BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’d previously had the Kentucky Ale, but when I ordered this at the Brews Cafe in Granville, I was expecting something dark....usually bourbon-barrel aging usually equals RIS, not an amber ale! Surprising, and different, but not the greatest outcome. THis beer had a ton of bourbon character without a ton of booziness, which is admirable, but somehow it seemed overly sweet to me and not all that drinkable.
Color is a clear and (for a barrel aged beer) surprisingly brilliant amber color with a fine head coating. Aroma is fruity, a touch boozy and very bourbon-y. Flavor was (thankfully) less boozy, but very bourbon-y and also quite sweet, perhaps too much so. A bit too sweet for my tastes, pretty astringent, and not much else to appeal to me besides some bourbon character. Just OK. Mouthfeel is dry and warming.
This beer was just sort of OK...not terrific. I had this on-tap at the Brews Cafe in Granville.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy sebletitje. Clear golden apple pour, some lacing, small head. Caramel nose, some brash bourbon, brown sugar and cotton candy. Some bitter cocoa flavors, with smooth bourbon and caramel, some dark fruit. Thin-bodied, soft, balanced, subtle enough to make it sessionable.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 12-oz bottle during Dark Lord Day ’09 at table 3. Pours a clear amber red colored brew with a thin off white foamy head. Aroma of sweet hops of caramel, a hint of vanilla and apples. Medium bodied. Tastes of caramel malt, a hint of bourbon, apples and vanilla. Finish has a sweet after taste with a light toffee and bourbon flavor and some alcohol presence.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2009
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle from my girlfriend’s trip to Louisville. Pours a clear amber, diminished head. Nose is straight bourbon, then some crisp apples (likely acetylaldehyde). Taste is much the same. The beer can’t hold the bourbon flavor in check and it ends up being a wreck. A little tart and appley but way way too much bourbon...
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber color with virtually no head or lacing. The aroma was sweet and sugary. Definite notes of bourbon, apple and coconut. The flavor was boozy, apple and coconut. The mouthfeel was slick and oily. It was like drinking suntan lotion.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of honey, caramel, grass, yeast, some hints of chocolate, bourbon, toffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, candy sugar, some hints of dark fruit. Generally medium body with an alcohol finish. Seemed just a little light in body.
bleeng (1510) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft in Columbus OH. Filtered and bright gold. Small head, very cold which does a disservice to the beer. Nose is bourbony-but not much else. Taste is sweet, sugary, super whiskey and quite a bit of alcohol. Very thin body. One dimensional-almost bourbon flavored water.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 Thanks sebletitje for the share; got to try it again thanks to phaleslu. Pours golden yellow with a white head. Nose is malt, vanilla, and light bourbon/ whiskey. Flavor is a nice blend of light malt, vanilla, and slight bourbon. Light bodied and somewhat sessionable for an 8.8% beer. Very enjoyable and lots of gentle yet present vanilla.
ContemplateBeer (1526) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma has some oaky notes along with some vanilla. Medium golden appearance with normally carbonated head. Flavor has a definite vanilla presence, as well as some oaky bourbon tinge as well. Palate is lightly creamy. Nothing spectacular or of note here.
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour.Orange-ish/Yellow color,fairly clear.Nice Bourbon smell,well balanced flavor,a little sweet,a little bourbon,a little oak.Smooth as can be,nice finish,doesn’t linger.I really recommend this beer highly.I can’t wait to get more.