Papsoe (25113) - Lyse Rødovre, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Hand bottle 37,5 cl) Courtesy of Storm. Hazy golden with a rough white head. Spicy bourbon aroma with some fruitiness. Surprisingly light-bodied with sweetish fruit and bourbon accents and a distinct alcoholic finish. 201008
Grovlam (4150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. [Tasting @ Papsoe 20-10-2008] Average bubbly white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light cloudy yellow color. Aroma of sweet spicy bourbon, mild honey or mead like, fruit, yeast, wood alcohol. Full bodied with an average carbonation light dry thick texture. Moderated sweet flavor. Lingering spicy alcoholic finish.
3fourths (7537) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazed gold colored body. Hugely sharp bourbon-vanilla nose, really difficult to get past, but it’s actually quite nice... some honey sweetness and candy sugar buried beneath this hugely sweet vanilla-scented bourbon nose, but it doesn’t turn me away. Flavor is pasty and yeast heavy, some sharpness as well, alcohol easily noticed, and it has the distinct flavor of Irish whiskey, of all things... when warmer there’s more vanilla, candy sugar and true bourbon integrated with this Irish whiskey note... nice overall, warming.
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler, courtesy of Miver. Thanks so much for sharing this, Joe! Pours golden with a thin white leace. Nose is heavy bourbon, vanilla, caramel sweetness, and a bit of spicey yeast. Flavor is more vanilla, oak, a good amount of bourbon (which became more noticeable as it warmed).
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Lancaster location, and growlered. Poured cloudy gold in color with a beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak and slightly fruity. Tastes of mostly vanilla, bourbon, spices, fruity, and a bit of alcohol warming. I’ve had this side by side with Axilla, and they were 100% different. Mine had a huge head, and was just a ton of bourbon; his was no head and a ton less boubon. The growler that I got seemed to be midpoint, but they have been pretty inconsistent.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of Miver. Thanks so much for sharing this, Joe! Pours a slightly hazy, golden color; thin white head with patchy lacing. Loads of intense bourbon, citrus, and charred oak; slightly rough along the edges, but very generous and toasty besides. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of toasty bourbon, warming alcohol, citrus, and toasty malts upfront; again, slightly rough along the perimeter; very warming; generous, but also comes in as slightly vegetal and stalky; overall: bourboned and rough. Lengthy finish: warming bourbon, light citrus, and lasting toastiness. Really wanted to like this more than I did.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Phoenixville location. Poured a medum and cloudy golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, fruity (apples skins), wood, and very light spices. Tastes of vanilla, wood, bourbon, fruity, and lighter spices. Light alcohol in the finish.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 Poured a lightly hazy golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, citrus, coriander, yeast, bourbon, and some plastic. Taste of citrus, earthy yeast, some spices, vanilla, light bourbon, and a dry, alcohol finish. Various batches of this come off very different.
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what a nice beer this is. Pours ruddy dark strawish brown with fluffy off-white head. Nose is candi sugary malt, white pepper, heavy oaky bourbon, hops, fruit, some yeasty florals. Palate is very complex with a solid heft. Nice rock sigary maltt mathced with yeasty esters, some earthy notes, and a very assertive bourbon element that doesn’t overpower the beer, but rather accompanies it in a very bold way. This is an outstanding brew.
TomDecapolis (4340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Pville location. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a medium creamy off white head that left a bunch of lacing. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, lots of citrus notes, Tripel spiciness, floral, sugary/malt notes and bread. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, oak, pepper, Tripel yeast esters, floral, Belgian candy sugar, dries out in the tail end. Very smooth and drinkable for the high abv and up front bourbon. The bourbon was there for sure but the tripel held up surprisingly well. I got just a hint of buttery popcorn that I’ve noticed in some of the other IH barrel aged beers.