ReggieDunlap (2898) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque caramel/ruby color with a thin tan head. Aroma is fruity with fig and nice bourbony vanilla notes. Flavor follows suit with great bourbon flavor but not boozy...almost a hint of chocolate cherry here. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a roasty bourbon finish that drys with some oakiness...nice!
eaglefan538 (2819) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at the Lancaster location. Appearance brown with an off white head. The aroma was bourbon, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla. The flavor was boubon, dark fruits (raisins, cherries), vanilla, oak, hot bourbon/alcohol heat. The mouthfeel was lighter than it could have been (steered clear from sticky sweet), somewhat dry (again not sticky sweet). Too much bourbon as most of these things are. Oh well.
Goodgrief (1740) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Lancaster. What can I say? Hugely bourbonized, sweet vanilla and an absolutely huge alcohol flavor. It was pretty smooth, I’ll give out that...but still not that impressed.
Slipstream (1928) - USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Adrian. Murky brown pour. Aroma of compote. Figs, herbs, bourbon, prunes, and yeast. Good.
TheEpeeist (3142) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nitro at IH Media. Woody brown with a creamy beige head. Nose is oak, honey and faint bourbon. Smooth, medium body but not as whipped as the Porter. Taste is caramel, grass, vanilla, some apple and dry bourbon. I recognize the base beer with the bourbon adding a nice touch. Not the mindblowing transformation i experienced with the oak aged (brett) version but still very good. I was surprised this was on nitro.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Iron Hill Wilmington. Poured a hazy brown/ red with small bubbly beige head. Aroma was bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Taste was vanilla, sweet bourbon, a little fruit, and a nice amount of bourbon. They did not over do this like most barrel aged beers are. It was very well balanced and a nice brew to sip on at the end of the night.
adrian910ss (2275) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at the Wilmington location. Pours a dark hazy amber with a medium light beige head. Beautiful aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel and candied sugar. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, caramel and candied sugar. Very nicely done and Id give this a nod over the oak aged Tom.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ Media. Nice Reddish color with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet, but not excessively so with lots of candy, vanilla, wood, and rich sugar. Flavor is quite robust with the bourbon and wood hitting in the middle, but without being overwhelming. Sweet with candy, citrus, sugar, and a slight alcohol bite. Very well done here and definitely the best BA beer from Iron Hill I’ve had to date.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the Wilmington location. Bourbon, fruitcake and fudge nose. Bits of cherry through a heavy malt run. Not bad, but a touch hot. Pours
a clear red-brown with a rim of white. Sweet and bourbon. Fresh and cask bodied, but not much developed flavor.
Mostly a generic mid-colored fruit, good bourbon and alcohol. Over a mediocre fruit base. Decent.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body is murky medium amber.
Aroma is heavily malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (resin), with notes of vanilla, whiskey, sherry, and wood.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Full body, velvety/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
There were things about this that were extremely attractive, but others that kept my feet on the ground. Just too sweet to really enjoy drinking, but admittedly luxurious. Huge aroma, but bourbon and resinous hops are not my bag. So, mixed feelings here. Age this in fresh oak with different hops (and more bittering hops) and I could be overwhelmed.