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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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A strong dark lager brewed with a generous amount of wheat then aged in Heaven Hill (2005-2012) or Jim Beam (2014) Bourbon Barrels. Each batch is slightly different.

- Aug 2005 and Dec 2005: 12 months in the cask, approx. 16% ABV
- Aug 2006 and Dec 2006: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2007 and Dec 2007: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 11% ABV
- Aug 2008: 14 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2011: 24 months in the cask and 12% ABV
- Aug 2012: Grand Reserve blended casks aged 24 months and 12.5% ABV
- Aug 2014: 12 months in the cask and 11.5% ABV


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2007
(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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11642) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2007
(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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (11084) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2006
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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9549) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Hand-Bottle... This beer rocks!... Even when held up to a halogen bulb, itís 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!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Wow Iím 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!

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8236) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Dark burgundy burnt amber colored body, surprisingly dark, but then again I really didnít know what to expect with this beerÖ 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, itís 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 Iíve ever had. Really, really good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2006
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, rockiní 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
On tap at the 2005 Great Taste of the Midwest: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a thin, light tan head. Sweet brown sugar, raisins and nice malty caramel and dark chocolate notes permeate the aroma. Body starts very rich, malty and sweet with a bittersweet, semi-dry and warming finish. Hides its alcohol fairly well given the amount of it. An interesting and complex brew. Good to see a new brewery coming out with stuff like this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Huge thanks to BBB63 for bringing this hand bottled elixir to Degarthís 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.


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