mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7oz. corked and caged bottle from Sinners release. Opens with a loud pop and some fizz, but pours a beautiful deep ruby brown with a foamy tan head that leaves nice sheets of lace. The aroma literally explodes from the bottle and pour, releasing rich vanilla, toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, and a host of warming, enjoyable, and amazingly blended others that are too numerous to identify; a phenomenal aromatic experience. The flavor integrates the nose very well, with more vanilla, toffee/caramel, dark fruits, bourbon and oak. The bourbon is well integrated and not overly done. Only slight warming, otherwise the alcohol is well hidden. The only notable detraction is that its a bit over carbonated right now. VERY drinkable, undoubtably incredible, and the only real disappointment in the entire experience is that it ended...
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 bottle courtesy of mgumby: pours a good dark caramel brown with a decent creamy off white head. aroma is bourbon, slight fresh herbs or grass, some caramel, not as over powering as i would think. flaovur is exceptionally smooth, good dark caramel malts alittle roast, good oak and bourbon excellent.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
An explosive opening burst out the heavenly aroma. Lots of caramel and dark fruit with underpinnings of bourbon. The beer is a very dark and slightly murky mahogany colour with a thick fizzy brown head. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol are prominent in the flavour. There is a bit of oak and yeasty flavour n there as well. One of the more drinkable big barley wines out there though I think it’ll improve a bit with age.
FoolishMortal (982) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle. Vanilla, char, chocolate, alcohol, dark alefruit in the aroma. Opaque brown-red, with a large rocky light brown head. Smokey vanilla and woody flavors, prominent spirit character. Dark alefruit, caramel, vineous notes. Some nuttiness and residual sweetness and whiskey in the finish. Mouthfeel is a medium heavy, somewhat hot.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 Dark brown with a tan head that lingers. A sweet, delicate nose is charred wood, bourbon, vanilla ,with none overpowering the other; awesome . Mouthfeel is a little frothy and expanding. Flavors of dark caramel, smoky molasses, charred wood with a light bourbon booziness, again, no one flavor dominates.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy mgumby10. Pours cloudy dark chestnut brown with golden edges. A small, swirly tan film sits at the head. Thick legging sticks to the glass, leaving just minimal spotting behind. The aroma shows huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee and vanilla notes, all accompanied by a smooth blast of intoxicating bourbon. The flavor is the same, with perhaps a bit of hazelnut that I didn’t detect in the brandy barrel version. Nearly full, smooth, sugary mouthfeel. Basically, exactly like the brandy barrel version in all aspects, except the bourbon permeates everything far more than the brandy does, which I love. Fantastic, delicious brew.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… GIABMISGFAB… This beer rocks!… Dark prune-colored ale with a mid-sized, beige head. Terrific retention. The malty, earthy nose imparts a luxuriant mélange of caramel, buttery praline, bourbon and oak. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Leans heavily toward the sweet side of balance. Big notes of caramel and sourmash whiskey with an undertone of dried plum. Finishes sweet and fairly boozy. Mgumby10 donated this world class bottle of beer!
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy mMFgumby10. Pours a very dark brown, with a thick foamy cream-colored head. Nice wet lacing on the glass. Sweet aromas, candy corn, bourbon esters, molasses. Flavor is sublime: very sweet overall, with raisin and brown sugar being predominant flavors. Caramel is there too, but it’s intertwined with rich, alcoholic booziness. A nice vanilla aftertaste finishes each sip. Delightful. Medium-bodied, and very well balanced. Alcohol is present but it’s masked by the overall flavor and complexity of the beer.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Mgumby10. Pours a dark brown with some lacing. Aroma is mostly dirty wood. Tastes of bitter caramel with a huge boozy taste. Oak, molasses, and dark fruit dominate this brew. Palate is a little sweet, followed by a warming sensation.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 08 bottle. Poured a deep, murky brown color with a thick beige head that diminished slowly and left some lacing. Aroma was mostly bourbon, with sme caramel, molasses, plum, and light alcohol coming out as it warmed. Flavor consists of caramel malts with hints of molasses and light chocolate, some dark fruit (namely plum) and a light oak, drying finish. Light alcohol present on the finish. Smooth on the palate with a decent drying character. Definitely a good beer, and perhaps it will mature with age, but as of now, no match for the brandy version.