tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the tasting room. Tried side by side with regular shady. Pours a bit cloudier and a touch darker but not much. Slightly less tart and acidic. Slight oak and bourbon notes. Slightly creamier body. Similar but smoother
sturmthis (594) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pale yellow color with little head. Smells like a whisky sour. Very sweet beer that tastes boozy. Crazy shandy.
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Hoppin’ Frog Tasting Room. The beer pours a clear yellow-gold color with a minimal white head that disappears quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and bourbon. Medium-bodied with a sweet and sour character of tart citrus, subtle whisky and malt. The finish is fruity with an oaky vanilla and citrus aftertaste. Not sure if whisky sour character was the goal of this one, but it certainly turned out that way. Not a huge fan of the regular version, but I enjoyed this for what it is. Pretty good overall.
JaBier (4989) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half pint at the tasting room on 4/5/14. Clear gold pour (vs. the yellow of the non-barrel version) with a thin white head. Aroma of lemon, malt and slight whiskey. Malt and lemon flavor with slight oak and alcohol before a smooth, tart finish. Gotta admit, thought aging this kind of beer in a bourbon barrel was gimmicky and just an overall bad idea, but I really enjoyed it.
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewpub
Ever had a whiskey sour made with middle shelf liquor? That is what you get in this wonderfully aged experiment that should not work yet somehow was one of the best beers on tap. If not for the price per pint I’d have had no issues downing two or three.
Aroma / Appearance - An ivory head accompanies a semitransparent base. The only real difference in appearance between this and regular turbo shandy is a lack of obvious carbonaton. Sweet simple syrup, whiskey, lemons, oranges, and a very mild vanilla kick are nearly the exact profile of a true whiskey sour.
Flavor / Palate - Lemon, 7UP, and a shot of alcohol sparkle on the tongue. The lower ABV nature of this makes it tempting to drink very quickly as it goes down as smoothly as a 4% ABV fruit beer. Much better than the regular Turbo Shandy this is a beer that would be another success if bottled.