Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is one that is very much aimed at the barrel-aged first, beer second crowd--not that thereís anything wrong w/ that. Itís a headless orange brew and very cloudy. Nose is of bourbon and a bit of vanilla w/ some citrus and a nutty sherry like note. This is a bit on the sweet side, a little flat and overall dominated by a coconut-like bourbon note. It is interesting to see bourbon character w/o heavy roast notes like you do in so many barrel aged imperial stouts and the like but, honestly, I do think it works better in that context.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve never seen this before-so I decided to try it today on-tap at Vintage Wine and Estates.
A- Body is a nearly transparent dark copper hue that is served with the perfect 1/2 finger foamy white head. The head has perfect retention the whole way down the glass.
S- Nose is pretty much what you would expect. Full of whiskey, rye, and malted barley. A hint of bourbon sweetness comes through but nothing really fantastic.
T- Hot, fresh, bourbon everywhere. Not aged enough to have that note of sweetness. A hint of malted barley and maybe rye in the background. A hint of wet oak as well. Finish is moderately astrigent and leaves behind a decent size alcohol heat.
M- Medium carbonation and medium weight body. More of a classic ale mouthfeel than a hot astrigent one.
D- This is a decent beer overall. It offers exactly what it advertises-bourbon flavor. Pretty one dimensional and not much else to it. Ironically-Iíve come across BBL "stouts" with an identical profile with the exception of the appearance.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-05-2010 00:44:05
popery (1612) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2011 Bottle. Interesting but not my cup of tea. Itís fun to try a smaller bourbon barrel beer, and the size doesnít seem to be the factor putting me off. Itís just intensely sweet in aroma and taste. Thereís so much vanilla, caramel and bourbon in there that I was having some trouble getting it down at first. It reminds me of watered-down bourbon, which doesnít sound bad to me, but itís just overwhelming, ultimately. Mouthfeel is fairly thick. Iím astounded that this beer is only 4.5% abv because it has some serious booze notes from the barrel. It smells a lot like a just-drained glass of Buffalo Trace or something. In the right frame of mind, I might really like this beer, but itís definitely not an everyday thing unless you canít get enough of sweet bourbon notes. Appearance is a clear gold with a smallish white head. Very interesting beer.
Edit - the beer is definitely not 4.5% abv. The abv is listed on the bottle as 8.19%.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Pours a golden amber with a very small white froth. Aroma is bourbony and a touch woody with some sweet caramel notes and some graininess. Flavor starts exactly like watered down bourbon, very woody and straight bourbony. Picks up some vanilla notes but not much of it. Some sweet graininess in the disappointing finish. Medium body and a soft carbonation. This style didnít hold up well to the aggressive bourbon note they had in it, making it very much like watery bourbon.
conciergeman (73) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful vanilla notes hit the nose hard right away. The beer poured a very uncarbonated golden haze. There was a lack of head, but this did not take away from the primary flavors. Very tasty background bourbon flavors without the alcohol burn. Not my favorite flavor in the world, but they captured it very nicely. A treat in how it is uniquely aged, but not a go to in the future. Glad i tried it.
JStax (3551) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into an English pint glass. Appearance is a translucent amber to copper color with a pillowy, quickly dissipating beige head that dissipates to a soapy layer on the top of the beer. Aroma is mostly bourbon, but I pick up on some vanilla notes with a bit of pilsner-esque characteristics in the background. The bourbon aroma lingers longer than any other. Taste is like a whiskey that doesnít pack the punch in the stomach that I have come to expect out of the liquor. At first, the taste is fruity and light, but as the beer finds a home on the tongue, I pick up on some vanilla and wood notes. There is just some light carbonation on the tongue throughout the drink. This isnít particularly a beer to chug, which, if going by the ABV alone, a person would not expect to find.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at vintage estates in boardman OH then brought two bottles home. Poured a clear dark yellow orange color with medium foamy offwhite head. Aroma is a bit of vanilla sweetness with lots of bourbon booziness. Flavor is dominated by the bourbon flavor, slight oaky woodiness, some sweetness in the base. Overall, this is as close to bourbon that Iíve seen in a beer. Definitely a sipper.
osu97gp (671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear orange color with a thin white head. Aroma of vanilla and oak. Flavor of vanilla, sugar, and butter. Flavor of vanilla and bourbon. Not bad.
LinusStick (2972) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a nice surprise. I ordered this at Vintage Estate thinking it was Kentucky Breakfast and was surprised to see the light color. After digging on RB I see itís a different beer. Aroma was decent. All vanilla and oak with nothing else...just a little subdued. Pour was a nice medium gold with a one finger white head. Taste was delicious. Strong vanilla and bourbon flavors with just hints of wood. Very creamy. Medium carbonation round the beer out. This is a good beer.
CanIHave4Beers (3539) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light orange with a big head. The aroma is marmalade and alcohol up front but certainly is dominated by the unmistakable distinct aroma of college party jungle juice made with Hawaiian Punch. The flavor is lots of charred wood and vanilla. There is a nice bitterness and it tastes a lot nicer than it smells.