brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No doubt the highlight of our visit. Distinct,almost sharp whiskey aroma,but not so dominant that the rich dark caramel,molassas doesn’t come through, taste is again a slap of lively full force bourbon,with is wonderfully backed by very evident rich dark malt,certainly some sweetness there,and a quality whiskey finish. Obviously some excellent barrels used here,should improve with age
madvike (2672) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at The Livery - this opaque brew pours oil black with very little head. Tons of bourbon on the nose, which leads right into the taste, which is all bourbon right away. It mellows into raisins, dark fruit, and sweet malt. There’s a pleasant buttery taste in there as well. Thin mouthfeel is a little unexpected for a beer this big. The bourbon was dialed up a little too much, but still a tasty beer.
Tmoney99 (10468) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at 2009 MBG Winterfest.
Poured dark reddish brown with a moderate light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good caramel toasted tart fruit and b ourbon barrel aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Good well balanced woody bittersweet flavor with a moderate smooth bittersweet finish of long duration.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
February ’09 on tap at the brewery (Steve’s Birthday) Liverator Grand Reserve: Very rich dark brown pour with little to ne head. The nose is sweet roasted toffee/caramel malt and dark fruits with a hint of bourbon. Flavors are very sweet caramel malts, darkly roasted and intense, oak, bourbon, alcohol. Nicely brewed.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample Hotshots Feb Indy tasting from BBB63 growler - Aroma is toasted caramel malts, vanilla and a touch of dark fruits. Pours transparent dark brown with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is sweet caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and subtle bourbon. Palate is smooth and lasting. Nice and something I’d like to revisit outside of a tasting.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at brewery......poured a slightly darker than caramel broan witha frothy film of an ivory head....an abundance of dark fruit, caramel, and sweet malt with little signs of being aged in the barrel....flavors followed suit. much of the same aroma qualities can be found here. a very subtle tint of bourbon comes through but very little.
adrian910ss (2329) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz hand bottled bomber courtesy of BBB63. Pours a semi clear dark mahogany with no head. Aroma of cola, light malts and a hint of bourbon. Taste is slightly sweet and malty with a hint of vanilla cola and bourbon. Not bad.
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand-bottled and acquired in trade. I wasn’t anticipating all the sediment as I poured it into the snifter. The color is a murky brown with no head. I’m guessing it will be completely flat. The aroma is sweet malts and a nice smokiness that is pretty enticing. The first mouthful matched the smells. The smokiness matches nicely with the sweet fruity malts. Well done. Its a shame its flat, although that didn’t hurt it much.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Mike for sharing this 2007 vintage growler. The beer pours to a deep brown body with a thin off-white head. The aroma is fruity deep caramelized malts, with lots of molasses and caramel. The flavor is rich and caramelized, really sweet, and has nice notes of vanilla amongst the rich malts. I’m digging this! The beer has a rich caramelized palate.
Skyview (5154) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled via growler during Cheesehead YeHA in Brookfield, Wisconsin and shared by BBB63. Pours a hazy dark brown brew with a fast dissolving tan head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and a thin tan ring. Aroma of dark roasted caramel malt, some fruity character, vanilla and some bourbon. Taste is medium to full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, some dark pitted fruits, bourbon and a touch of vanilla. Finish has a high alcohol warmth with a bourbonized caramel aftertaste flavor. Nice!