thorongil2 (1970) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) clear amber colour with small white head; aromas of toffee, caramel, vanilla; sweetish flavour with noticeable alcohol; creamy palate
oldmanwhitaker (2) - Milledgeville, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2012 does not count
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some odd notes. Strong vanilla tones. Thick on the tongue but easy to drink. Overall, a good and rich beer.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle shared by atom. I saw bourbon barrel ale and I assumed this was going to be something darker in color, but his pours clear and golden in color with a small white head. Head quickly dissipates to some sparse bubbles around the neck. It looks nice for something like an ipa, but this is not what I would expect from something aged in bourbon barrels. Pretty harsh, and boozy aroma, with some vanilla, oak, and a bit of chocolate appearing. Too much like bourbon, and not enough like a beer in the aroma for this to be pleasing. If I was drinking whiskey this would be nicer. Very thin on the palate. Grains, some vanilla, a bit of chocolate, but nothing much else is present with this. Really watery and just plain bland.
SonOfBrom (2) - - JAN 3, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Shallo’s in Indianapolis and from a bottle on New Year’s. Aroma and Taste are both primarily bourbon - oak/sweet vanilla. This is a good thing as far as I’m concerned. I also noticed some caramel, but this was exactly what I expected based on the label. At 8%, I had anticipated more of a bite or warming from the alcohol but didn’t notice it. Overall, I enjoy the as a scotch/whisky/bourbon fan, I really enjoyed finding similar flavors in an ale. Great for sipping in the winter when I need something other than a Stout or Porter, but not something I would want more than two of in a session.
joegtg092y (1) - Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2012 does not count
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
amazing smell, and sweet tasting and good in most respects, but too light, and lacks strong enough of taste to be a really good beer.
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Red tinged orange with a white ring of head that remains after the first few seconds of the pour. Kernel double caramel popcorn, bubblegum, weet vanilla, bourbon although grain alcohol is also very present. Sorta like screech / watered down bad bourbon, sweet and thin, moderate carbonation, bit of corn alcohol, little dry and vegetbly on the end, not overly complex and lacks depth. Not good.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours light orange with thin white head. Looks like your regular macro in the glass. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and buttered popcorn. Taste of vanilla, bourbon, and stale beer. Just like what a macro beer would taste like if you poured a shot of bourbon in it. Not done well at all.
Chudwick (2542) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft in a snifter. Pours clear caramel with light white head. Nose is bourbon and smoked wood. Aroma is bourbon and cherry. Taste is sweet. Boiler maker anyone? Honestly I’d prefer a Budweiser and a shot of bourbon.
gregf (1) - Vermilion, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
caught me by suprise, the bourbon smell and taste were just right with a vanilla flavor and a nice roasted malt . Very drinkable, be carefull for the high gravity sets a very mellow feeling quickly.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear amber with a very thin white head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, beef jerky, sweet malt and light alcohol. Taste of malt, fake sugar, moderate bourbon with an artificial cola-like quality to it. It reminded me a bit of cream soda.