bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Hand Bottled, courtesy of BBB63) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and toasted marshmallows. Flavor or bourbon, oak, caramel, and dark wheat.
argo0 (12120) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(2006 vintage 22oz handbottle, thanks BBB63) Tan head atop lear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla/Bourbon, smooth and very inviting. Taste is sweet, raisin/plum, light Bourbon/alcohol, caramel, some burn. Sticky full body.
Tmoney99 (11910) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the brewery. Poured dark reddish brown with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy complex roasted toffee smoke woody and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Medium complex chocolate flavor with a heavy smooth sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer. Happy first year.
Drake (10513) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a murky reddish brown with nearly no head. Aroma of whisky, toffee, caramel, wheat and bread. The taste is tart unexpectedly with notes of toffee, wheat, sour cherries and whisky. Medium bodied.
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow I’m stoked to finally try this! Dark brown pour, small head. Tons of dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is tart, bourbon, wheat, sweet-tarts. Truly a unique and remarkably tasty. Nice!
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Hand-Bottle... This beer rocks!... Even when held up to a halogen bulb, it’s an opaque and very dark, brown lager with a small, frothy, lightly tanned head. The aroma is a swirl of caramel, plum, brown sugar, bourbon and smoked bacon(?). The malty, rich flavor is sweet, but not cloyingly so with lots of chocolate, dried plum, bourbon, smoke and caramel. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes malty and rich. Strong from start to finish. World class effort! So much better than the non-BBA version. Thanks to BBB63 for sending me the bottle!
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, glad to have finally found this! Dark brownish black pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, coffee, dark cocoa powder, hints of earth, some earth. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, cocoa powder, roast, hints of vanilla, bourbon, oak, nice spicy notes, hints of molasses, sweet brownie batter, finishing sweet, slightly balanced by the spice. Tasty.
3fourths (8601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Dark burgundy burnt amber colored body, surprisingly dark, but then again I really didn’t know what to expect with this beer… I guess I thought it would resemble a weizen bock, dark muddy brown, but instead it looked deep dark brown, like motor oil, with some red and golden brown hues around the sides of the glass. Very little head when poured from the hand-bottle, but a layer of small bubbles were slowly drifting up towards the top. Nose is of extremely rich bourbon and some hot, vodka-like grain alcohol, along with bourbon-soaked chocolate, rich and lightly sweet amaretto. Flavor is smoky, resinous, charred bourbon, with some and resinous woody burnt toffee, and abundant chocolate malts, and perhaps even a little bit of soy and tar tasted as well. Again, it’s viscous and heavy, and has a bit of a burn on the back of the mouth and throat, finishing with a caramel, bourbon and heavy, tarry bourbon flavor. An amazing beer, like nothing else I’ve ever had. Really, really good stuff.
Ibrew2or3 (7478) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to BBB63 for bringing this hand bottled elixir to Degarth’s Tampa Tasting. Pours brown with thin white head. It has a full aroma of bourbon and barrel aged woodiness with roasty dark malts and caramel filling in the cracks. The taste experience begins with a thick rich yummy mouth feel bringing in notes of creamy caramel candy mixed with bourbon and wood. Wow, great balance and mix of flavors that carry to the finish in a wooden boat slipping around in bourbon.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2012 Re-rate - GTMW 2012. Poured cloudy medium amber with a huge, dense beige head. The aroma picked up sour oak and metallic notes over nutty and bready malts.. it almost smelled chewy. The flavor found toasted nutty notes, fruits, and chrries at the core, with sour oak and cherry vinegar around.. vanilla out there too.. complex, but the heavy sourness was offputting for me. Heavy-bodied and too sour as mentioned on the palate.. nowhere near as good as I remembered it.
Original rating 8/16/06 - 9 4 9 5 18 (4.5) On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Poured a dirty burnt sienna with just a few loose bubbles around the edges... highly-viscous and coating on the glass. Nose was very heavy, rockin’ toasted toffee, maple syrup, molasses, sweet bourbon, fresh vanilla beans, and overtones of oak... quite wonderful! This was heavy, calculating, and thorough on the palate, coating every square inch of the mouth... Bourbon, vanilla, and charred oak (lightly smoky) accent and integrate well with the deep syrupy malts (molasses, maple syrup, toffee, raisin) in the flavor department. Everything meshed so well, and the alcohol lurked in the background... and warmed the memorable finish. This is a phenominal brewing accomplishment!