ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2011 release, via trade. pours a very hazy, apple-cider-esque orange, capped by a razor thin, beige head. aroma is wonderful with heavy oak, vanilla, fruit esters, apple skins, and cake batter initially that transitions to rich bourbon, toasted almonds, coconut, and wertherís candies as it warms. flavor is fantastic as well with a beautiful blend of fruit esters, herbal hops, sweet caramel, and rye spices with wet oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and raisin bread with subtle hints of coconut, apple cider, and spice cake on the back end. palate is smooth and full bodied with minimal carbonation but it certainly does not take away from the beer at all. finishes with light fruit, wood, and subtle bourbon warmth. overall, another great barrel aged beer from HOTD.
ryanfolty (2270) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
February 7, 2016 - bottle from the source back in 2013. Aroma was bourbon, fruity, caramel, malt and light spice. Taste was sweet, boozy and spicy. Palate was smooth, no carb and medium bodied.
solidfunk (6479) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For once I prefer the bourbon version to the regular. Citrus and lots of peel. Some oak. Pours hazy brown with ok head. Sweet and syrupy. Sweet finish with light tang. Bootie shared at tasting.
andrewje41 (2035) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 Oz bottle poured at Brouwers to celebrate absolutely nothing. Well, celebrate good beer and good times. Done with work for the year, and this is a grand way to start. 2011 vintage. Clear reddish brown in color with no head. This even looks like bourbon. Big booze, bourbon, cinnamon, and caramel aroma. Thick syrupy body. Hints of maple. Big caramel, cinnamon, and just a tiny bit of chocolate in the finish. A bit of oak. Very smooth. Delicious. I canít compare to anything, since this is my first experience with this beer. However, I can tell that the years have done kindly to this. Very fun try, and an excellent beer.
BiiruBierBeer (811) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbon and malt smell. Taste is the same with a bit of mineral. Medium body, medium carbonation, and mild foam.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brouwers. A bit pricey at $35 but hey, I donít get to the left coast much. Pours clear copper colored without much head. Aroma is sweet honey and bourbon, not a lot else. Flavor follows with honeycomb and bourbon, a bit on the sweet side. Syrupy mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Overall a nice beer and glad to try it, but should have gotten this when I didnít already drink 32 ounces of barrel aged stouts and strong ales before it. Whoops.
zoucrew102 (1088) - - SEP 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Hair of the Dog, portland. Sweet Candi sugar and caramel aroma with notes of bourbon and vanilla. Pours dark golden colored with no head at all. Starts with lots of sweet caramel and Candi sugar flavor. Finishes smooth with bourbon and light vanilla flavors. Pretty good, but the bourbon is not very pronounced.
DYCSoccer17 (3546) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle vintage 2011. Drank in celebration of Fredís full life. The aroma has lots of bourbon character present, with some retronasal booziness, too. Light sweet caramel and toffee hints with oak. Transparent, light amber body with no head. Completely flat. Starts with a very sweet, chewy, sticky caramel maltiness. Some sherry, and cardboard oxidation is also present in the middle. This is a bit syrupy with some trace bourbon flavors late. Pretty decadent. Light ethanol burn. No carbonation.
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours out a hazy brownish amber. Nose is nice vanilla bourbon barrel oak caramel sweetness. Taste is more of the sweetness caramel vanilla bourbon barrel oak brown sugar.
tderoeck (7217) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
27/IV/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ my country ticks and pulled pork sandwiches tasting - BB: n/a (2015-545) Thanks to ElManana for sharing the bottle!
Clear orange beer, creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, sweet malts, almonds, marzipan. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty sweet, sugary, peach candy, syrupy, fruity. Aftertaste: sweet, alcohol, bit sugary, orange peel, almonds, vanilla, bourbon, more vanilla.
DocLock (8956) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared bottle from Craft via PUBíR. Hazy brownish black pour with tan head. Nose was heavy bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla. Tasted rich, complex, with oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark malt, and an incredibly complex finish. A bit hotter than the regular version, and simply the best.