Chuckaduck (640) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a rusty copper color with a very thin head. Aroma is all bourbon up front with not too much else going on. Taste is similar; lots of bourbon, some vanilla, a little sweet. This isn’t bad but there’s not a great deal of complexity here; bourbon with bubbles in a bottle. It’s drinkable but it isn’t something to go out of your way for. Though it is surprisingly smooth for the strength; I will give it that.
WillRunForBeer (638) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Grill Next Door. Pours a nice clear amber with a lacy white head. Aroma of pencil eraser, vanilla. Flavor is a caramel malt forward amber with some bourbon notes. A bit thin, but better than it’s ratings here would indicate.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Aroma: Nice bourbon and woody notes. Brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Behind all that bourbon and wood is a light and sweet maltiness. Appearance: Dark golden in color and clear. Off-white head was small and frothy with fair retention. Not much lacing. Flavor: Bourbon and oak front and center. Coconut, brown sugar, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, wood. Sweet maltiness is the backbone for all that. Not much bitterness and a sweet finish. Palate: Medium-light bodied and watery at times. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Although I enjoyed this, there was much room for improvement. The base beer seems too flimsy to support all that bourbon barrel flavor. Weak mouthfeel. Some more hops would offset the sweet finish.
valpoaj (627) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap pour - comes lighter than anticipated - a medium copper body with no head to speak of. Aroma is heavily oaked, full of sweet malt, hint of vanilla, mild caramel, and strangely, no bourbon to speak of, but all of this is along side a strong butterscotch note. I hate saying this, but the flavor bordered on a disaster...lots of cloyingly sweet, sugary hard candy flavor (the butterscotch is here - is it diacetyl or is it actually desired?!?), heavy wood notes, some vanilla, malt and again, little bourbon. Palate is medium and was good, I guess. Heavy disappointment - wondering if the keg was bad or what was up...this was just not a good drink.
PhatB420 (623) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz into a stemmed boulevard glass, pours a nice orange/copper mix, head a small and nicely coushioned and rings the glass wiht sproadic islands. Aroma is boozy, bourbon, rye, whiskey, vanilla, some ripe cherry and cough syrup. Taste is more whiskey, vanilla, oak/cedar and lush apples and berries. Abv is noticeable but does not subtract from the enjoyment. Its a smooth drinker with the bourbon leading the way down the hatch, there is also a sweetness in the aftertaste reminiscant of sweet rasins and licorice. Im curioius to try just the kentucky ale to really see where this is develped from. A nice sipper, but goes down faster than one would think as the drinkability is very fluid.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very unusual. Transparent penny copper with a thin white ring for a head. The bourbon and vanilla permeate the nose. Medium bodied, it has the mouthfeel of an amber ale, but shows the barrel character. A nice sipper, but a really clipped finish.
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper pour. Boozey , some caramel, burnt oak. More bubbly than I anticipated. Sweet. Almost like ginger ale. Not bad but a bit lackluster
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high_on_hops (612) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a medium amber red with a foamy off-white head and lacing. It has a nice aroma of bourbon and vanilla with some woody notes, and the flavor is definite bourbon up front with some more vanilla, a slightly malty middle and bourbon aftertaste.
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dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sweet, thought I was sipping on a whiskey light, aroma of bourbon, amber color, poured in a 10 ounce glass on tap, one of these was enough for me
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark amber in color with no head forming on the pour. Smell is sweet and alcoholic. Not necessarily a bourbon smell, but a sweet alcohol. Taste is overly carbonated and cheap bourbon. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. I was hoping more from a brewery that is located in the backyard of bourbon. But it seems that they neither care about their beer nor their bourbon. The Jefferson’s Reserve Stout is lightyears better.
A disclaimer is that I’ve heard this beer is an entirely different animal on draft compared to bottle. I’ll seek it out on draft and update my rating accordingly.