Getbetter (915) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the tap at the brewery and a very hazy brownish red ale.Smells very boozey and a light head.Not too much boozey and you can still taste a great amount of the red ale.
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured up on tap at K & B Wine Cellars where it exhibits a murky dark brown body that supports a nice tan head that leaves behind some sheet lacing. The aroma offers up thick sweet malts, malty yet resiny pine hops and then smooth smelling sweet vanilla mixed with bourbon. The taste is similar as I get a tasty blend of malts, malt roastiness and a firm level of malt nuanced pine hop bitterness. Immediately after those notes are contemplated the smooth vanilla and chewy malt enhanced bourbon rise up in just the amount to create a terrific beer to barrel character balance.
jbruner (2699) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to trade with jdb288! Pours a murky copper with some year floaters, bubbly tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is phenolic alcohol with lots of nice bourbon barrel notes behind. Taste is all barrel, vanilla, bourbon awesome, slight bitterness on the back end. No real booze besides the barrel, very good.
daknole (9755) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber pour, cream colored head. Nice mild bourbon and oaky notes right up front and balanced with some resiny/citrus hops. Not bad.
skmikeg (1083) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Urge as part of their Ironfire night. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thin tan head which fades to minimal lacing. Aroma is of toasted malts, rye bread, caramel, vanilla, oak, and sweet malts. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma with maybe just a little booze. Has a medium-full body with a pretty creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a pretty nice american strong ale that shows off barrel aging pretty nicely.
Rando7 (763) - Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours amber-brown with full one finger yellow head. nice looking beer. Aroma whiskey, vanilla, malt sweetness. Taste follows aroma with sweet caramel malts, whiskey, vanilla. Finish lots of oak and some hops. Palate not very thick but overall I liked the mouthfeel with the oak and hops giving it a spicy tingle. I enjoyed it.
AmEricanbrew (6171) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap@2013 Strong Ale Fest. Clear copper color with ivory head. Boozy bourbon vanilla, spicy caramel aromas. Big boozy whiskey flavors with tea leaf, spicy caramel___too boozy
bhensonb (11796) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours very hazy and darkly ruddy with a creamy beige head. Nice whisky aroma. Med + body. Flavor is caramel, treacle and lots of whisky. There’s definitely heat, but it’s coming out as flavor rather than irritating. There’s a lot of whisky flavor, but somehow it’s a lot mellower than most bourbons. Seems to be missing a lot of vanilla. With time there seems to be a fair amount of wood - but that normal astringency seems hidden - perhaps by the heat. This is very tasty stuff. The wood and heat make it seem dry, but at the end of each quaff there’s a sweet burst.
brokensail (12002) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Strong Ale 2013. Dark amber pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is really hop forward, surprisingly. Lots of grass and orange rind. Heavy oak character, whiskey, some vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is quite bitter and chalky. Lots of tannic charred oak and whiskey. Some vanilla, orange, and grass. Hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness. Kind of watery mouthfeel. Disappointing.
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Strong Ale Fest. Pours a full haze amber with wispy, low foam. Nose is bourbon, sweet tomato style bourbon, vanilla. Taste is excellent toffee, white chocolate, nice hop balance. Similar feel to some of the Upright Sole Comp barleywines. Really nice.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A cool beer. It’s being released monthly to showcase how the barrel quality changes in the beer month over month. Big whiskey notes, a nice malt character and the earlier versions had a decent hop profile. A nice offering.