bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap in a shaker at Black Stap Coop in Austin, TX. This is a strange little beer. It sat an opaque deep brown in the glass, fading to red at the edges only when held up to a bright light. Despite this formidable appearance, the beer gave off only the slightest aroma of the whiskey barrel, and its palate proved almost as light as a macro lager. Flavors were sweet but muddled, with a slight whiff of vanilla borne clumsily on a body that had gone stale through barrel aging (natch) without picking up the desired infusion of sweet earthy flavors (oops). Iím glad that Austin finally has an active brewing scene, but I doubt Iíll revisit this one.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Didnít do that much for me, but barrel aged beers are hit or miss. this missed, but hey, I still like the brewery.
kidmartinek (4670) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vast improvement over the original. Dark brown, a little more off-white head. Light roasted malt aroma. Texture is a little thicker, thank goodness. Flavor is tame dark malt with a bland woody finish. The whiskey barrel aging is evident and makes the beer a potentially dangerous session.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured at the Jester King Grand Opening. Cloudy, auburn-brown colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, tannish brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has lots of sweeter caramel and a good amount of chocolate tootsie roll. Really nice raisin, date, and dark fruitiness. Some whiskey and vanilla are present, but light along with a touch of wood. Flavor has much more of a sweet whiskey-vanilla-wood, but it blends really well with lots of caramel and chocolate. You can tell the ABV is thinner, but this is an exceptionally flavorful mild. Lots of raisins and dark fruit along with a light earth. Finishes dry and clean with a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Light body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty fantastic mild. Very flavorful for such a low ABV beer. Really nice whiskey sweetness and light woodiness that adds a pleasant complexity to a solid caramel and chocolate maltiness. Great beer.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the grand opening. poured dark brown with an off white head. aroma and flavor were vanilla, toffee, coffee, and whiskey. light body with soft carbonation. actually sort of reminded me of the rahr BA winter warmer.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap - Holy Grail Pub.
I find this to have a lot more depth both in aroma and flavor than the original which is great. Some slight whiskey aroma. Almost smokey, caramel flavor but very little whiskey. Insanely quaffable at such a low ABV but like the original I could probably have 2, 3 max all night. A strange and ballsy brew from one of TXís newest breweries.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
The points are all over the place. The palate was very, very thin and gets low points, but this beer is also insanely drinkable- thank God for the low abv. Very happy to see a true session ale made in Texas.
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown pour from tap at the Holy Grail in Plano, TX. Fairly light and flat tasting, with weak notes of chocolate and toffee. Not much bite, which is to be expected, given the low abv. Still, not a bad beer at all, especially if you are in the mood for something lighter.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells true to its name. Whiskey, raisins, multigrain bread. Tastes like caramel, sea salt, a little muddly. The jester kings I have had so far at the moth have all been too flat for me. Pair with pistachios.
thirdeye11 (6064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught at Meddlesome Moth) cloudy brown pour, creamy tan head. Nose of vanilla, whiskey, chocolate malt, wooden barrel, and actually some detectable alcohol when swirled. Taste of graham cracker, a bit of vanilla, chocolate malt, whiskey, easy to drink. Medium thick body, dry and creamy. Nice! Tons of flavor for the ABV.