Boutip (4307) - 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 (4242) - 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. Thereís 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. Itís medium-full bodied with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
Crit (3191) - 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
BillKismet (3167) - 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 donít dominate across the medium scotch-malted underpinning.
jake65 (2450) - 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 íwoodyí barrel in the end. Bourbon really sits and lingers on my palate.
robforbes (2002) - 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 (1483) - 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.
Zeswaft (1316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Brown with soft, bright white head. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Damn, this is real smooth. Flavor is rich vanilla and oak.
CheersMate (1296) - 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?
peteinSD (1183) - 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.