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 (1522) - 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 (1540) - 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.