Guerde (1111) - 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 itís 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 thatís composed in the flavor, but itís all that is needed. Faint glimmer of heat which is odd considering the ABV, but perhaps Iím 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 werenít priced so highly, Iíd drink this regularly.
mteehead (9) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Ridgeview Liquor in Green Bay, WI. A somewhat vigorous pour yields a finger thick tan head. Dark brown color, almost black with a slight haze. Fantastic aroma of woody bourbon and toasted malt with just a hint of chocolate. Taste is very similar to the smell. The bourbon really starts to come forward and just when Iím expecting an alcoholic bite, the bourbon subsides and the malt balances this wonderfully. A nice creamy body that finishes smoothly. Awesome beer and it went well with some spicy chili! Time to purchase a few more bottles.
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2012 The was can be a bit difficult however cutting around the edge deep into it like a bottle of wine does help a lot. Get past this without frustration and there is a nice beer overall. Has a nice dark ruby red color with just over a finger head. Aroma is balanced with sweetness coming out first followed by just a hint of the barrel. Taste follows the nose with some sweetness and maltiness with very little IBUs noted. Mouthfeel is maybe on the medium side which I appreciate as it goes well with the style of a doppelbock. Overall, as a beer it is very solid but as a doppelbock I feel it is great with the added tweak of the barrel, which is not too heavy. Solid beer from such a small brewery/pub.
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a deep coffee brown with a thin light cream head. Smells of bourbon and fruit. The taste is not overly boozy but a hint of carbonation on the tongue and bourbon flavors present. A very easy drinking big beer. Enjoyed at Tipsy Cow in Madison the eve of GTMW.
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Petrucci914 (876) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a mahogany color with a medium tan-head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, light chocolate malts, and caramel. Taste is much the same - very smooth and not overly strong.
tmoreau (1915) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap for Hinterlandís pre-GTOM party at the Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI. and also at the fest as their 3pm specialty draft. Dispensed to a globe glass at the TC with a brownish amber hue, good persistence to the creamy tan head, and waves & spray of lacing. The aroma was smooth, toasted, almost roasted malt, light hints of cocoa & caramel, and a bourbon presence. Ditto on the flavor, with the bourbon/alcohol presenting just the right mellowness, along with some light sweetness, and a pleasant creaminess to the mouthfeel, all in a medium+ body. One of Joe & Scottís rarities that Iím happy made the trip.
jlruthven (512) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours murky dark brown with quarter-finger tan head. Nose is bourbon wood, vanilla, a hint of sweet apple cider. Vanilla and dark fruit on the tongue. Still a little brash. Thin mouthfeel. Not bad.
Ratman197 (8466) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle poured a hazy reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel, toffee, dried fruit and light molasses. Palate was medium bodied and smooith. Flavors of carmel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, light dried fruit and light oak with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.
Bacterial (832) - 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!
peteinSD (1174) - 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.