hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Hazy, dark caramel-colored ale with ruby highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma offers bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut and caramel. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is a sweet, lush mélange of vanilla, coconut and caramel. A tad too sweet, but still a world class beer provided by the ever-generous MartinT!
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Vanilla bourbon and a touch of banana candy explode from this Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale, but evolve in a superbly silky mouthfeel where subtle jujubes, caramel and licorice thrive.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy dark mahogany.
-The bourbon is too intense for me, especially in the nose, but there is more going on in the flavor profile which makes it all instantly become delicious.
-The mouthfeel is velvety throughout; a very professional rendition of the style.
-This is a beautiful sipper for bourbon lovers (Knob Creek?) and a simple treat. for those cool evenings with no fireplace.
-This brewery is already doing great things and they are only brewing their first batches. One to keep an eye on for sure!
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013-04-13. Crisp dark brown body with a tiny brown head that fades. 3+ Big bourbony aroma, vanilla, light wood, sweet malt. Similarly big flavour of bourbon, vanilla, muted malt, modest malt lingers into the finish. 6+ Average plus bodied palate. Very bourbon dominant. Bottle shared by DuctTape
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber shared by Kinz at the 20th Richmond Gathering. Pours a hazy copper color with not much of a head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, wood and some green notes. The taste is toffee, caramel, big wood notes, booze, vanilla, Nilla wafers. Medium bodied, fairly hot.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear meidum to dark brown pour covered by a slowly diminishing off-white foam. Sugary and bourbony nose, but I’m drinking this bottle in March 2013, on the same day than I have bought the bottle directly from the brewery, being told that it’s the 4th batch and having had a bottle of the first batch back in October or November 2012, this one is definitely less bourbon-forward and rather focuses and maltiness and has an extra fruity kick. Indeed, cherry and banana purees meet the date-like caramelly sugars, borderline molasses, in a chewy, relatively thick context where sparse bubbliness accentuates the sweetness and digestive character. Banane flambée, plum pudding, milk chocolate and potent vanilla, there is a fair dose of complexity in here, but obviously, it’s one beer you really need to be in the mood for. While it’s bourbony alcohol level remains at reasonable level especially considering its 11% concentration, its very strong flavours and sweetness leave you no choice but to approach it as a sipper - one that is complex enough to be interesting, but one that really focuses on fruity caramelization. Not particularly my type of beer, but still not very common in Quebec to encounter well executed examples of those very heady, complex bruisers and certainly very nice to add them in our province’s portfolio.
DuffMan (5770) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(from backlog of RBAG 2013 ratings notes). I don’t really need the notes from RBAG, as I received my own bottle in trade from Gikiniji (thanksSeb!) AND I wasable to grab a couple more while in Quebec last month. Low-carbonation red-brown pour. Very sweet aroma bordering on candy-ish. Fruity caramel flavour, some red licorice, some butter-rum, all coming together as a very sweet composition. Warm alcoholic finish. A bit too sweet for my preference, but still very cool.
TaktikMTL (5374) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 650 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de bourbon avec une pointe de boisé. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de bourbon et de caramel avec une pointe de boisé. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de vanille en arrière goût. (Rating #4608)
mcberko (4771) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a murky dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma of somewhat smoky caramel malts, bourbon barrels, and wood. Flavour is very heavy and woody, full of smoked woody malts, bourbon barrels, loads of caramel, and some vanilla. Quite barrel-dominating, without being too overburdening. The sweetness is high, which cloys a bit after a while. Good stuff, but a little too sweet for me.
Boutip (4281) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon is dominant with some woody notes as well as some residual sugar notes are also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by a huge amount of bourbon with some residual sugar and toffee notes. Vanilla notes and woody notes are also perceptible though somewhat more subtle. Body is quite full with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes can de detected. This is quite the extreme example of scotch ale with bourbon being really dominant. I enjoyed this but wouldn’t want to drink too much on one session.
radagast83 (3734) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Eric at Churchkey and Bruce! Poured flat, clear ruby colored. Aroma is woody bourbon, booze, sweetness in the malts. Flavor is barrel, bourbon, sweet vanilla notes. Woah. So smooth. Alcohol masked.