jkwood04 (2283) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the 2012 American Craft Beer Festival. Pours brown. Hoppy for the style, and a lot of caramel malts. Average texture. A good beer.
phaleslu (4430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Mislabeled rating from 9/25/09) Poured into a small glass as part of Goose Island beer and cheese tasting at Tellerís in Cincinnati. The Goose Island rep brought bottles and said the ABV was actually lower than 8%, so this isnít the íBourboní Imperial Brown Goose. Anyway, this one pours a hazy dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, sweet toasted malts, earth, brown sugar, and caramel. However, none of this is too overpowering. The flavor follows the same profile, and once again strikes just the right balance. Medium bodied, smooth, sweet, with mild carbonation. The relatively low ABV is surprising.
JoeMcPhee (7620) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown pour with a thick tan head. The nose has a nice soft spiciness. A little bit of noble character and some interesting light cocoa notes. A mix of toffee and milk chocolate that works quite well with the sort of piny spiciness of the hops. There is a little bit of lightly spicy astringency that starts to come up, but it still works quite well. As it warms up there is a touch of lightly sweet plumminess and a touch of soft earthiness as well. Pretty solid beer. It drinks like a slightly amped up HonkersÖ it has the sort of spicy/malty balance that I enjoy in that beer so much.
ben4321 (2984) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: Tap at RnH, 4/17/10
Aroma: The nose is has some fruity notes, booze, and yeast
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown color with a brown head
Flavor: Taste has a sort of Belgian yeast feel, some fruity sweetness, malts, and booze
Palate: The mouthfeel is a bit boozy, yeasty, somewhat Belgian, and with a medium body
I liked this stuff, it felt sort of like a Belgian beer more then a brown ale. The flavor is pretty good. It is on the complex side for sure. Pretty good stuff.
Leighton (6929) - London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pretty decent, although I think this keg may have been a little old. Poured a dark, cloudy brown. Almost no head. Aroma of mild sourness and brown sugar. Some tartness up front, then sweetness, with big molasses flavors, nutmeg, vanilla, graham cracker and gingerbread. Medium bodied, alcohol isnít too perceptible. Finish is somewhat sweet. Overall, I would want less - or no - sourness and more maltiness. But again, could have been the keg.
jake65 (2316) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Acadia Cafe: A glistening golden brown with a modest tan head. Wispy lacing. Nose is heavily bourbon and barrel notes, light roast and faint caramel. The taste is bourbon oriented with a light woody note, roast, caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla. What starts off a little one-dimensional, ala bourbon bomb, the flavors emerge as the glass warms. I donít think it was served too cold, it just was best near room temp.
madvike (2077) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, WI - Dark brown pour, cloudy with a small bubbly brown head. Smells of mild, sweet vanilla, light hazelnut, rich toffee, and lots of sweet notes integrated perfectly with smooth malt and just a touch of booze. Wow. Tastes sweet with lots of caramel, nice vanilla and bourbon notes, and a touch of cherry.The bourbon is sweet, subtle, and not distracting--this is what barrel aging should do to a beer. Absolutely fabulous.
troyc (2014) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] Pours a opaque dark brown color with a thin tan head. Heavy and sweet aroma of bourbon, vanilla and hazelnut. Molasses and butterscotch backbone in the taste. Some roasted coffee and cocoa round it out. An earthy and woody finish. A good amount of noticeable alcohol keeps this beer from getting cloying. This stuff was pretty darn good!
thornecb (3640) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Pours deep brown into a wine glass. Head quickly recedes to hug rim. Pit fruit aromas. Strong sweet bourbon upfront Crisp with lasting bourbon-soaked raisins and plums.
JaBier (3729) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Moonshine. Clear brown pour with a medium beige head. Malty and caramelly aroma with some roast. Flavor is about the same. Not outstanding and not quite as good as the bourbon version, but pretty decent for a brown ale.