smoosh (533) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - this one is quite unusual. Typically the bourbon barrel aged brews are much bigger than a 4.5% amber and it really allows the bourbon to show through. Sweet aroma of malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Pale amber bodied with a smallish beige head. Very sweet flavor, bordering on cloying. Fairly full-bodied. A very nice surprise.
NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a see-through shade of light amber with no real head to speak of. This is another one of those beers that has gigantic amounts of bourbon characteristcs infused from this process. It smells pretty much exactly like Kentucky whiskey, just a bit watered down obviously. Rich bourbon flavor as well, very strong on vanilla. Though some beery notes are detected in the finish. They come out in faint hints of sweet malt. There is also a hidden bitter note, but I canít tell if itís from the use of hops or something derived from barrel aging. I enjoy a glass of Bourbon every now and then, so I do like this well enough. I think it couldíve been better by being more robust. Oh, and itís very humorous that the commercial description uses the word "subtle" to convey the vanilla/oak taste.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a very small off-white head that mostly diminished, very sparse lacing, visible carbonation, transparent, and an orange hue. Nose was vanilla, massive amount of boubon and some smokiness. Flavor was somewhat sweet, vanilla, thin, and definitely bourbon. Mouthfeel was vinuous and thin. Light-medium body. This reminded me more of a mixed drink with bourbon and it did of a beer. Interesting brew.
shrubber85 (6510) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Vanilla cream, campfire smoke, and bourbon aroma. Nice amber color with small head. Smoky malt and light bourbon flavor with fairly strong vanilla flavor coming out and lasting well after swallowing. High acidity that gives a tingling sensation to the lips. Nice oak aftertaste. Very nice - really more like a bourbon and soda than a beer. Really like this beer, but I also love bourbon so really is the best of both worlds.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours yellow/orange color with a small white head that dissapears quickly. Sweet malty aroma with only a hint of bourbon and oak. Flavor is sweet and oaky with some vanilla. the finish is long and bordering on too sweet. I think there is something to this beer, it just needs to be balanced out somehow.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to NachlamSie. Pours an apple juice color with thin white bubbly head. The aroma is slightly smoky and sugary with some fruit. The taste is very sugary with some whisky notes and a little bit of strawberry. It ends in a somewhat alcoholic finish with a woody aftertaste.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Draft at music city brewers festival. Pours orange amber wih a wisp of a head. Sweet aroma of bourbon, vanilla and malt. Nice malty backbone that is sweet and bready, but headliner for flavor is the bourbon, which is sweet and smooth, with notes of vanilla, somewhate Southern Comfort esque. Not hot or woody. Very one dimensional, but in a good way. I enjoyed this and always get a sample at the MCBF every year. Would be a good crossover beer for those getting into barrel aged type beers.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler purchased at the party palace. Pours orange and clear with no head. Vanilla is the predominant aroma and maybe some wood hints and sweetness. Buttery? Sweet (but not syrupy) with oak vanilla and cotton candy hints. Creamy mouth feel and buttery came to mind again. Funky stuff. Itís like whiskey cream ale.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Kevin at the post DL06 tasting: Pours a clear pale bronze with a thin-lacing white head. Sweet caramel butterscotch candy aroma has some vanilla bean character. Body starts with a good sweet caramel maltiness turning more dry, slightly earthy and butterscotchy toward a drier, somewhat thin finish. An interesting brew, but nowhere near worth what they charge for this.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught. Clear copper color with scant white head and no lace. Smells of light whiskey, oak, and subdued malty caramel. Flavor is similar. Not very exciting, but decent and the barrel flavor is not cloying, as are some of these barrel aged beers.