JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2006 version on Draft @ the Brewery (listed as 11% - Barrel aged 8 months). Wow - finally trying this bad boy and it didn’t disapoint (to say the least). Big brown color with a light head. Aroma is simply incredible - huge bourbon/wood/oak/vanilla with a nice bit of roasty/sweet malt and dark fruits. Taste is amazing - bourbon, oak, and heavy brown sugar dominate with vanilla, rich dark fruits, and other assorted, woody flavors mixed in. Mouthfeel is incredible - tingly, smooth, wonderful. Paralyzingly good. So well done, I don’t know what to make of it. I could drink this beer all the damn time. The perfect marriage of one of my favorite styles, sweet flavors, and wonderful barrel aging to create what could be the perfect beer. Wow.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probaly the 2nd most potent brew at the Great Taste. Again the aroma so rich and full that it is hard to initiate a sip. Everyone gives you the "Whoa" when they take that first sniff. The alcohol is really flying out of there at first but then the vanilla, maple,carmel,gently massage your senses and your no longer afraid. The taste is much the same,with boubon coming through and some of the wheat becoming noticable. The swallow is long and dreamy,with an exqusite aftertaste lingering in your mouth. There should be a man-law that this brew be available to the Midwest year round
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy BBB63. 2006 batch. Poured a very dark mahogany color with a sparse tan head. Bourbon, oak, dark fruit, caramel, mild alcohol on the nose. The bourbon compliments and does not overpower. Malt aromas come out after warming a bit. Great texture to this brew. Taste has vanilla, oak, raw sugarcane sweetness and a moderate heat in the finish. There’s a lot going on here, but it integrates so well. A great brew. Thanks, Mike.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Handbottle, courtesy of BBB63 THANKS!. Pours dark brown (clear mahogany when held up to light). Holy crap, I didn’t want to drink this because the nose is so amazing - beautiful mixture of smooth bourbon, woodiness, some alcohol, carmel and some coconut too. Flavor starts with prominent yet graceful vanilla, bourbon woody character then comes notes of caramel, brown sugar, wheat, raisin, light earthy/herbal hops. Pleasant sweetness level, warming alcohol finish which complements rather than detracts. Full, round and creamy with soft, fine-beaded carbonation. Just ridiculously good. Thanks so much, Mike!
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy beerlando. Dec. 2007. 11% abv. Dark multi brown. No head. Aroma of whiskey oak, rich toasted biscuity malt, toffee, light dose of dark fruit, subtle smoke, subtle alcohol. Same flavor. Rich. Full body, low carbonation, viscous. Great after dinner brew.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 Draft - GTMW. Big, big bourbon aroma. Lots of vanilla, caramel, toasty oak, toffee and just a small hint of sourness. Pours nearly flat, dark, slightly cloudy brown. Just a few bubbles top the mostly headless/lifeless looking liquid. Flavor falls a tad short of the robustness of the nose. Boatloads of drying oak tannin, a touch of apple cider vinegar, watery caramel and toffee. Plenty of vanilla and bourbon spice. Nearly still on the tongue. Fairly watery midpalate back with a drying, oak-tannin laden finish. Nice for sure, but slightly thinner and more watery than expected.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Poured from a 22 oz. handbottle. Dark, reddened oak pour; glassy brandy shading around the edge. Beautiful and pure aroma of wet oak, eggnog and soft bourbon, pistachio sweetness; stunning. Toasted coconut and vanilla bean in a spectacular kind of rich tropical heat that is carefully bridled, and simply poignant. Flavor is thick and full; gooey brown sugars and reduced port; melon sugar, pecan oil, more toasted coconut and a bottomless reservoir of lager yeast fruitiness. Hint of watermelon, quieted sweet smoke, with plenty of full banana and clove wheatiness toward the finish; this projects quietly up the nose as well. Lightest wink of heat. Clean, full, and simply luxurious with soft velvet touch in the mouth; cake batter and rum-like nutty sweetness pulse warmly after swallowing. Carefully wrought, and brilliant. Thanks for sharing, Mike!
arkurzynski (1371) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GTMW. Big barrel aroma, dark fruit, mild roasted malt, spiciness. Sweet wheat malt flavor gives way to complex roasted/toasted malt, spice, biscuit, bourbon, light resiny hops, and a tangy tartness. Finishes, somewhat dry with trailing toasted malt. Big and lingering on the palate. Had to be my favorite of the fest. Would have gone back for more if there wasn’t some many other beers to try!
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Pantanap for sharing this! Dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, toffee, roasted malt, medium sweet, very nice. Flavor is nicely balanced bourbon with sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, slight hops, so good! Medium to full body with some burn. A very well balanced beer and very good.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a handbottle. Very dark, ruddy brown pour with a small trace of a bubbled tan head. There is an amazing amount of mouth watering aroma dimensions going on here. Succulent waves of brown sugar, rummed dipped cigar wrapper, strawberries, caramel, molasses, and sticky chocolate nougat blend together superbly in this thick, bourbony bouqet. Rich, soft, full-bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a bit of chewy caramelly bourbon. Tons of sweet, dark fruits flood the palate with amazing complexity. Cherry, strawberry, caramel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla bean, oaky bourbon - of course this is good! For as intense and packed in as all the flavor seems to be, it is frighteningly drinkable. Very nice, and quite well done. What more can I possibly say?