daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed brown color, small head. Sweet jesus this is sweet. Lol. Maple, brown sugar, molasses, sweet sugary finish. Very good but I couldn’t drink much.
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the 20th Anniversary event. Cheers! Pours a cloudy beige color with almost no head. A light boozy nose, big maple. The flavor is similarly dominated by sweet sugary barrel and maple, some heat, toffee, figs and caramel.
Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the source for the 20th anniversary celebration, courtesy of Douglas88, thank you! Maroon brown color. Aroma of pur maple, raisin, dates. Taste is toffee, figs and maple. Tasty.
MrFecesious (625) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap taster at brewery. Cloudy rusted copper. Aroma of tree bark and raisin. Taste is candied sugar, dark fruit, and a brilliant late-coming burst of pure maple.
GothGargoyle (818) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Hair of the Dog anniversary party. Hazy light brown with a small pale head. Aroma is maple, raisins, dates, honey. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on huge palate with a cloying aftertaste. Taste is raisins, maple syrup, dates, honey. Sweet but delicious
writerljberg (394) - Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the tasting room. Only barrel created. Pity.
A: Opaque orange tinted brown. Or brown tinted orange. Very thin lacing. A bit muddy, but..meh.
N. Sugar. Belgian candi sugar and maple, specifically. Some hop bitterness/pineapple and mango. The bourbon’s less developed in the nose than in the body.
T: No mistaking the barrels on this one. Maple syrup, vanilla, caramel. Some very noticeable tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple. This is pretty sweet, but not as much as I remember. The back has the hop bitterness to even this out. There’s definitely an alcohol kick.
M: Bubbly and sticky sap. This fits really well with the beer and the maple. Like bourbon Fred 2012 this one nails it.
O: Excellent. When I hear people rave about CBS, I assume this is what they really think they had.
Freakout (16) - Alaska, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful warm maple whisky nose...lovely worn saddle leather appearance. As described before the taste is a maple bar soaked in good Bourbon. Just a pleasure to drink and a true nipple rubber.
neepsntatties (1020) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at HOTD. Colour...deep, cloudy amber with no head. Nose...dates, caramel and maple soaked raisins. Palate...almost imperceptible CO2 then the flavours kick in with subtle Bourbon, booze soaked dark fruits with a focus on raisins, black currants and Medjool dates. Overall there’s a smooth, velvety mouthfeel that resounds with maple sweetness front the front to the back of the palate. Throughout the whole experience, th Bourbon remains subtle though not elusive. This is a delight for the palate!
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, funky brown-orange with lace. Huge bourbon nose, with vanilla, wood, maple, caramel. Wow. Super sweet toffee, vanilla, bourbon flavor with oak and alcohol. Very luscious. Cloying and super sweet but great. Silky soft body.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2012 Tap @ HotD... Poured deep, dark brown and a thin, grayish head. With a tilt of the glass more of an amber, orange tone as the liquid thined out. Nose had barrel, oak, bourbon and maple. Soft mouthfeel, low carbonation which was perfect for the complexity of this beer. Simply, this tasted like a maple bar doughnut that soaked up Bourbon Fred. But with a more thought out description Maple Bourbon Fred had loads of whiskey, oak, candied and dark sugars, Bourbon Pecan French Toast, and caramel notes that lent to a worty malt sweetness. The finish had most of the maple character with a warming alcohol tone.