steelhead3686 (215) - Athens, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2011
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
First a disclaimer: Iím not a big bourbon fan. Pours a light brown (almost an apple juice/cider look). Very pungent with an alcohol aroma (smells like a cheap bourbon really). Very thin without much carbonation. This isnít what I expected at all but itís not terrible. Iím sure people that love bourbon or whisky would really like this beer.
thornecb (4113) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear amber into a tulip. White head crackles and quickly recedes leaving trailing lacing. Sweet simple syrup and bourbon aromas. Thin and sweet with sugar upfront followed by a mild bourbon and oak finish.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this on tap at Vintage Estate some months back and liked it enough to remember to pick up a bottle this last trip (yesterday)
Bottled version does not do my memory of it justice.
Appearance is just like someone splashed a few drops of Bourbon into a Bud. Sadly, the taste is pretty much like someone splashed a few drops of bourbon into a Bud light - or to be more accurate, probably itís the Lexington pale ale.
Thereís a vanilla, caramel, maltiness there, which I should like, given my proclivities. But, this is really not up to par with some of the heavier stuff. I guess itís a bit like the beers that put the fake lime or chili or whatever in it. Maybe this is a ballpark version of the Bourbon aged stuff that is out there. Though to be fair, there is a nice syrup quality to the mouthfeel and itís not a full-on fake flavor deal. Plus the high ABV is well-disguised, though also well-telegraphed by the bourbon taste. The aftertaste/finish is pleasing. Not as boozy a feel as youíd expect. Mellow.
Honestly the idea that someone just poured a light beer into a glass that still had some Kentucky bourbon in it is hard to shake or get past.
Not one Iíd get again. But not offensive in any way. The mellowness and lack of any real problems is what made me give it a b-. If youíre working your way through the bourbon-modified beers, this should go on your list.
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cidery aroma with notes of oak, toffee and vanilla. Pours crystal clear and light orange with a modest white head. Butterscotch and toffee sweetness up front on tasting with oak and vanilla flavorss in background. Fairly light bourbon character after initial sweetness fades. Light carmel toffe note in the finish. Very smooth and enjoyable. Light to medium body. Soft mouthfeel. Overall quite enjoyable and refined.
beerfest5 (1026) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an interesting one because although I applaud a brewer that thinks outside the box and tries to create a beer using new techniques, this one is a little bit of a bust. Great idea though, we have oaked aged beers, wine barrel aged beers, why not bourbon barrel aged beers? Great idea in theory, not so good in practice, the bourbon dominates both the aroma and flavor, and leaves what was probably a decent blond ale into an ultra sweet, butterscotch flavored beer. the first taste is not bad, but this is one of those that gets more annoying until the last mouthful is a chore.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium-small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma and flavor are butterscotch, bread, cookie, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet finish.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, thanks ? Small off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, light prune. Taste is moderately sweet, butterscotch, orange, some Bourbon, raisin. Light-medium body, fairly smooth.
Jethro6191 (393) - Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured dark amber with a fleeting white head. Cherry, vanilla, and bourbon notes. Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet honey and bourbon nose. Taste is moderately sweet, no bitterness, lots of honey, light citrus, heavy vanilla.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a clear medium gold with some orange highlights. The carbonation is bad, no head rises, no lacing, the beer looks oily.
The aroma is pretty light, giving off light notes of vanilla, oak, and candy sugar at the end.
The taste is really weird, there is some distinct vanilla but its combined with alcohol and sugar.
The feel is super light and watery feeling without much of an aftertaste or feel.
Drinkability is pretty good.
Overall, this beer is really weird. Its like drinking a light barrel ris thatís combined with a pilsner. Not a great combo.