marcus (6596) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest. Pours dark brown with a bourbon and toffee aroma and a thin beige head. There is a carbonated raisin and bourbon flavor with a very warm alcohol trail.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Rich caramel beer with an off-white head. Caramel/toffee aroma with light bourbon. Bourbon flavor with caramel/toffee. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon lingers with caramel/toffee.
nickd717 (3561) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bistro -Bal Aged Fest. Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber color from the tap with a small but lasting off-white head sitting on top. The aroma is excellent, with sweet caramel malts, a nice barrel character with vanilla and slight oxidative notes, bourbon, and a little sherry. The flavor is bomb. Sweet caramel malt and toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and nice dried fruit notes. Very tasty. Medium-full bodied with carbonation on the softer side and a rather smooth mouthfeel. I actually liked this slightly better than the brandy version, although not many others agreed with me on that.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, "Bourbon Barrel Aged" label, bottle #72 / 156, courtesy of my friend Kyle (an awesome surprise gift from his trip up north). Thanks, dude! Pours a deep, dark cola color with high clarity; thin, light-tan head that soon leaves only a thin perimeter of tight-packed bubbles. There’s a sour-mash quality to the barrel treatment that I can’t help but parallel with a pickle-like character, but that quickly tempers out to merely a bit of a rough barrel treatment; some alcohol apparent, a tasty caramel note, as well as a bit of ashiness; overall: a beer overwhelmed by the barrel. Medium-full body; light carbonation. Lots of prominent bourbon notes at the forefront of things, really overwhelming the base beer (not getting the same degree of pickle-y notes as at first, but this is still a bit rough); lots of mouth-filling barrel character that isn’t especially harsh, but it’s really just too much for John Barleycorn; the caramel, chewy notes of the base beer are still pleasant underneath, trying to keep up, but this is definitely a top-heavy and underwhelming barrel treatment; it becomes all barrel with an underweight base. Lasting finish: soft bourbon, caramel; the sweetness here is kept in check; layered, tasty, lightly toasty end.
hayduke (3389) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Strangebrew 2010 in Eureka, CA. This poured a muddy brown with a robust tan head. Nose of ripe fruit, vanilla, oak, caramel malts, and of course bourbon. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is very rich with the same fruit, vanilla, oak, caramel malts, and whiskey found in the aromas. Finish is long and bitter. Takes a fantastic beer and makes it even better.
Ratman197 (9961) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a cloudy brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel and fruittiness with a smooth lingring oaky carmel finish.