ludhaber (62) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden copper color with candy and caramel aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice buttery texture. Flavor contains a good sweet malt background with some nice caramel and vanilla notes from the barrel. A nice beer.
bigben873 (125) - Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vanilla and bourbon aroma, a hint of spice. Clear dark amber. Medium body, sweet finish. A bit ’light’ for a strong ale. -March madness 2014
AirForceHops (2717) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Purchased 12 oz. bottle from Top Shelf Brews. Orange / amber color without any head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla and caramelized sugars.
Flavor is decent, all bourbon character. Butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, sweet malts and corn. Very light carbonation. A tad cloying. Light alcohol notes in the finish. Medium body.
Overall for a mass produced bourbon barrel beer it doesn’t have any major flaws except it IS a mass produced bourbon beer that is all barrel notes. Not much else in the way of any other flavors other than bourbon. One dimensional but drinkable as a sipper.
Bendrixian (990) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. darker copper colour but surprinsingly clear. Has a real woodsy/oaky aroma with some cereal grains and some higher esters. Big beer with a sweet profile and a syropy texture. It is a pretty good brew if a touch too sweet.
rlpeeler (76) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap it is copper with very small head. Taste is bourbon and malt with some sweetness and alcohol. It is smooth but somewhat thin. Certainly drinkable but not quite on the mark.
Idiosynkrasie (3242) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Clear, deep orangey amber colour with small, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Malty aroma, notes of Bourbon, vanilla, a touch of leather. Taste is initially carbonation-induced dry, later the Bourbon comes through with hints of vanilla and leather. Seems to be light and watery in the beginning while the carbonation takes away most of the taste, better in the second part but pretty far from terrific.
Beerhunter111 (5524) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein hell kupferfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Vanillie, Bourbon, holzig, malzig fruchtig. Geschmack holzig fruchtig, süß holzig, Vanille, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch.
puboflyons (1883) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It is a very nice looking beer with its medium amber pour and thin off-white head. Moderate carbonation and good clarity. The aroma is caramel sweet and malty but I do not pick up much in the way of bourbon. Some. But it is similar to dozens of caramel malt lagers out there. The body is medium. The taste makes a bit of a comeback but it is mainly on the sweet side. Ready to run a 12 minute mile with its sweetness.
dlovell2 (567) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color with white head. Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla and bourbon aroma. Sweet Caramel malt, sugar cane, vanilla, bourbon, and oak flavors.
chicagotjm (4) - Chicago, USA - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Aroma: Definitely pick up the bourbon barrel but distinct lack of hops
Color: Clear amber hue
Taste: Light body, but lack of hops - which I was expecting given this is an "ale". Slightly sweet flavor with little bitterness.
Palate: Light body, maybe more consistent with a cream ale. Average carbonation with a light finish more similar to a lager for me.
Overall not quite what I was expecting. Definitely pick up the bourbon flavor, which is nice, but thought this was lighter on the ale flavor and struck me as more similar to a mass produced lager (sorry to say). The 8% ABV is hidden in the flavor and is surprisingly high.
Unfortunately not something I would come back to, but glad I gave it a try. However I prefer a more heavily hopped ale and this might be a good starting point for someone working their way up to IPA’s.