Florya (998) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
How: Bottle. Appearance: Amber, off-white head. Aroma: Caramel, pine, vanilla. Palate: Medium body, medium carbonation.
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.
gopherfan99 (983) - CROATIA - APR 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, copper pour with a thin white head, sweet taste with vanilla and toffee, the oak flavor is noticeable but not strong, good taste
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’d previously had the Kentucky Ale, but when I ordered this at the Brews Cafe in Granville, I was expecting something dark....usually bourbon-barrel aging usually equals RIS, not an amber ale! Surprising, and different, but not the greatest outcome. THis beer had a ton of bourbon character without a ton of booziness, which is admirable, but somehow it seemed overly sweet to me and not all that drinkable.
Color is a clear and (for a barrel aged beer) surprisingly brilliant amber color with a fine head coating. Aroma is fruity, a touch boozy and very bourbon-y. Flavor was (thankfully) less boozy, but very bourbon-y and also quite sweet, perhaps too much so. A bit too sweet for my tastes, pretty astringent, and not much else to appeal to me besides some bourbon character. Just OK. Mouthfeel is dry and warming.
This beer was just sort of OK...not terrific. I had this on-tap at the Brews Cafe in Granville.
Tessic (967) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This ale poured a amber colour with not much of a head at all. To the nose there was scents of bourbon, butter and alcohol. First sip was buttery with smoke flavour. Notes of whiskey, buttered veggies and ???. Almost an oily mouthfeel. The finnish is thick and full of bourbon flavour.
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.
corkyrory66 (962) - BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2015
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Une ale aged in oak bourbon barrels des bonnes distilleries du Kentucky, pour un niveau abv de 8,2 %. Malt d’orge et malt de froment.
Couleur roux moyen, à la clarté nette.
Bulles moyennes, partout, peu nombreuses.
Mousse qui est un nappage à fin tissage au niveau de la surface.
Arômes de fût de bourbon, miel de tilleul et d’acacia, malt cara, pâte d’amandes.
1ère bouche liquide sur ale et bourbon, mais dans un mélange non homogène. Le blend n’a pas fonctionné …
Arrière-bouche sucre candi, rhum, miel, malt, mais sans harmonie.
2ème davantage mielleuse que « bourbonnée » …
Arrière-bouche plus courte, sans entrain.
3ème sur pommes cuites, poire, ananas chaud.
Arrière-bouche sans équilibre, ni complexité.
Longueur comme une guitare désaccordée … ça grince !!
Jambes groupées, fines.
Levure fine, mais beaucoup trop faible pour une bière en barrel.
Alcool bien, sans plus, et aucun effet sur l’ensemble.
Finale où on frôle la grimace.
CONCLUSION : de bonnes idées, de bons fûts peut-être, mais pas de bière dessous et
aucune harmonie... A oublier !! Pour ma part, je me suis vite préparé une crème glacée ...
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Pours a clear amber with a thin deminishing off white head. Laces fairly well. Aroma is of whisky, spice, and vanilla. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is like a whisky with carbonation. Has a medium body. The texture is slick. A decent finish with a good aftertaste. This is really like a sipping beer. Not to be rushed. Different but not bad. They really hit the bourbon barrel thing well. A good sipping beer on a cold night.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this at the brewery about 6 years ago in a bottle that came off the line and had never been capped. This rating will be for a draft pour I had last weekend at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA. Snifter pour. Translucent light amber color. Really shines in the glass. Very fragrant sweet bourbon nose. Taste is a little thin and watery considering the bold aroma. It’s basically a one dimensional light amber ale that was flavored with bourbon barrels.
mike67 (953) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Oxford, OH. Pours orange with a long lasting white head. Nose is of caramel, tropical fruit, vanilla and cacao. Body is medium, crisp. Taste is funky yeast, vanilla, alcohol, topical fruit, citrus, bourbon, and cacao. Finish is medium and semi-dry. Interesting brew.