hayduke (4484) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 Poured a clear amber with a medium sized light tan head. Nose of bourbon, Not much else. Medium body and a carbonated mouthfeel. The flavor is sweet and an almost overwhelming bourbon barrel taste.l. Finish is alcoholic. Kind of one dimensional but improves on the Kentucky Ale from which it was derived.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap. Served in a snifter.
Appearance is a clear, light brown. There is a thin head that doesn’t stick around for long.
Smells overwhelmingly of bourbon with vanilla being the predominant smell.
At first sip there is a strong punch of bourbon. This is followed by vanilla along with some light oakiness. After sipping on the beer for awhile, the bourbon flavors subside and maltiness becomes much more predominant. I can detect very little alcohol flavor.
The mouthfeel is a little light but I don’t feel it is off-putting.
Overall I think this is a very good bourbon barrel beer. The body could be thicker but the beer is fairly well balanced and is an excellent sipper.
Christian (12573) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with lots of bourbon. Cloying sweet malt and bourbon flavour.
Lubiere (12572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beautiful orange cognac ale with a thin white head. In aroma, light peanuty malt, with bourbon infused butter pecans, interesting. In mouth, a smooth sweet buttered up nuts, like a liqueur, but a bit thin and simple. On tap at Meadhall, Oct. 10 2011.
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vintage Estates in Ohio. Decent tasting beer, because I love the taste of bourbon, I enjoyed this beer. There is a light taste of bourbon, nicely done from the lining of the bourbon barrels (creative). Well balanced beer, vanilla taste, and yes 8% abv. You can definitely taste this in the brew. One was enough for me.
Marheb (4501) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
À la manière de la Innis and Gunn, une ale sans personnalité sinon ce que le bourbon lui apporte. Vanille, caramel rehaussent légèrement son corps plutôt mince. Facile à boire cependant.
omhper (22896) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear amber, small coarse head. Evident bourbon/vanilla aroma. Sweet and buttery with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Mild with lasting flavours of caramel and bourbon. Low bitterness.
dykhuis7 (24) - New York, USA - OCT 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a transparent copper, thin white head. Aroma is faint with all of the following: vanilla, Bourbon, wood, maybe caramel. The taste is of vanilla and Bourbon, but where this beer loses me completely is the aftertaste. You’re left with a corn-type linger which is too eerily similar to some macro swill. Just can’t get past it.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, medium copper color with a thin white head. Interesting aroma of cherry, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The aroma slightly reminds me of New Glarus Enigma just not as strong. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation. Banana is the first flavor that comes to mind in this one followed by some bourbon notes like a watered down whiskey and coke. Lingers with a slight sweet bitterness. Taken as is the beer isn’t terrible but I’m not sold on this being anything great either. On the plus side, I think the booze is fairly well hidden. Curious how long this spent in bourbon casks. Oaked Arrogant Bastard slays this beer hands down.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours light amber with tiny white head. Aroma is bourbon and maybe a bit of caramel. Taste is watered down bourbon. I like beer and I like bourbon, but this just isn’t sure which it wants to be.