Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a clear copper color with a thin creamy white head. Aroma of bourbon, butter and leafy hops. The taste is bourbon, butter and toasted malts. Medium bodied.
FatPhil (9975) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle (GBBF2011)
Sweet buttery bourbon aroma. Soft and mellow. Good malty body, good balance, easy to drink. Touch sweet and slick.
hopscotch (9952) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle… DLD’08… Lightly hazy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is of toffee and bourbon with suggestions of burned rubber and resin… the apparent olfactory theme of the day. Light-bodied and fizzy. Perfectly balanced, but bland and mostly flavorless… with the lone exception being a miniscule hint of bourbon. Crisp, clean, thin finish.
adnielsen (9690) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle with friends. Golden orange appearance with a khaki head. Caramel, chewy oak, vanilla, some bourbon, and a bit of fruit. Apple, heavy oak, tannic flavor. Not very good.
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Hand bottle sampled shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks Mike - special thanks for checking off another state for me!). Poured a medium and clear amber color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, light vanilla, caramel and some wood. Tastes of bourbon, caramel and light vanilla. Softer body. I thought the barrel aging was done well with the bourbon tastes not on the overpowering side. Thinner body. With the bourbon presence, I would have thought the ABV was stronger than 4.5%.
Beerhunter111 (9418) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein hell kupferfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Vanillie, Bourbon, holzig, malzig fruchtig. Geschmack holzig fruchtig, süß holzig, Vanille, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch.
Sammy (9233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A couple years’ ageing helped. Bourbon and mild roast nose. Though not thick, it’s a smooth mouthfeel with tons of foam. Bourbon and oak. A sipper.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005
Golden coloured smooth on the palate and hoppy. Creamy whisky flavour finish.
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle from Party Source. The beer is a clear amber-orange color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Thin ting of lacing with spots under it. The aroma is pretty much all bourbon, with maybe a hint of malt buried under it. Medium-bodied with a bourbon overkill character of which the smell warned. Touches of woody malt and hops but again the bourbon overwhelms. The finish is oak and bourbon with a lingering whiskey aftertaste. Not for me.
JoeMcPhee (8788) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber coloured beer with a thick white head. Deep strong bourbony aroma, toasted oak, caramel and heavy rich whisky. More bourbon character than any other bourbon beer I’ve ever had. It even seems to smell more alcoholic than the 4.5% ABV that is listed for it. Flavour is all bourbon up front, with a kiss of light cherry and some light caramel maltiness. Vanilla and oak finish that lasts forever. Very intense and comes across like a chilled, carbonated glass of bourbon. Some orangey flavour through the finish. It’s very intense, but it’s tough to finish. Too much bourbon character for such a light-bodied ale to handle.