ContemplateBeer (1507) - 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.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a clear amber with a one finger head that fades fast. The aroma was light but there were some really nice bourbon and caramel notes. the flavor was bourbon and caramel, sweet but not cloying, very interesting and enjoyable. The palate was so smooth, it was the best I have ever experienced in a beer, it was like velvet. Overall this was a really good beer, smooth, clean and enjoyable all the way.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Thanks Secret Santa! Pours an orange golden with perfect clarity and an off-white wispy head that fades. Tons of bourbon sweetness burn the nostrils- vanilla, more vanilla booziness, and just a touch of oak. Light, fluffy texture with a very sweet flavor. The bourbon masks what seems like a subparr base beer- an amber ale I have yet to have, at this point. Thin malt profile, some diacetyl, tons of vanilla sweetness- almost rum-like with only a kiss of oak when it warms up a bit. Some peppery alcohol towards the finish, as well as a papery note (oxidation). Lacking nuance and finesse. If you take a weak base beer and barrel age it, chances are you’re not going to end with a quality product.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Old Chicago in Lexington.
Pours fairly clear golden yellow with white head. Aroma is of light bourbon. Flavor is sweet and bourbony, but not really that interesting. Mouthfeel is about normal. Overall, it’s pretty good, but this is not really a beer that is much better aged in bourbon.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A little bourbon on the nose, but more butter rum. Rather odd, super vanilla-y flavor, like dry cream soda.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Butter’s 4th cellar reduction. Pours clear orange with a thin white head. Nose is strong alcohol and slight vanilla creaminess. Taste is buttery, vanilla and toffee. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and thick, I thought this was great.
Butters (3736) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Fourth Butters’ Cellar Clearance Event. Pours a clear gold. Nose is great bourbon and vanilla with no alcohol burn. Flavor is the same. Very good. Awesome.
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly smoky big vanilla nose. Creamy vanilla flavors. Simple but to the point. Like soft serve vanilla ice cream.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle at Butters’ 4th Cellar Reduction. Pours a lightly lacing off-white head with an amber body. Smells of vanilla and caramel. Tastes like vanilla and caramel. Smooth and very strong vanilla.