bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred’s the man. Pours hazy darkish amber with a foamy near beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, treacle and maybe bourbon/vanilla. Med body. Flavor is dark fruit, treacle, chocolate, bourbon/vanilla and some astringent oak. Nothing overpowering here, but it’s reasonably complex and everything works well together. Didn’t notice the heat until it hit my lower throat - very warming down there. It’s fruity bourbon in the finish - not too strong - just about right. This is really well done.
hamilton23 (604) - Alpine, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at KnB. Pours a nice copper color with a bit of off-white head. Aroma is tons of bourbon, caramel, some dried fruits and vanilla. Taste follows the nose. Slightly sweet, with a nice amount of caramel and dried fruits. An incredibly well balanced beer. The high ABV is very well hidden. Nice job. I cannot wait for these bottles to be released.
StefanSD (2072) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a small off-white head that soon fizzes down to a fine film and ring. The nose is dominated by bourbon whiskey with vanilla, sherry and something sassafras-like. The taste is rich and complex with bourbon flavors and oak. Besides whiskey, the taste also features, vanilla, sherry, dark fruits, toffee and a bit of root-beer. The palate is somewhat uneven starting thin and building to a thick and pasty conclusion. The carbonation is lively and the alcohol is well hidden. Finishes very long and dry with a lingering aftertaste of bourbon and anise. Overall: Crazy good brew, fans of bourbon barrel aged beers will want to try this one.