JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown color with a moderate tan head. Heavy aromas with dark caramel, soy sauce, bourbon, hint of vanilla, oak, and coffee grounds. Fairly thin in feel. Quick boozy. Start is mild with pale malt. Somewhat buttery in the middle, with whiskey, oak and beernuts. Light corn sweetness in the finish. A strong, fairly simple strong ale. For the price, this is a great winter warmer.
Bartzilla (503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fucking awesome. I live in San Diego, so I get to see these tools line up for the latest Lost Abbey flat bullshit for $35 a bottle (yes, I am one), but for 11 bucks a 6 pack, at 9.1 abv, this does just fine without all the nonsense. This site should be called RareBeer.com because thatís how shit getís decided. This is good beer. The fact you can get it in twist off bottles should deter you from trying it.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I donít get the reviews on this one. deep rich, dark pour. Lots of oak and bourbon on the nose and a complex, rich pour. A nice beer, kind of reminded me of a thinner Angels share really.
mjg74 (2363) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Very dark in color upon pouring. Strong roasty aroma. Some vanilla and chocolate. Some coffee as well. Nice bourbon scent. Quite full flavored. Good roasted malts along with some hoppiness. Very nice bourbon flavorings. Very good for $1.79 a bottle. Alcohol isnít noticable.
AmEricanbrew (4868) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with a tan head. Big roasty, nutty smoky aromas. Rich, hearty flavors of medium dark malts with fatty smoked almonds. Finishes with a lightly sweet boozy bourbon taste. Not bad.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled.. Pours black with a light tan head.. Aroma is roasted malts and beef jerky, kinda sweet.. Flavor is dark malts, raisins, wet dog and a lingering dark chocolate bitterness..Thin with lively carbonation..Not horrible but Im glad I found a place that didnít make me buy the whole six pack.
Brigadier (2240) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle
A bonus beer in a trade I was skeptical from the start given that it comes from Cold Spring. It had some interesting aspects but as expected was a mess overall. This brewery should have a warning sign so people know which beers they actually make and can therefore be avoided.
Aroma / Appearance - The thin dirty head was like a cheap toupee over the top of the reasonably opaque ruby red/black body. Rye bread, weak oak, and a few drops of vanilla extract are heavy but without any real focus or intent. It just sits there hoping for pity.
Flavor / Palate - Heavy and cloying it sticks to the palate leaving a mess of chocolate, coffee grounds, and very little bourbon. Nothing definable is left as it crawls down the throat. There is no discernible purpose to the mixture; it is just a mess of random flavors. Thanks to Cold Springs for reminding me what a bourbon barrel aged beer shouldnít be.
blutt59 (5690) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, ruby black color with slight foam, aroma has a lot of coffee and brown sugar, flavor is a great mix of cream of wheat, maple sugar, coffee bean ice cream, praline and finsih is well done
JohnnyJ (3533) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown puur. Sweet malts, vanilla, molasses, oak, and some dark fruit and bourbon. The bourbon is light, but the oak is definitley there. I enjoyed it.
daknole (7205) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour. NO head. Aroma is interested. Oak, booze, molasses, and a bit of sourness...what is it? Flavor is boozy, oaky, wet wood, and again the tartness is there. Interesting but a bit clashing. Hmmm, not sure what to make of this. Its both good and bad. Very odd.