NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GTMW 12. Pours a more tarnished golden than regular Juliet. Nose is distinctly Juliet underneath a healthy dose of oak. Vanilla is pretty prominent, creating an illusion of sweetness. On tasting, the oak is a bit oppressive, bringing in more astringency and that vanilla quality that is a bit much for the base beer. This is such a delicate beer to begin with, though interesting with the new finish on it. A bit warm and just not the same. Still, an okay beer.
drowland (4975) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8/11/12. GTMW. Rich amber pour with a small khaki head. Light bourbon and wood on the aroma with a nice vanilla creaminess and a solid jolt of tartness and berries. Lightly funky flavor with a light smooch of bourbon and oak with some more nice tart berry. For more information, see TheAlum below, but know that I really dug this stuff!
TheAlum (4283) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour on tap at GTMW 2012 (Madison, WI). Pours a richer deep brownish copper pour. Aromas are richer sour blackberry and lactic, yogurt, toffee, and gentle toast. Richer oak, vanilla, tannins, a kiss of spirit. Initial is a good sour blast. Sour blackberries and lactic, sour funk, vanilla, and oak. Bready malts, a kiss of rye. Middle is sour, funk, blackberry skin tannins. Oak. Some spirit, richer sdour blackberry. Sour, some rich lactic and funky elements splash around, as that Bourbon and oak element come on a bit more firmly into the finish. Good flavors, a bit more rounded than Juliet, but I certainly enjoy regular Juliet more as the Bourbon and extra oak time kinda covers up some ofthe intensity, stronger Blackberry element that make me love that beer. Nose has some of that spirity oak. Flavors are still good.