mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. bottle, 2010 vintage, with a huge thanks to WeisGuy for the hookup! Pours a dark cola color with some ruby highlights and a thin and whispy covering that settles to a moderate ring. Aroma is just lovely, with loads of candied dark fruits, rich toffee and caramel, some vanilla and oak, more overripe mashed dark fruits, just a whiff of bourbon and some thick molasses. Wow, right up my alley! Flavor follows along stunningly, with more big notes of toffee, caramel, candied and ripe dark fruits, vanilla, oak, and some bourbon. Only a hint of prickliness on the palate with some warmth. The big ABV is there but very much in the background. Stellar all the way around and certainly did not disappoint, I could sip on this all night. Thanks again Shane!
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 My goodness this is great stuff. Received a 4 pack in a trade. Pour us very murky brown with a very thin tan head that only hangs around the rim. Nose is huge on bourbon but very distinct vanilla, wood and toffee notes. Taste is absolutely fabulous with a great bourbon kick but not nearly as hot as others I have had that that spent less than 6 months in the bottle. Flavors are similar to the non BA version. The only ding I would give is it feels a little heavy on the palate. I realize that is common for the BAs but I just wanted to throw it out there. It is certainly worth every bit of the $28/4 pack and will likely be even better in about 1-2 years.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Rattle for the Kuhnhenn takeover. Pours dark brown with a bit of head. Very strong bourbon aroma, nutty, toasted oak, sweet malt, caramel. Taste is sweet up front, more nutty, vanilla. Bit of an alcoholic bite, finishes bourbon and caramel. Very flavorful and delicious, can’t wait to try it again.
Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBC 2014. 2012 vintage. Hazy dark amber, almost no head or lacing. Bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fruity, alcohol, milk chocolate, apple.
aleigator (758) - GERMANY - JUL 19, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Kuhnhenn 4th D - unfortunately I have no idea which vintage this is, due to a missing vintage label: stored it in the fridge for about a year.
Pours a dark brown color with a quickly disappearing khaki brown head.
Smells of unsweetened coconut shell, earth and scented wood, enriched by dried grapes and old oak. Offers a nice Bourbon spiciness which gets entangled into toasted nuts and grilled corn. Surprisingly earthy, focussing on the barrel without turning just a tad too sweet, creating a spicy, warm complexity on the nose which is awesome.
Drinks truly soft, establishing a great silkness, which unfolds the Bourbon in all its powerfull facets. Its hot bite gets balanced by the rich toasty malt base, creating a powerful, complex beer.
Tastes of sugar glazed malts, a hint of licorice, dusty woodbark and toasty, bready malts. Spicy, sweet cinnamon and bakers chocolate add to the malt backbone, while a warming Boubon sharpness slowly becomes more and more recognizable. Ends sweet with a well integrated booziness, showcasing even more tongue tickling spices and toasty toffee malts. Finished very clean and soft, with a heavy Bourbon appearance defining the taste.
Masterfully balanced, intense beer, reminding of a Barley Wine at first glance, which from there on transforms into something different. All flavors work very harmoniously together, exhibiting a slowly uprising Bourbon sweetness which reveals a respectable amount of earth and bread. At its peak sweet toffee and scented wood add to the taste, never forgetting its rustic, bready roots. Finishes utmost clean after revealing its breathtaking complexity, calm after unleashing an intense flavor storm on the palate. Despite its taste intensity the beer drinks incredibly soft and almost easy if it wasn’t for the perfectly integrated Bourbon, which works so good with the beers profound malt foundation.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour form a bottle. Thank you Tyler for sending this one. deep dark brown with virtually no head. Sweet malt with bourbon aromas off the top. Full rich body with a smooth character. Complex flavors of caramel malt, dark dried fruit, and barrel oakiness. Alcohol present for sure. Good sippin beer no doubt. Complex mix of flavors. Pretty strong resemblance of Angels Share in my book. Very good and exceeded my expectations.
davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage, 12 oz gold foil topped bottle into a Founders 15th anny glass. Thanks to steimie for this mega-want!
A - Pours a nearly opaque dark, dark brown body that is just a shade below black. Holding this up to the light creates a sheen of dark red illumination through the beer. One finger of light khaki foam forms but doesn’t stick around long. A swirl generates a long lasting lace of tiny bubbles that falls down slowly leaving behind some alcohol legs.
S - As soon as I cracked the bottle I got a huge whiff of bourbon and oak. The nose is strong on the dark fruits and vanilla. Dates, raisins, and mincemeat. A warming blast of alcohol followed by smooth and rich caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and marsh mallow. Spicy and woody with a lingering ethanol presence. The aroma does not hide its alcohol, instead it puts it on full display like a fine high proof bourbon.
T - Caramel, marshmallow, molasses, brown sugar, maple, raisins and some chocolate. Smooth and earthy english toffee with a smooth oak and vanilla finish. A very complex drinker with a plethora of sweet and decadent flavors attacking your tongue. The alcohol has a pleasing burn on the end.
M - Medium bodied and slick, well carbonated. Probably not for those who don’t enjoy boozy beers.
O - Very impressive BA old ale. Been wanting to try this beer for a long time and its certainly lived up to the hype. This beer is drinking phenomenally out of the gate, I have no idea why anyone would intentionally age this beer. Forever ISO!
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with no head. Sweet coffee/toffee and caramel aroma. High sweet alcohol finish.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2010. The small pop when I opened the bottle was enticing, but alas this has almost no carbonation. Murky brown color that reminds me of cold pressed coffee. Not the prettiest looking. Chocolate is very strong in the aroma with some toffee as well. Some raisin shows up. Taste is fig, raisin, chocolate, and a a nice roasty finish. The lack of carbonation is noticeable, and bit detrimental to making this a great beer. Still very nice, though.
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Plovmand, thanks a lot bro!
Pours mahogany with a tan rim.
Lovely sweet bourbon aroma with notes of caramel, figs, vanilla booze, raisins, rock candy and prunes.
The flavour is dominated by bourbon but also raisins, caramel, figs and vanilla.
Lovely brew, would love to try it again.