JStax (3980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured on draft. Appearance is a darker, hazy gold. Think a dubbel. White head of foam with good retention. Aroma is a tad boozy, but still able to pick up on a few subtleties of dough, citrus, and toffee. You really have to dig through the bourbon to find those, though. Taste is a lot more subdued than I figured it would be. The bourbon really takes a back seat to the doughiness of this beer. I wanna say it’s popcorny, but without the butter or salt taste. I like this beer a good bit more than I had expected to like it.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/7/2011. 22 oz. bottle served in a tulip. #4/300.
This is what I think a bourbon barrel tripel would look like, only more transparent. An amber color most of the way through with a small off-white head.
The aroma is mild, sweet bourbon. A light, sweet, pale and biscuit malt has a honey sweetness are present, but the bourbon really steps all over the base beer.
I feel compelled to review the bourbon more than the tripel, since that is mostly what I taste throughout. A bit of the tripel flavor begins to form - pale malt, honey sweetness, a bit of bread - but almost totally disappears as sweet bourbon takes over. The flavor is smooth, with notes of vanilla, oak, and a light spice toward the end. The problem is mainly that the flavor tilts to far toward the bourbon barrel.
For a tripel, this has a medium body with light creamy carbonation. The bourbon brings a lightly dry, oak tannic nature to the end of each sip.
Whether this is not the type of beer that should be bourbon barrel aged or whether the execution just was not there is up for debate. The one thing that is certain is that this beer just is not that great.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bomber. Copper color with a light head. Bourbon in the nose. Nice sweet bourbon taste. Light oak and slightly fruity.
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a cloudy golden body with a medium cream head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, raisins, toffee, and butterscotch. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, citrus, maple, oak, and raisins.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from George. Rating #34. Real nice beer, the barrel lended a lot if character to the base I thought. I picked up some nice sweet vanilla notes and a goid amount of wood as well. Tasty stuff. (2143)
callmemickey (3760) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Sunset orange body. Moderate off-white head. Slight foamy lacing.
S: Bourbon, coconut, sun tan lotion, vanilla, and spice. A bit odd, but not unpleasant.
T: Lots of bourbon up front--but not much heat. The middle of the flavor profile is dominated by Hawaiian Tropic sun tan lotion. It gets to be a bit off-putting with each successive sip. Back end finishes with more bourbon and oak.
M: Medium carbonation. Medium bodied despite the heavy presence of bourbon. Crisp finish.
O: Wasn’t the biggest fan of this, but there were some interesting notes in this beer... worth seeking out but I’d save it for a group tasting situation.
madmitch76 (18996) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22nd December 2011
Christmas tasting at the Kernel. Hazy amber beer. Fluffy pale tan head. Semi dry palate. Rich flavours. A little oaky vanilla. Really nice pineapple and coconut. Very mild bourbon. Semi dry finish. Off the wall this one - like a wood aged Pina Colada! Saw quite a few furrowed brows over this one! But it’s a fun and tasty beer and impossible to dislike for me!
Leighton (14784) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at The Kernel Christmas Tasting 2011. Pours foggy orange with a bubbly, white head. Nose holds bourbon, peanut butter, alcohol, some honey, and toasted malts. Medium to big sweet flavor with more peanut butter, essential oils, coconut, caramel, light bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Tangy booze finish, some sugar, hard alcohol, dry wood, mild toast. Still some peanut butter. Points for weirdness, but still, this is weird.
hamilton23 (618) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a nice copper color with beige head. Nose is loads of bourbon and just a bit of sweet dried fruit. Taste follows pretty closely...lots of nice sweetness with tastes of bourbon, dried fruit and caramel.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle shared by Norm at Black Friday). Pours a hazy orange-copper color with thin off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla and wood. Taste is sweet with the barrel taking over the beer. Thin bodied with a slick texture. Bourbony smooth. Not bad, but I didn’t get much trippel.