neepsntatties (1170) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I must preface this by saying that I really like the regular expression of the "Ace"! On tap at H.U.B. Colour... dark brown with no head. Nose... decidedly oaky with Bourbon and dark fruits. Palate... mild CO2, and one helluva burst of Bourbon! After the first wave of Bourbon there’s a sappy dryness (I assume form the oak), then a smack of hop resin, then more oak, then more hops! Quite a conundrum! This one doesn’t seem too well balanced. The oak and the hops seem to be in constant struggle for supremacy and neither is giving in or creating a balance.
mcberko (6000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe for Hopfest, pours a cloudy dark orange with a white head. Aroma of light bourbon, soapy hops, citrus and light tropical fruits (mango, pineapple). Flavour is completely overtaken by the bourbon barrels, with strong bourbon and vanilla - hops are almost completely subdued. No where remotely similar to the regular Ace of Spades. Tastes almost more like a bourbon barley wine, with a lighter body. Tasty, in small quantities.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brouwer’s for Hopfest, pours a cloudy dark copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon and hops. Vanilla and bourbon dominate the flavour with some hop backing somewhere in there. Full-bodied, not hugely complex as dominated by two flavours. Nice.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hopfest 2011. Pours a murky amber, with a small head. HUGE bourbon nose, and I mean huge. I’m not sure I’ve ever tasted *any* beer that soaked so much bourbon flavor out of barrels. It really overpowers the bright, juicy quality you normally find in Ace of Spades. Flavor adds orange, pine, some cream... but it’s still really heavy on the bourbon. Tasty -- but only because I’m a bourbon fan.