hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Clear crimson ale with almost no head. The bouquet is a smooth ribbon of caramel, raw white oak and bourbon. Full-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor presents loads of malty toffee and caramel. It shows bourbon and heat, but doesn’t burn. Finishes malty, rich and very warming.
daknole (10045) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear reddish amber pour. Off white head. Caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon aroma. Flavor is loaded with sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, some light bitterness on the finish. Reminds me of the FW anniversary beers a lot.
douglas88 (6812) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at monkey paw thanks to silky. Pours a clear red color. A sweet rich caramel nose. Rich, dry, caramel, dusty, fruit. Big beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2603) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to StefanSD. Nice old ale featuring pleasing sherry like oxidized malts, vanilla, oaky. Strong and sweet but not cloying with vanilla-caramel flavors and a tingly alcohol finish.
JohnnyJ (4774) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Clear amberish pour, thin off-white head. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. A nice beer with strong barrel character. Pretty boozy and hot though, and the mouthfeel seems to be pretty thin. Worth a try at least.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, shared at redlight. Very sweet, oak and vanilla. Very smooth, quite nice
phaleslu (7208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Keir- thanks again, Keir! Pours a clear copper color with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of caramel malts, toasted sugar, sticky toffee, tea, and a little bit of oak and bourbon. The flavor was basically the same- sweet caramel, sugars galore, and a little boozy heat. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. My guess is that this needs a little time to sit and maybe some of the complexity will open up.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from BevMo Mira Mesa: Deep red-amber color with a small, fading off-white head. Aroma is dark fruit with a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts rich dark fruit followed by honey, maraschino cherry, some alcohol heat and a light bitter-sweet finish. Medium body is smooth and creamy with lively carbonation.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Toronado. Phone rate. Reddish brown body with a small beige head, down to a thin ring rather quickly. Oxidized sweet bourbon nose with granulated caramel, a bit of honey and bruised apple. Flavor follows suit with added new oak and good amount of spicy alcohol. Some dark fruits, but mainly caramel and some toasted grain dominate. Seems fairly sweet, but the strong alcohol helps the beer to a semi-dry boozy new oak finish, bitterness at a 2-3. Aftertaste of banana strands. Light to moderate prickly carbonation with a full body. Not too bad at all.
richiesd (31) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Karl Strauss Sorrento Valley 2/16
This was quite a surprise! Not overly hot (I’m sure it’ll be negligible with some time). Pours a nice light brown with good carbonation. A nice, pleasant sweetness that isn’t overpowering. The bourbon character is strong still, which actually adds to the flavor instead of distracting from it. Lots of toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak on the taste, really quite a treat honestly. From a bar that is literally across the street from my work, I’m very disappointed that I didn’t find out about this beer 2 weeks ago, but I’ll be sure to get my fill before the kegs finally kick.