LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a rapidly subsided head. It fades to near nothing within a minute.
Aroma: Graham cracker, bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate covered caramel, dark fruit.
Taste: Dark chocolate, raisin, prune, toast, burn caramel, nutmeg, oak, bourbon.
Mouthfeel: Warm, low yet lively carbonation, thick but not sticky.
Overall: The most barrel forward beer from Karl Strauss to date! If you can snag one of these, make sure to share it with someone. It’s big and tasty, but trying to drink the entire bottle yourself will be a chore. Definitely cellarable.
marcus (6421) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a rich tan head and an alcohol and treacle aroma. There is a slightly sour dark molasses and vanilla flavor with a bourbon trail.
bhensonb (10908) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours ruddy dark brown with a foamy beige/tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, treacle, and substantial woodiness. Full bodied. Flavor is lightly treacle, very oaky/sour, and quite dark fruit. Flavor oscillates over sour/treacle/wood. Complex and very interesting. And quite tasty.
baraciisch (1806) - USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel in color, aroma of bourbon oak, notes of caramel, dark fruits with oak and bourbon notes throughout... Solid
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thetmaxx (745) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap for beer week! Aroma is very strong of the alcohol from the bourbon. Flavor might be pure bourbon. Not getting much doppelbock. Kind of a miss to me. I really wanted the doppelbock to come through.
TheHOFF43 (1749) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at brewery. Pours dark with khaki head. Aroma is oaky, some sweet fruits. Taste is dry oak, something off-putting about this. Really disappointing.
ABUSEDGOAT (2354) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lighter orangish brown color, moderate to small light tan head, some lace/retention. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, light alcohol. Medium bodied, moderate sweetness, light alcohol. WAY too much barrel character. Reminds me of stuff I used to drink from Weyerbacher.
brokensail (10744) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 18, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
On tap @ Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Almost black in color with a small, short lived, khaki head. Aroma is quite boozy. Lots of alcohol, bourbon, and a bit of acetone. Some green apple, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Kind of seltzery, too. Flavor is boozy, harsh, and acidic. Lots of alcohol, green apple, and acetone. Some oak, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very mild dark fruit/raisin and nuts. Not really any redeeming qualities to this.
Hopman1 (32) - apple valley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is definitely something special . It has a deep dark brownish reddish hue and the flavor has so much going on. I’ll do my best to describe the notes I’m getting . In the nose you have a malty, yeasty characteristics , you also have that oak bourbon caramel in the backdrop. There is not much carbonation nor a head just a light silky lace on top. The flavor is dramatic , heavy on the mouth feel , nutty ,vanilla and slight light bourbon note on the back end , raisins and dried fruit detected as well . This brew is a smack on the kisser!!!
I definitely recommend this potion its something different and very enjoyable. Cheers!!!
oneinchaway (4) - Tarzana, USA - FEB 12, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with amber hue and med to low carbonation. Strong smells of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is very similar with strong bourbon presence and vanilla flavor with notes of caramel, toffee, and oak. Overall this is definitely a brew for lovers of bourbon forward beers which I am. Possibly my fav anniversary beer from Karl Strauss.