood, brown sugars, toffee, cinnamon sticks, red apples, and a final kick of vanilla extract. Take all of those, add bourbon and wood, and just let it sit, stew, mingle, and meld into a menagerie of sensual supping delights. A full body perfectly supports her tasting delights as they glide over my tongue and caress the inside of my mouth. Apples dipped in molasses and brown sugar tease while bourbon warmth exudes wood tannins and cinnamon sprinkles. As I wrap all my senses around her full breadth, dry spices and wood offer cleanse while maple, toffee, cinnamon and spice plant long sensual kisses on my lips. Intense, and I love it. Teetering on the brink of cloying, there is just enough dryness in her finish to refresh and prep me for the next quaff while her lingering bourbon, spice, and wood are fuzzy memories to cherish always.
You donít have to be a bourbon or beer enthusiast to love the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Goose from Goose Island, you just should. If you donít, well, there is something wrong with you.
anders37 (12685) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Goose Island Clybourn, Chicago, IL. Pours a clear brown amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweet malty caramel aroma with hints of vanilla and bourbon also hints of dark fruit and molasses. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor with hints of wood and vanilla. Has a sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit finish with hints of vanilla and bourbon.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 10, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Well, there are nut browns and then thereís this beer. Aroma deep of sweet roast nuts, brown sugar and some alcohol. Taste mirrored the nose, alcohol obvious but in balance. A very rare beer, worth the price too. Loved the maple sugar flavor that was off set by the booze.
alexsdad06 (3040) - Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from a growler @ The Party Source 10/29/09. Pours a clear amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma has sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon with hints of cherry. The flavor is bourbon infused sweet caramel, vanilla almost creme brulee like, again with hints of cherry. This was medium bodied and silky smooth like it came from a cask. Too bad this is not more readily available.