robgibbens (387) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint is golden in color with a silky smooth foam. Instant hop aroma, almost like smelling fresh hops! Flavor is same, but not overly bitter. This is a mellow quaff with all the hop aroma and flavor!
beerguy101 (5251) - 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.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at SDBC. Excellent bourbon aromas and flavor. More bourbon then most, but not over the top. Wood, vanilla, bourbon, maple. Good stuff. Great night of beers at San Diego Brewing Company.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at San Diego Brewing co. OMFG this is good. Hand pumped. Caramel orange brown in the glass with no head, and lingering lace. Nose is rich sweet. Caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and booze. Not overpowering. Taste is beautiful. Rich, smooth, and warmly sweet. Thick in the mouth. Vanilla, clove, brown sugar, and the rich alcohol sweetness of bourbon. I had two pints, but probably should have stopped at one. I don’t believe this one is only 10%abv. It put me on my ass.
washoppinin (19) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
another great lagunitas brew. Great balance of hops and malt. Sweet nose and taste from the sugar. Nice citric, vanilla, and maple notes. Much like the Imperial Red, but at 10% you feel this one.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - 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.
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.
IrishBoy (3725) - 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
KCBrown (20) - Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brew. Ripe fruit, sweet, nice lingering mouth feel... I’d hit this all winter. Too bad it was 79 here today. A repeat for sure.
marcus (5887) - 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.