tbopslt (326) - New York, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark clear pour, slight head. Very strong oak aroma with a healthy scent of bourbon. Flavor is coffee with a hint of vanilla. Not bad but not my favorite in the class.
puboflyons (1825) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It is a very nice looking beer with its medium amber pour and thin off-white head. Moderate carbonation and good clarity. The aroma is caramel sweet and malty but I do not pick up much in the way of bourbon. Some. But it is similar to dozens of caramel malt lagers out there. The body is medium. The taste makes a bit of a comeback but it is mainly on the sweet side. Ready to run a 12 minute mile with its sweetness.
dlovell2 (538) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color with white head. Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla and bourbon aroma. Sweet Caramel malt, sugar cane, vanilla, bourbon, and oak flavors.
chicagotjm (4) - Chicago, USA - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Aroma: Definitely pick up the bourbon barrel but distinct lack of hops
Color: Clear amber hue
Taste: Light body, but lack of hops - which I was expecting given this is an "ale". Slightly sweet flavor with little bitterness.
Palate: Light body, maybe more consistent with a cream ale. Average carbonation with a light finish more similar to a lager for me.
Overall not quite what I was expecting. Definitely pick up the bourbon flavor, which is nice, but thought this was lighter on the ale flavor and struck me as more similar to a mass produced lager (sorry to say). The 8% ABV is hidden in the flavor and is surprisingly high.
Unfortunately not something I would come back to, but glad I gave it a try. However I prefer a more heavily hopped ale and this might be a good starting point for someone working their way up to IPA’s.
evanheon (6) - - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel/vanilla aroma. A very nice, sweet taste. Again, caramel and vanilla flavors. A very nice sipping beer, but i think it would be hard to have more than one at a time
Beerenberger (1226) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pleasing nose of vanilla, whiskey, with hnta of toffee. A clear copper pour with no head or lacing. On the tongue sweet toffee, vanilla, and a wonderful whiskey flavor. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel was somewhat meh. Overall, while this beer is lightly sweeet, the taste lived up to the aroma - pleasing. That said I wouldn’t want to have more than one or two in a row.
daje (1799) - NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Amundsen, january 17th 2014. Copper colored body, small white head. Strong bourbon aroma with vanilla, peach, alcohol. Taste of bourbon, oak, caramel. Sweet and alcoholic finish. Seems a bit unbalanced to me, the bourbon taste is too dominant.
thebos (33) - Eatonton, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden brown with slightly off white head from 12oz bottle. Very heavy bourbon aroma; warm and rich. Taste, unfortunately, is just a little better than okay. Starts off well with Carmel/toffee, then quickly fades to bitter/sour. Leaves tart unpleasant taste and slight what feels like a yeast-y film. Still a light tasting and feeling beer for a high gravity.
AKORN (79) - Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Butter, toffee and alcohol aroma. Pour with a small head but a very clear amber color. Toffee, butterscotch, lite bourbon and bitterness taste. Taste lite for a 8.19 ABV. Good beer
bigguns22 (565) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is lite but very pleasant sweet and caramel. A medium body beer that has good bourbon flavors but is a little watery.
arminjewell (5588) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour on tap, clear orange pour with white head, aroma brought big boozy bourbon, oak, vanilla, slight earth into some biscuit, caramel, and toffee, very slight spice and yeast in there, but this is boozy and bourbon. Taste is all bourbon, lots of booze, fusels, and burn into some oak, vanilla, caramel, and toffee, finishing with more booze.