fidelis83 (1791) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle bonused in a trade with phaleslu, thanks Peter! Pours a medium orange-amber with a 1 finger off white head that fades to a thick ring and skim pretty quickly. Aroma is pretty big on caramel, light toasted nuts, vanilla, oaky bourbon, maple syrup, creme brule, dry leaves and sweet straw, not a very strong aroma, but fairly complex. Flavor is caramel, toffee nuts, vanilla, light bourbon, straw, maple syrup, fairly strong mineral notes and light, sweet tobacco. Palate is suprisingly quite light bodied and dry throughout with a very heavy and sharp carbonation that really cuts into the flavor experience, but the brew would probably be a little more awkward without it. This beer has a nice, sweet, pleasant aroma, but the flavor and palate donít live up to it. On a side note itís really hard to believe that this stuff is 8.8%abv with such a light body.
degbert (963) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2010
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from bottle. Amazing nose of brown sugar, vanilla, toast, and oak; this is easily one of the best smelling beers Iíve ever had. It has a bourbon coloration with very little head. Taste is savory; while there are toffee and sugar notes, thereís no sweetness to the beer and it has an almos brothy overtone. Almost no carbonation leaves a somewhat flat mouthfeel. An odd mixed bag; Iíd rather smell it than drink it.
matthewjk (843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$3 / single 12oz bottle - Hmmm...bit confusing to rate this one. I really like the bourbon aroma coming off this--surprisingly strong. Nice amber appearance too, but Iím not sure if bourbon flavor goes well with ale. I honestly just donít know if this works because this is the only beer I have tried that has has attempted to meld the two distinct flavors. Iím giving it more than a passing grade as of now--until further tastings. Very unique beer.
Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma is equal parts butterscotch and vanilla. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor stars with light-moderate butterscotch. The finish has light vanilla, a faint fruit, and a hint of bourbon. The butterscotch lingers in the aftertaste. I donít like butterscotch. Light-medium bodied with somewhat lively carbonation.
fhamrick (19) - , Kentucky, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorites. An incredibly smooth beer with the perfect amount of bourbon taste.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours clear amber color with white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak. Iím also getting some coconut; weird. The usual flavors from a bourbon barrel; bourbon, vanilla and some oak. If you star with a beer that isnít so good, barrel aging can only improve it so much. Medium body with average carbonation. Not bad for what it is. Thanks Peter.
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
slight oak to the aroma but not much else. rather pale body with a white head. taste is disappointing, just a slightly sweet finish. I think i may classify this as a waste of bourbon barrels
strap (371) - honolulu, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2010
1.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
i like bourbon, and i like beer. unlike reeses peanut butter cup, these are not 2 great things that go great together. overdid it on the bourbon. it tasted like a bourbon/budweiser mixture. not much redeeming here, other than the aroma. i love the smell of bourbon.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Pours a clear amber with a thin deminishing off white head. Laces fairly well. Aroma is of whisky, spice, and vanilla. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is like a whisky with carbonation. Has a medium body. The texture is slick. A decent finish with a good aftertaste. This is really like a sipping beer. Not to be rushed. Different but not bad. They really hit the bourbon barrel thing well. A good sipping beer on a cold night.
wxman (1323) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber color with a decent off white head. Aroma is sweet malt and smoky spice. Bourbon barrel flavor comes through right up front along with the sweet roasted malt, caramel, vanilla and a bit of smokiness. This is a pretty decent effort for a little guy company. Labeling looks cheap, so that was deceiving. Donít be fooled, try it. Well worth it!