rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Ginger Man, NYC. Clear copper/golden beer with an offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, toffee, candy, vanilla notes, some bourbon. Bourbon flavor, lots of vanilla, oak, fruity, rather sweet, some toffee. Bourbon finish with vanilla and oak notes.
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a syrupy wooded golden-copper with an off-white head two-to-three fingers in length. Sinks gradually. Smells strongly of artificial vanilla/vanillin, tree bark, cream soda and some cognac and whiskey heat, but nothing to indicate this has hops. Tastes stronger of caramel malts, ash, that barely drinkable vanillin compound, corn syrup, expired bourbon and animal sauce. It had tasted mainly of flavor-injected chemicals used to cheapen the expenses of labor. Also, where were the hops?
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Sweet Grass Dairy. LIght copper pour with a foamy white head. Nose is vanilla, caramel, booze and oak. Taste is sweet vanilla and malt throughout with a boozy finish. Not that memorable.
HeadyDE (756) - Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite surprised by this, golden color expecting a darker hue, but not present, slight head. Nose..booze, vanilla, faint oak..taste really reminds me of a cream soda, albeit an adult version. Interesting mouthfeel and the abv makes itself known, however nothing really is memorable..Ok
illiniphil (148) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one unique beer. Pours a copper color with very little head. Aroma is pure whiskey. Taste starts out with whisky, vanilla notes - makes you think your not drinking beer. But then it quickly turns and finishes with lots of malty, bready yeast. Very interesting.
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jmohno (1533) - Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 Pour is copper orange,mild head,clear.
Aroma is big wisky,oak fresh toasted ,bready sweet carmel.
Taste is same medium bodied toasted malt base with wisky Overall its a cereal toasty aroma.
F lavor,woody oak slight vanilla.Wisky bourbon up front Some very mild fruit orange like citrus tones. Mildly sweet carmel cereal,medium body base .Mild finish but slight wisky harsh finish.Like a mild wisky shot. Kinda good and unusual, would have to say,this is definatly a good example of a bourbon barrel ale,if you like that. Its a strong character of the beer. They delivered well with the bourbon barrel,
AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Saloon on Calhoun. Pours pale orange with a foamy white head. Nice lacing sliding down the glass. Aroma has apricots, and other fresh fruit, vanilla and some woodiness. Taste is of vanilla and sweet toffee with a hint of fruit. Dry and not too thick, the bourbony vanilla is the predominant flavor. Finishes vanilla-y sweet without a real alcohol presence. I could not have guessed the style being tried for here. A pale on oak casks?
Cybercat (5170) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a thick and rather persistent fluffy ivory head. Malty aroma has a strong, oaky overtone of bourbon barrel and a hint of caramel. Bourbon and oak dominate the flavor, but not too much, letting through malty and subtle fruity notes plus a caramel hint. Firm texture has OK fizz and leaves a nice bourbon-barrel finish. I hope that this is a year-round beer and not a one-and-done special.
Hcgiii (30) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has bourbon Tate then riles into a good "lager-type" flavor. Light bourbon after-taste.
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fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A-- Poured a near clear, light colored carmel. One finger of white head that faded to a white collar. Just bits of spotty lacing one sides of the glass.
S-- Barrel notes all over the place. Oak, bourbon, big vanilla, and Carmel. Vanilla dominated the nose through drinking.
T-- See above. Reminded me of a vanilla wafer as had a bit of crisp wafer taste along with the vanilla.
M-- Quite a thin body. Not a lot of the base beer to notice as the barrel character, vanilla, just dominated the beer. Slightly sweet feel and a lot of dry vanilla.
O-- Had this in Louisville on tap in July 2011 and loved it. Bottle version??? Not so much. Really dominated by vanilla. Would get it again if on tap only. Was far more balanced on tap.