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.†
cbfobes (2275) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this at Livery a few years back and also at GTMW in 2012, finally getting around to adding some of my ratings, pours a dark brown with a little bit of red in the light, the aroma has a decent amount of dark fruit and a little bit of bourbon coming through, the flavor has a lot of BA notes in it with a sweetness of vanilla and oak, a little bit of funk mixed in as well, overall, one hell of a beer and very happy I was able to track this one down a few times now. DONG.
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #4300! 8/11/12. GTMW. Why I didnít go get a glass of this the year before simply escapes me. Oh well - here we go! Deep reddish brown hue with a nice tan head that sits atop, lasts, and laces plenty. The aroma is pretty amazing with lots of barrel character - vanilla, oak, cream, coconut, a hint of butter - as well as sweet caramel, dark fruits, and more. A very good, though slightly less impressing flavor shows more barrel character, dark fruits, wood, caramel, maltiness, and a touch of bitterness. All in all, this was one heck of a beer and Iím glad I got to try it!
Sean9689 (272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at The Livery 7th Anniversary. Pours a reddish brown color, large frothy head, thick collar, thick cap. Nose is smooth booze, chocolate, oak, dark fruit, coconut. Taste is oak forward, more booze then the nose, chocolate, dark fruity tartness. Tastes like a more boozy Cuvťe de Tomme with less tartness. Full body, good carbonation, tart & booze finish.
A really interesting beer that is really a hybrid of several styles. Could be called an Old Ale, Wild Ale, or Strong Ale. Not really a Weizen Bock, but who really cares at this point. Itís boozy, tart, and oak mixed together and is pretty tasty if enjoyed in smaller portions.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally this hard to find dong, dark brown with a big tan head, lots of oak, bourbon, prune, a bit harsh finish, almost medicinal. Ok but doesn't meet the high ratings
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown pour huge foamy light brown head w/ thick lacing. Slightly sour aroma then sweet wheat times some more sugars. Avg palate. Some sour fruits in the taste then a little classic bock flavors. Raw alcohols in the finish distract a bit from the beer. I typically like the big shots from The Livery, but this one missed my mark.
Earlier Rating: 8/13/2006 Total Score: 4.4
cloudy dark brown to marron pour w/ a thin tan head. Huge maple syrup malt aroma hints of bourbon & wheat blended very well into a smooth appetizing aroma. Palate is thick rich & creamy. Flavor is a great full bourbon maple syrup w/ light burnt malts, butters and a hint of wheat husk. Deliscious.
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft samples (notes from MBGSF 08). We enjoyed a couple of these courtesy of BBB63. Pours a hazy caramel brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is a wonderful collection of ripe fruits, caramel, bourbon and vanilla. The flavor is equally impressive with layers of ripe fruits, sweeter caramel malts, vanilla and bourbon. There is no question this is a big beer, but it was too easy to drink. In fact, Mike brought multiple samples of this to the table which I was more than happy to consume.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample from growler). Pours a cloudy caramel/garnet color with no head or carbonation. Aroma has bourbon, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is tart, with some berries, grassy notes and wood. Thin bodied with an oily texture and dry, fruity wine. Really unexpected, but really nice.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 On tap at the Livery last weekend. Served in a short glass.
Pours a rich dark caramel brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly into some bubbles and a thin collar.
Nose is sublime. Even after the pour when the beer was fairly cold there was fantastic complexity. This was only enhanced as it warmed. Overall, the nose was like caramelized bananas and dark fruits that had been soaked in quality bourbon. Really interesting and something Iíd never thought of, but they really pulled this off well.
Flavor wasnít quite as complex or interesting as the nose. The caramelization and bourbon came through, but the underlying fruits werenít quite as apparent.
Medium-full body without much discernible alcohol. Smooth bourbon and just a touch of heat in the finish.
Overall, I was incredibly impressed with this one. Well worth going two hours out of our way for.
gordonrivers1 (21) - USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
another handbottle from Gregg. Quite a dark brown pour. Smells of alcohol and vanilla. Wow quite tart and whiskey. Neat!
Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
dark brown pour. hints of vanilla and caramel. strong bourbon smell. slight sour finish. delicious to say the least