Guerde (1208) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Pours a semi-clear reddish-brown color with quickly dissipating off-white head that leaves a lingering film. The aroma leaves no doubt about the whereabouts of this beer prior to bottling, as it’s an all-out olfactory assault of bourbon on the nostrils. This is a good thing. Smells of vanilla, butterscotch, oak, and candied cherries are prominently displayed here. Some toffee like scents emerge as well, and I think these and the cherries are the remnants of the base beer which struggle to break through the bourbon barrier. Sour cream and onion potato chips with warming. Tastes of rich toffee, vanilla, stewed plum, along with a lingering note of toasty malt and oak are all that’s composed in the flavor, but it’s all that is needed. Faint glimmer of heat which is odd considering the ABV, but perhaps I’m conditioned by something tasting this bourbony to have some sting associated with it. Mouthfeel is medium and carb is perfect. Overall I was really impressed by this, and if it weren’t priced so highly, I’d drink this regularly.
Tmoney99 (11620) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured dark brown color with a moderate light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good caramel toasted malt and bourbon barrel aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Good well balanced woody dark sweet flavor with a moderate smooth sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid doppelbock.
DrSilverworm (7998) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster on tap at Lackman. Clear darker red kind of brownish door. Minimal off-white head - just a thin ring around the edge. No lace. Nice vanilla, woody bourbon barrel nose. Hint of spice, dark fruit in the aroma. Some caramel, toffee, butterscotch in the flavor, some earthiness, very tasty and complex. Light to moderate sweet taste, moderate bitter too, light bourbon type alcohol. Hint of chocolate. Bigger body. Lighter, lightly soft carbonation, More dry. Tasty, complex bourbon barrel ale.
peteinSD (1429) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Neal - thanks! Murky brown pour with a slick of tan foam. Aroma is sweet bourbon with vanilla and minor coconut over raisin and sweet malt. Taste is thin bourbon up front followed by some raisin and malt sweetness before thin bourbon returns. Thin mouthfeel. Somewhat disjointed in the flavor but I like the relatively low ABV and the aroma is nice.
Bacterial (1981) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown pour. Wax top that really made you work for this beer! Slight white head. Big bourbon and caramel nose. On the thin side, but really brings the bourbon flavor to the forefront with an easy drinking malty dopplebock. Nice!
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice brown pour with a decent white head. Aroma of some malt and caramel, decent bourbon notes. Taste falls a little bit, the bourbon is quite subdued.
crossovert (8682) - Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not terrible, I have had other better bb dbs but I just feel this is a style that speaks for itself w/o the barrel treatment.
rxeight (1756) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good dopplebock, didnt get much bourbon, but was drinking several strong bourbon stouts.
portableparty (2010) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. bottle waxed and after about 10 minutes of prying cutting peeling and stabbing I finally removed enough wax to pry the cap off! Pours brown with dark amber highlights and a quick khaki soapy head that vanishes. Aroma has sweet bourbon booze scents some hidden dark fruit and malt and subtle vanilla. Taste is nice smooth bourbon wood and sweetness with malt more dark fruit and vanilla flavors with a little spice in the finish. Palate is thin to medium with a slick dry finish. Not a bad beer, but with the effort needed to open this sucker it should of been mind blowing!
b3shine (6275) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz bottle to oversized snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks Skyview). Looks solid; a semi-opaque amberish-brown with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes solid; malt and bourbon. Average on the palate. It could be a little more viscous, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.