RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just a phenomenal beer. Poured dark brown into a tulip glass at Monk’s in Philly. Aromas of burnt wood, vanilla, raisins and dark fruit. Tastes of sweet vanilla, coffee beans and plums.
jmgreenuk (5015) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml Bottle (2008 version) at Local Option, Chicago. Poured a dark murky brown with a round off white head and a super rich consistency. The aroma is strong raisin, red berry fruit, malt and alcohol. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich raisin fruit malt alcohol weak liqourice oaky palate. A super rich consistency beer. The alcohol is well controlled for the ABV which makes it a great.
VastActiv (3084) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.375l at home, Nivala. Colour is almost black with very small brownish head. Aromas and flavors: Dark chocolate, hints of licorice, bourbon, sweetness, wood, dark/dry fruits, hints of vanilla and roasted malts. Great but too much bourbon. Have another bottle in cellar so have to check after 2-3 years if it is getting softer and better.
k0mpsa (1368) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from saveur bier. Almost black color, tanned head. Aroma is amazing balanced, sweet notes, bourbon, whiskey, oak. Taste is same, balanced, licorice, plums, sweet fruity notes and bourbon notes.
neongolden (563) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Dec 15 2014) Pours slightly murky dark mahogany with a tiny off white ring of bubbles. Aroma dominated by that Heaven Hill bourbon barrel with its oak, moderate char, toasted coconut, vanilla, and the whiskey itself. Behind that there is sweet dark toffee malt with a touch of dried dark fruit (date, fig?) - malts are quite robust to hold all that barrel but don’t lead. On the palate, elegant with the fairly rich malt core of toffee, caramel, stewed dark fruit playing support to the barrel again. Lots of oak and bourbon throughout the palate, char is light, coconut notes quite prominent Finish is pretty long but smooth with almost no alcohol character, just bourbon barrel flavours and malts. Fairly full oily body with very little carb. Barrel to the fore, sure, but this beer is so easy to sip and not brash or boozy. Like the most drinkable bourbon ever.
BiiruBierBeer (249) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Smell is bourbony, malty, and a slight bit of booze. Taste is rich malt and bourbon. Body is medium to thick and completely flat.
Dr_Fellini (551) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep nut brown color with a thin medium brown head. Aroma is a huge matls, vanilla, light bourbon. Flavor is big, creamy, malty sweet, lots of bourbon and vanilla, phenomenal. Medium to heavy creamy body with a long lingering creamy vanilla and bourbon. Absolutely wonderful!
bth122 (1304) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at HOTB. poured a muddy brown. Little head. Aroma of whisky bourbon. Complex. Nice oak flavors. Vanilla notes. Nice texture. Smooth. Well done.
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John25 (698) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark syrupy brown. Bourbon and caramel aroma. The taste follows and adds brown sugar. Warm sticky mouthfeel, low carb. Boozy. Excellent.
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conway (1636) - - DEC 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark ruby/cola with no head. Aroma is dark fruit, fusel alcohol, maple syrup and butter. Taste follows closely. Thick sticky mouthfeel. Nice.
zoucrew102 (624) - - NOV 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle, 2013 vintage. Wonderful aroma consisting of vanilla, oak, caramel and just the slightest hint of booze. Pours extremely dark brown with a reddish hue to it and a very thin light tan head with no lacing. Starts with sweet caramel and oak. Finishes extremely smooth with a lot of vanilla and more wood. Rich, full bodied beer that is extraordinarily smooth. An excellent, well-balanced bourbon ale that highlights the barrels used. Simply amazing!