jds170 (30) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Vintage Estate. Clear golden pour with tight white head. Aroma of vanilla predominating, backed by a little alcohol. Flavor is again mostly vanilla, and some oak - not terribly interesting. Thin mouthfeel with abundant carbonation - less would have been better. Overall decent, but nothing to return to.
sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of bourbon!! And oak!! And flavor is bourbon!! And oak!! Yikes!! Light orange color; tiny white head. Medium-light body. I love oaked beers, and this has a really great, massive bourbon flavor, but itís over done and makes this one-dimensional.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. red in color with little head. I wasnt expecting much with this beer, but it turned out to be pretty good. Bourbon is the dominate flavor, with notes of carmel, vanilla, and maybe nuts. very good beer that i will have to try again.
FatguyRacer (158) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. This was a nice gift, so I feel bad for rating it so low. What sounds like a great idea, leaves a lot to be desired in the final product. To make it simple, thereís too much bourbon in my beer.
Frothmeister (587) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a reddish / amber with an off-white head, that disappears quickly. Aromas of caramelized sugar, apple cider, definite bourbon, oak. First I can honestly say Iíve never tasted a beer or smelled a beer like this. Itís pretty unique. The initial taste is sweet bourbon, but without any of the heavy corn notes I usually taste (and dislike) in most bourbons. I donít really get too much oak, but definite caramel, a little bubble gum, dried fruit. Big caramel in the finish. While itís definitely not a favourite, I appreciate the effort to make something different. Worth trying if you can find it.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with an off-white head. If you are a fan of bourbon, youíll love the aroma here-bourbon, vanilla, wood. Taste reflects the aroma. I liked this beer and would like to try it again.
fidelis83 (2005) - 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 (1200) - 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 (939) - 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 (5074) - 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.