Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some grilled corn notes with light bourbon and vanilla notes. Taste is a weird mix of grilled corn, vanilla, bourbon with a bitter and astringent finish which is not the most pleasant. Body is light for style with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol. Unbalanced with too much corn notes coming through with also too much astringency for the style.
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of 5000 via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and faint oak. It pours a muddy orangish-brown with a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There’s some dotted lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and candy corn. The finish has bourbon and light vanilla. It’s medium-full bodied with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky dark woody amber color with lightly frothed head. Light woody and cabernet nose, which is true of the flavor as well. Quite nuanced. While the cabernet-wood flavors are there, they certainly don’t dominate across the medium scotch-malted underpinning.
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy brown,small beige head.Earthy malt nose. Big woody unpleasant palate with harsh alcohol heat
GRM (2912) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown bottle, 22 ounces, trade with pandableh (thank you!), with Louise, Luc Bourbonnière and Philippe Boutin, savoured on September 13 2013; eye: mahogany, clear, no effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head, light lacing; nose: bourbon, woody, malt, caramel; mouth: bourbon, woody, malt, caramel, light astringency, woody finale with presence of bourbon, below-average carbonation, a bit thin; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 22 onces, échange avec pandableh (thank you!), avec Louise, Luc Bourbonnière et Philippe Boutin, savourée le 13 septembre 2013; œil : acajou, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : bourbon, boisé, malt, caramel; bouche : bourbon, boisé, malt, caramel, légère astringence, finale boisée avec présence de bourbon, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, un peu mince; en résumé : correct
jake65 (2587) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Flat pour caramel colored pour. Thin beige head. Nose is peat, oak, bourbon, and vinous. Tastes sweeter up front, caramel, peat and ’woody’ barrel in the end. Bourbon really sits and lingers on my palate.
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a semi-cloudy dark copper with a small tan head that dissipates rapidly, and some lacing.
smell is of caramel and some wood.
taste is somewhat watery, malt, some bourbon, some caramel, and a little sweet. overall not too impressive.
poisoneddwarf (1670) - 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; I’m 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.
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled Nov. 2011
Wee Heavy Aged in Kentucky Oak Barrels
"This special edition of our winter ale was actually brewed in the summer! Aged in Kentucky Oak barrels for six months, the beer has flavors reminiscent of currants, caramel, and bourbon. Enjoy."
A: pours a hazy, toasted date color with a transient finger of light peanut foam. The foam is fine in nature and sticks around as a centrally dissipating dome and a confluent ring. Spotty lace.
S: The barrel is strong in this one. Bourbon up front, but not alcoholic, sweet and appreciable. Some nice creamy malts, caramel, brown sugar and hints of dates.
T: Mmm. This is good. Wow. Bourbon is well balanced in this brew. What a find! Some nice sweet malts are bready and young. Theres a note of yeast in this as well. Vanilla and the slightest hint of bitterness. Underlying pekoe tea as well.
M: Medium bodied with some light, smooth carbonation. Theres a wet and solid feel to the finish and the alcohol then warms the throat ever so slightly (like the third or fourth exhale after a shot of strait whiskey).
O: I’m really impressed with this beer. I saw it sitting on the shelf at the grocer, and nabbed one. Really dug the flavor on this one. Really nice. Might be grabbing a few more of these.
Serving type: bottle
Smurf2055 (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours mahogany finger white head.
Smell is really peaty and fruity.
Taste muted whiskey up front, sweet figs and raisins on tail.
Much lighter bodied than expected, sweet.
Almost reminds me more of rum than whiskey. Interesting.