jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown, small tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, vanilla, and fruit backed up by roasted malt and coffee. A bit of bourbon on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light for a beer with over 9%, won’t fill you up too badly. Taste is mostly sweet, but some bitterness comes in to rescue the balance. Pretty decent strong ale; I recommend trying it. Good price for what you get (at least here in Michigan).
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Rating #62. Very dark, almost black, but with a small bit of dark red around the outside of the glass. Very small head, almost not even there, just a thin ring. Dark fruit, light roast and a bit boozy, the bourbon is there. Thin body, more light roast and some bourbon,light sweetness, not great, but not horrible either. (1378)
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, but pleasant bourbon flavor. Modest aroma, head and body. Alcohol well hidden.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: This pours a nearly black body, mahogany around the edges, with a small tan head that soon reduces to a film. The aroma has dark caramel, Bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, and roasted malts. The flavor is very sweet, stronger than the aroma lead me to expect, and has an added woody bitterness. The finish is sticky sweet with a jab of alcohol at the back of the throat. Not a bad attempt at something, considering this brewery’s track record.
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured deeper burnt sienna with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma picked up warm caramel and blended chocolates joined by a large dose of vanilla.. some toasted oak if you really dig deep.. too sweet to notice any alcohol. The flavor found sweet, sticky, syrupy bourbon and vanilla along with moderately-roasted chocolates at the core.. interesting coconut accent that really picks up steam through the finish.. overloaded with sugars, which really made it hard to drink. Medium-bodied and very sweet on the palate as mentioned.. not bad stuff, but heavy-handed with the sweetness.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
120z bottle courtesy of my landlord. Pours a thin black with a small tan head. Notes on the nose of sweet malt, vanilla, bourbon, and ash. An oily, resinous body, with a heavy bourbon presence that paves way for a super sweet malt base with minimal notes of everything mentioned above. A half assed rate for a half assed beer.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark brown with a small white head. Bourbon and vanilla aroma. Sweet toffee, milk chocolate, some strange off flavor that i can’t describe, and a bunch of alcohol burn. Thin on the palate and overall pretty forgettable.
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown. Medium body. Quickly dissipating head. Not much aroma for my weak nose today. Mostly malty with only subtle hop character. Toffee notes. A whisper of bourbon. Nice vanilla texture.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown pour with small beige head. aroma of sugar, milk chocolate, oats, toffee and slight oxidation. mostly malty, with little accompanying hops in the nose. flavor of bitter earthy hops, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. slightly hot finish. well done
bhensonb (13507) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Pizza Port Brewing bottle shop in Carlsbad, CA. Pours very dark cola with a few tan bubbles. Odors of vanilla and maybe bourbon as well. Medium plus body with creamish carbonation. Flavor is vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and sweet burnt malt. Tell me it’s from Scotland and I might believe it. It does seem a hint smokey. Finishes mildly sweet with some fair flavor complexity. Then it turns astringent? Might be the best beer from this brewer.