chef201atc (261) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep brown, opaque pour topped with a foamy layer of deep tan bubbles. Wonderful nose of cherries, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Palate is every so slightly chewy, but smooth with light, soft carbonation. Taste is exquisite – tart cherries, whiskey and oak. Just an absolutely fantastic beverage! Thanks to RollinHard for sharing this one!
emacgee (3797) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by turdferguson, thanks Sam!!! Got to try this next to a bottle of Angel’s Share. Pours a dark ruby brown with a one to two finger head. More carbonated than the Angel’s Share. The aroma shows more oak than Angels Share, sweet, very oaky, nice vanilla, light alcohol, very light bourbon undertones. The flavor was sweet, oaky, vanilla, oak tannins, as Sam said "the base beer seems hidden". The oak is very nice but it seems to detract from the foundation more than Angels Share. Still great though.
pepsican (1417) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 Pours a very dark ruby, near black with a medium sized off white head. Aroma was strong bourbon and vanilla. flavor was vanilla, oak, bourbon, candi sugar, and caramel. A bit over carbonated, slight hint of the abv but not bad. Solid.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color was dark brown/ruby. The head was creamy, very thin, light beige, and laced a lot. The aroma was strong alcohol, oak, bourbon, vanilla, very sweet, and caramel. The flavor was sweet alcohol, light grape, oak, spice, and bourbon. The palate was medium-bodied and smooth. The finish was warm.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I happened to be in San Diego for the first time the weekend of the release, so I stood my happy ass in line and got some of this great beer. Finally opened a bottle up tonight, and it was a gusher. Take a long time to pour without an overwhelming amount of head. Pours dark brown/black with a thick tan head. Fantastic aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Nice mouthfeel, it doesn’t even seem like a barley wine. Nice caramel flavor, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Amazing beer.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. Is it great? Yeah, its awesome. Is it better than the original? I’m not sure. It may be. Bottle exploded with carbonation. Full, rich mouthfeel. Touch of bourbon with caramel and vanilla. I love you, tomme.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is heaven.....smells like vanilla bourbon goodness and tastes like it too....it is not a barley wine for sure.....pretty much beer perfection in my book!
highibus (696) - Vail, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all, what a wonderful aroma. Probably the best I have ever smelled. Lots of vanilla, oak (bourbon) and sweet esters. Deep brown mahogany with a huge tan head. Flavor of wood and sweet fruity esters. Bold, but not alcoholic. Beer finishes well. An excellent beer.
Thanks again to cbkschubert for a great share.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Aroma of Bourbon and wooden barrels along with some caramel malt. As Ipopped the cork had a gusher to deal with kind of took me by suprise with the foam stain still visable on the pool deck. Decent lacing and some setiment found on bottom of glass. Dark body with foamy head a puor to remember. Carmael and bourbon alcohol flavors are most prevelant. Sweetness lingers on a dry palate yearning for some water. Solid brew may of just maded he price of sinners membership which I thought was little high worth it.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of Dunk. Thanks a bunch! Pours a murky brown color, with a small light brown head. Light bubbles hug the edge of the glass. Smells of sweet bourbon notes, loads of caramel malt, with traces of dark fruits, but they are seemingly almost drowned out by the majestic bourbon. The flavor is a wonderfully blended combination of that ever present bourbon, rich syrupy malts, caramel candy, and a biting alcohol presence that seemed appropriate for this beer. Some vanilla and toffee notes along with a fluter of oak and light cream. Great balance for this style of beer. i came away more impressed with this beer than its brandy barrel aged brother.