FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed March 2012; Sampled June 2013
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a lightish amber color (like a light honey) and shows a lightly hazed, light amber hue when held up to the light. The nose smells of rich, almost butter, concentrated pale malt, vanillin notes, and a sweet, though complex, pale malt grain character. The malt and barrel character combine to produce an almost fruitiness that sort of reminds me of rum soaked golden raisins, though without the alcoholic warmth. There is a very soft, sort of nutty, toasted oak character here, and perhaps just a hint of spice character.
Somewhat sweet, richly textured and malt through the middle, and the finish just sees a dense, chewy, incredibly mellow and smooth Bourbon Barrel character settle into the palate with a decadent, vanilla soaked sweetened coconut flavor. The sweet malt and barrel character again combine to suggest at an almost fruit character; I can best describe it as golden raisin with a touch of orange marmalade, but that is a bad deScription. Sweet pale malt provides a sort of sweet, not quite caramelized, grain cracker like note, as well as a chewy bread like sweetness. There is a hint of herbal character here, I am not sure if it is residual hop notes, or just a suggestion from the barrel character, and the bitterness is here, but definitely on the light side to allow the malt character to dominate here.
I really like how smooth the barrel character is here; it is so well integrated and manages to not pick up the heat and harsh character that many a barrel aged beer do; in fact, this is one of the smoother barrel aged beers that I have ever had. A surprisingly good beer that I was not expecting at all; really quite nice and I have to thank DovaliHops for sending me this one.
arminjewell (8737) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Richard! Hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of grass, bread, some bourbon, vanilla and oak, some slight spicy notes into a bit of hay. Taste was a mix of sweet vanilla, some oak, bourbon into a bit of grass, spice, some slight bread into a bit of earth, finishing fairly sweet.
BeerandBlues2 (10891) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange with a small and rapidly dissipating, fizzy white head. Aroma is honey malt, sweet oak and bourbon, near caramelized sweetness, vanilla, and pears. Flavor is sweet and rich malt, sweet vanilla and bourbon with oak notes, somewhat alcoholic pepperiness and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
monk191 (1378) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic unique beer. Pours a fairly innocuous cloudy orange/yellow with a thin white head. However, you start to realize this is something special when you smell. Lots of vanilla and whisky that complement each other almost perfectly. Some oak in the smell as well. Taste is very heavy whisky, but the vanilla mellows it out to a nice balance. Taste starts creamy and ends crisp, with some more pine and oak, a bit of citrus on the backend, and a whisky aftertaste. Had on tap at Mellow Fellow in Tahoe.
slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The heaven hill bourbon makes this blonde bock absolutely friggin delicious. Vanilla, oak, toasted coconut. One of the best mammoth brews I’ve had. Looking for it again..."
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A strong vanilla whiskey aroma. This is really quite good. Tons of vanilla and whiskey flavors, but the alcohol is just a little too evident.
Defreni (2860) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske: Taster og helt klart den bedste øl fra Mammoth. Super overrasket over hvor godt fadlagringen har fungeret. Helt fantastisk duft af bourbon ovenpå en lysorange diset øl. Smagen er frisk med en solid gang boubon. Stadig superfrisk. Lækker øl.
Oregoncritter (12) - Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013/2014 from a bomber. This is an usual brew - little bit like the Widmer Brrrbon, but with a much smoother palate and finish. A bit odd to get used to (kind of like a sour for me), but then I started to warm up (literally) to it and appreciate it for what it is. Nice bourbon aroma, good body and finish. Not a chugger or a warm day ale, but good in smaller amounts.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, orange pour, white head, nose is caramel, taste is sweet and caramel
fiulijn (16642) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Danish tasting session
Hazy golden color with small head. Strong aroma of bourbon, mellow. Sweetish flavor, malt, cereals, with low bitterness, but a nice Bourbon character.
More barrel than beer, it may become cloying in big quantities.
pentaz (1256) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Yespr. Pours hazy golden with a minimal head. Aroma is maize, toasted malt, nut, toffee, apricot, mild cheesy, vanilla, Taste is moderate sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is fluffy, carbonation is moderate+. Finishes overly sweet.