Panzuriel (1384) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Served in a mini-snifter. Clear caramel colored liquid with a very fine head of white foam. Nose faintly of vanilla. This beer has a very definite bourbon quality. Taste is mild malt, almost no hop presence, more of the smooth vanilla and bourbon-ish notes. Body was rather thin, this was the most disconcerting part of this beer. Seemed watery. Finish was also rather blah. Overall, for some reason, I found this beer disappointing.
rollingwood (89) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, light gold pour. Prevalent bourbon bouquet. Medium body, sweet and alcoholic with expected overtones of vanilla and oak and the classic taste of bourbon. Malt is somewhat reminiscent of the treacle/diacetyl notes one associates with a Scotch Ale. Delightful brew that--from reading other reviews--I expected to be cloying. Happily, it cleverly bent the conventions of an American Strong and a Scotch Ale, resulting in an original and intriguing drink.
avalancher34 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beautifully served on draft in a tulip glass, this unique beer smells and tastes of a combination of mediocre beer with mediocre bourbon. Definitely something to try if you’re in Kentucky, but after the novelty wears off you find yourself wishing for something better.
mjmcend (209) - USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of cheap, cheap bourbon and some caramel malt. Golden orange in color with no head. Taste of some crappy bourbon followed with chocolate and earth notes. Finishes with a bit of the stomach churning of bad bourbon. If you want a beer that tastes like cheap bourbon, this is the closest I have had.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in an elongated tulip glass. The beer pours a clear light to medium amber hue, with a very faint white head. The nose initially shows a nice vanilla note, before some woodiness that, while noticeable, is hardly overwhelming. The palate contains a quite pleasing melange of malt, fruit, and spice flavors. Again, vanilla comes through in a way that seems more the result of exposure to oak than to artificial extracts. More subtle notes of medium English crystal malts come through, before a mid- to end-palate transition to what seem to be a cross between plumy esters and more remnants of oak exposure. As one might expect with an aged beer, hops are nowhere to be found, almost to a point in which the beer is too sweet. Alcohol is deftly hidden. Overall, enjoyable, complex, and nicely conceived.
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Gift bottle - Toffee liquid with off white head. Vague smoke on nose, mostly bourbon notes (Not Woodford, the wino-killing kind) and some sort of wax. Palate is a ton better, creamy apples not unlike apple crisp.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fruity nose with oak and hints of bourbon. Pours blonde with no head. Vanilla and bourbon flavors with butterscotch, not very complex, bourbon flavored soda.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber-orange glimmers under a fluffy white blanket. A few swirls leave spackles of lace before belching out a nose of bourbon and American white oak in epic proportions. Vanillin and vanilla extract, bourbon, soft white oak, vanilla cream, brown sugar, pie crust, caramel nougat, maple, and Swiss hot chocolate topped with those mini freeze dried white marshmallows that I would always eat first. I am taken back a bit by how thin his mouthfeel and body is in comparison to his nose; detrimental by no major means, but definitely at odds with first impressions. Weak up the front, in the middle maple and brown sugar melt and thoroughly coat all nooks, crooks, and crannies of my mouth. A short finish whispers of wood, vanillin, and Swiss hot chocolate. Golden pie crust works wonderfully with a dry woody finish while his middle continues to delight with bourbon, vanilla, maple, chocolate cream, black cherries, and graham crackers. On the downside, his middle is rather forceful and almost overwhelming with an intense sweetness that borders on a turn-off. He finished light and intense at the same time, a bit of a dichotomy I still feel today.
Overall, he was so bourbon forward ale that if one were to close their eyes, you could easily imagine you were drinking bourbon and not beer. I’m not really OK with that. No matter how much bourbon I enjoy in my beer, I still want to know I am drinking beer. If I want bourbon, I will drink bourbon. Not bad but not great; there is definitely a need for more balance in the Kentucky Bourbon Ale.
weihenweizen (2066) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2011 On tap at The Pub (great place) in downtown Louisville, Live on Fourth and had in bottle. Pours a clear light amber with small off-white head. Some lacing, medium carbonation, and light bourbon aroma. Taste is caramel malt, nice bourbon, a little oak with nice vanilla in the finish. This one is underrated get one.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet orange, vanilla, bourbon, and oak aroma and taste. Decent.