5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep cola, thin sudsy beige head, sparce lacing.   Beachwood smoked nose, either that or applewood or birch.   Not much else, but sure has a smokey nose.   Seems sweet on the nose.   Not a heavy stout, a little thin even.   Smokey on the tongue, but not as assertive on the nose.   Semi sweet maltiness.   Not heavy.   Fairly smooth.   Not big, not heavy, but a great nose with the smoke.   Flavorwise, pretty simple.   Smoke and some woodiness.   Better than expected.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to skyview for sharing. Dark color with fain head. Mild bourbon aroma, with some malty character and a bit of smoke. LOts of strawberry aroma from the wax in the flavor. A very smoky, earth body with a mild bourbon character. Apples on the finish.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for sharing skyview. The beer pours to a black body with a thin white head. Some nice lacing. The aroma is heavy on the meaty smoke. Sausage and jerky. Heavy malts too. The flavor is heavily smoked malt, some sweet chocolate, some odd things going on as well that I can’t place. The palate is medium bodied. Clean and smooth.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Many thanks to Brad for bringing this over! Poured clear, deep brown with a short cap of medium tan head. The aroma picked up a thick, meaty dose of smoke upfront over some moderately-roasted black patent and chocolate maltage.. the smoke never really relents, but unfortunately the Jack Daniels doesn’t really show up. The flavor found smoked malts all the way through (slightly sour) with touches of roasted molasses and dark chocolate supporting.. smoky finish with vanilla and chocolate cake-like notes.. finished smoky, only picking up the slightest hint of bourbon. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with alright balance.. a little spicy and warm, OK overall feel and flow. Solid stuff, but not great.
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle at home ... dark black ... thin tan lacing.. big smokey woody ... yeah little fishysmoke nose ... deep roast ... big smokey ... little chocolate ... little fishy smoke ... ok but not my thing ...
JK (4604) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice packaging. Medium palate. Aroma has moderate whiskey, and it is also present in the flavor. I don’t really get the smoke and all, and I suspect the whiskey is covering up all nuance and any complexity that might be in here. A decent beer that would probably be better if not aged in a whiskey barrel. Thanks to Skyview for sharing.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a 1 litre swing-top bottle directly from the brewery in the Amana Colonies, Iowa. Swing top bottle’s sealing wax has a spiced apple/berry scent that even remained in my vehicle after driving some 300 miles back to Minnesota. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored brew with a fast dissolving beige head that has some minimal retention and thin lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malt, some apple, light bourbon/coconut and a hint of vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, some soft carbonation and texture with flavors of roasted dark malt, some apple, smoked peat, and a hint of berries (possibly from the bottle’s swing top wax residue remaining on my hand. The smoked flavors comes through in the taste but very little in the aroma. Finish is soft, wood-like vanilla with some aftertaste of bourbon, apple and some dark malt. Not an imperial bourbonized stout caliber beer but a medium bodied stout with a fruity and bourbon character.