kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Brown Shugga, Bourbon Barrel
Date: June 25, 2009
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and caramel aroma, lots of vanilla, raw brown sugar, touch of oak
Flavor: rich bourbon and caramel flavor, touch of sweet vanilla is balanced by a light tartness, plenty of balancing oak adds a big earthyness, touch of brown sugar
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Ratman197 (9034) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a hazy reddish brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of brown sugar, carmel, bourbon, vanilla, pepper and light fruittiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of brown sugar, carmel, vanilla and light bourbon with a smooth dry finish.
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Rich brown sugar aroma with light bourbon. Brown sugar and bourbon flavor with rich malt. Medium-plus bodied. Brown sugar and light bourbon lingers with rich malt.
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head and a sour malt aroma. There is a sweet malt flavor with lots of oak and a bourbon trail.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the 4th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/14/2009. This Barley Wine pours a medium brown color. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is brown sugar, bourbon and sweet. A medium to full bodied Barley Wine. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of brown sugar and molasses. Very smooth tasting. The bourbon flavors are very mellow and smooth. This is a great beer for barrel aging. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours an obscured, brown body with a few large bubbles from the pour, but they popped out just as quickly as they came in.
Smell: This is one very bourbony nose, singing with earthy, sweet-scented notes of brown sugar, vanilla, coconut creme, oak planks glazed with caramel sauce, and given a teeny tiny pinch of citrus zest.
Taste: Plenty of toaster oven-cooked dark caramel squares with a full, resounding sweetness, though there are some encroaching prickly tannic wood qualities. Ah, and there it is -- the warming bourbon, with a big taste of brown sugar to go with the brown sugar already added during the brewing process. Also some vanilla and light coconut. Earthy, citrusy hop character with a fair amount of bitterness remaining. All the while, there’s a strong bourbon presence. Warming, downright intoxicating finish -- like a brown sugar and bourbon cocktail of sorts.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Near still body. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable brew that went reasonably well for all the sweetness and bourbon present. Recommended if you ever come across it.
IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Bistro’s BABF. Nose of light bourbon, oaky vanilla, and toffee. Hazy brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is caramel, light bourbon, and vanilla
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bistro -Bal Fest. Ruddy brown pour with a small off-white head. The aroma is excellent, with big sweet brown sugar notes, oak, and bourbon. The flavor is good if somewhat of a sweet mess. Big caramel and brown sugar malt notes, oak, and bourbon barrel. Smooth and fairly full on the palate with soft carbonation. Solid stuff.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Bistro Barrel Aged Festival. Pours a murky, reddish-brown color; light-tan head with solid, fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of sour-mash whiskey / bourbon character in the aroma: brown sugar, charred barrel notes; a light sour-mash presence. Decent amounts of bourbon / sour mash notes, warming alcohol and complex maltiness upfront; solid barrel character, earthy malts, brown sugar, some smoked meat character as well; chewy, dense beer. Lasting finish: basic sour-mash bourbon, earthy maltiness, well-integrated throughout.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep muddy brown with no head. Nice bready and malty nose and flavor with light bourbon, vanilla and oak. Smooth on the palate.