Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brouwerís Big Wood. Pours dark brown/red/orange. Aroma of bourbon, dark red fruits, molasses, caramel malts, and some tangerine. Flavour is largely bourbon, some dark fruits, molasses and wood. Full bodied, sweet and well balanced.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BottleÖ Mostly clear burnt-orange ale with a small, creamy, khaki, head. Good retention. The aroma is a luxuriant mťlange of caramel, bourbon, coconut and vanilla. Medium-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. The flavor is of harsh, overbearing bourbon eclipsing some very nice notes of caramel and vanilla. Finishes bourbony-hot, caramely and dry. Bottle generously shared by newcigarz!
Hmmm? What to do? Sit on it another year or two and the harsh bourbon should mellow and hopefully mesh more nicely with the caramel, vanilla and coconut notes. However, this stuff is only medium-bodied now and is already fairly dry in the finish. Therefore, if you sit on it another year, it may attenuate a bit too much, becoming light-bodied, astringent and dry and losing some of those nice caramel and vanilla notes. Who knows? Who cares? Sit on a bottle and see what happens. Thereís definitely promise here. Hell, itís pretty darned good right now.
cstuartj (925) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark cloudy brown. Amazing great noise, tons of oak and hint of vinilla. Great woody taste start to end. Yumm!
poisoneddwarf (1616) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Brewed 6/12/11; bottled Nov. 2011. Pours murky brown with a medium-small beige head that falls after a minute or two; lace sheets the glass. Aroma is very woody, along with caramel, vanilla, booze; Iím not getting any smokiness, which is my favorite thing about this style. Taste starts out sweet and meaty but quickly turns bitter. Tastes more like an American Strong Ale than a Scotch Ale. Carbonation is medium, body is medium to full, mouthfeel is syrupy. Although not very characteristic of the style, this is pretty yummy.
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously sent by John - thanks! Pours a murky, caramel brown with a thinnish slick of tan foam. Aroma is sweet, slightly biting bourbon with complimentary vanilla and soft oak. I also get a bit of peat and perhaps toffee underneath the bourbon. Taste is very well done, balanced bourbon up front with vanilla, sweet malt in the middle with caramel and toffee, and a touch of almost thin, cola sweetness from the bourbon through the finish. Steady carbonation adds a nice presence in the mouthfeel to the bourbon. While the scotch ale character of the base beer is tough to pull out under the bourbon, I am really happy with how balanced and flavorful the bourbon is on a relatively low ABV beer. No hotness and thereís enough malt sweetness present to accentuate the bourbon. Man, this is just a hugely drinkable bourbon barrel aged beer. Really impressive.
bhensonb (10345) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours hazy dark amber/brown with a 3 finger creamy beige head. Aroma is bourbon/vanilla. Full bodied. Very. Flavor is bourbon/vanilla extreme with a hint of smoke. As the intense flavors wash away thereís some herb and something unidentifiable but interesting. Makes me think of shortbread. This drinks really well. Great ale.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pleasant sweet bourbon aroma, brown sugar, vanilla, wood. Decent caramel and toffee malt notes, sweet with residual sugar but noting over the top. Pours murky brown with a decent off white tannish head. The flavor is sweet with bourbon initially, smooth with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, wood. Mostly sweet, light wood dryness shows up. A good showcase for bourbon without retarded heat. The flavor is sweet and lingering, the body is smooth. Maybe a little more body would be my only complaint, but all in a ll very solid and drinkable BA beer. Hales keeps putting out solid stuff. Keep it up!
MarinaMarket (209) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 2012: Heavy wood aroma from the neck. Pours dark amber with a very nice thick off-white head. Bourbon, Malt, and wood aroma from the glass. Big bourbon & wood flavor. Strong bourbon, wood, flavor with some bittering mixed in. Medium mouth-feel, and still a bit hot. Nice offering from Haleís Ales! Tasted from the bottle at 57.9F.
2011: Aroma of malts, wood, and booze from the neck. Pours cloudy, red/amber, with a very THICK tan head. Aroma is amazing. It just smells like Heaven. So much malt, dark sugars, and wood on the nose. Nice full mouthfeel, sweet wood character and a surprising note of bitter hops. Tastes stronger (hotter) than the stated ABV, and I am really interested to see how this ages. Lots of vanilla but overwhelmed by the booze. And I do get some slight vegetal note that I canít quite place. Itís fleeting though, and may just be a bit of a grassy note in with the hops. Iíll save one for a few months and report back! Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from the Ballard Market. Little to no head sits on top of a brown body. It looks decent, but itís nothing special. The aroma is quite wonderful, and fairly nuance; it smells of: syrup, oak, bourbon, vanilla, sugar, and a little caramel. Itís very sweet smelling. Itís quite the pungent beer. Wow, the alcohol has made this one scorch my throat. Itís VERY hot for the ABV. Damn this one is warming me up, and making me feel more drunk than I actually am, which is not at all. Strong oak, bourbon, and vanilla flavor. Damn, this one is tasty, but again, that alcohol needs to simmer down a bit. I think there are great things to come with this, once it relaxes. The alcohol is too overpowering now, but once that mellows out, damn, this well be a delicious beer, indeed. Texture is made to feel thing by the alcohol. Have I said the word "alcohol" enough here?
mcberko (5361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwerís for Big Wood, pours a dark brown / black with a small tan head. Aroma of strong bourbon on the nose, caramelized sugar, booze and more bourbon. Flavour is very sweet with heaps of caramel, accentuated with a very bourbon-dominated body, finishing sweet and boozy. Cloying a bit in sweetness but very good.