deyholla (6481) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler thanks to Ilya! Pours a clear amber with a slight brown hue and an off-white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of vanilla and bourbon with sweet grains and a bread backbone. Flavor starts with grain and as light bitterness/booze with growing vanilla and bourbon.
maley1 (727) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark murky brown pour with small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Taste of big time bourbon, caramel, toffee, vanilla and slightly fruity. Tasty beer but I am under the assumption that BA beers should be complimenting the beer, not overtaking the flavor profile. Way to hot! Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, long bourbon finish, lower carbonation. Aging this might mellow it down a bit. I’m not waiting.
shadbow (37) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Meh. Strong and malty sweet like a barley wine. Not my style. Has toffee and caramel tones to it. Sticky mouth feel. BA is in aroma.
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maltman53 (268) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Brewery. Pours black with a thin head and lace. Sweet wood, vanilla, caramel and toffee in the aroma. All of that on the palate. Deep, full-body, nicely balanced and a hefty mouthfeel. Overall, a good example of the bourbon barrel aged beer category.
SpiritToAle (32) - - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wooowee. Boozy. This really caught the character from sitting in that bourbon barrel. Caramel and bourbon on the nose and a deep copper color, almost hazy, invite you into the rich complexion that is this year's reserve. Wow. And wow again. So much vanilla. Maybe a little butterscotch. And bourbon. Plenty of bourbon. I truly cannot believe this is only 9.0%. Halfway through a sampler and I might be drunk. Marble...you've definitely captured my attention.
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onceblind (3933) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged 1.75 years. Hazy light cola, almost a dark copper, under a wee foamy off-white head. The nose is sweet with nice tones of caramel, bourbon and oak, a bit of brown sugar and earthy booze esters. Flavor is hot and woodsy with an earthy sweetness of bitter-ish plum and caramel, bourbon, with a big bourbon and oak finish. A bit more hot than it needs to be. But plenty sweet and complex.
mar (4772) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber/brown with an off white head. Nose is light wood, bread malts, faint alcohol, dough, not much else. Easy palate, wood, sticky malts, dough, toffee, easy finish
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of wet cardboard, dark fruit, roasted malt, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, dates, light oxidation, and noticeable alcohol in the finish.
peteinSD (1333) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Scott - thanks! Murky red pour with a slick of off-white foam. Aroma is light bourbon with minor vanilla over heavy raisin and sweet malt with light bitterness. Taste is bourbon up front and a very sweet, dense malt profile with raisin, plum, toffee, alcohol spice, and hop bitterness on the finish. Coating mouthfeel. Okay. Base beer seems pretty rough.
wchesser (1092) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’12 bottle. Beautiful mahogany red brown in the glass with strong carbonation. Nose of tobacco and tart cherry, toffee, maybe some oak. Taste very much follows, with some bourbony vanilla sweetness. Has aged quite nicely. This is more old ale-forward than bourbon-barrel driven whatever...I think that’s a good thing personally. Very nice and decently priced. Will get again...terrific winter warmer.