beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Sampled at the 3rd Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-aged Beers held at Goose Island (Wrigleyville branch), Chicago, IL. Served on tap. Aged in Heaven Hill barrel. Dark brown-black hued strong ale having a small diminishing white head with spare lacing. Powerful aroma of bourbon whiskey and some sweet malt. Average carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied with creamy texture that starts with overwhelming bourbon whiskey flavor and some bitterness and finishes with lingering bitterness. A good beer but strong bourbon flavor and smell was a bit much. Is it beer or booze? uPDATE(04.18.06) One pint, 6 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 9% ABV. 19o P. Poured clear dark ruby brown with small white head. Soft carbonation. Sour milk and caramel in the nose. Full bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and sour milk/burnt sugar/smoke flavors. Finishes with light malt fade and light bitterness. Thick, smooth and milk-like creaminess in the mouth. Lush full flavors. Well balanced delicious ale, though some may be put off by the lactic acid presence. By Jove, this is New Holland’s grand cru. The non-bourbon version is superior (score 4.2 impression 18).
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown with burgundy highlights topped by a thinnish film and a thickish ring. Aromas are leafy and warm with bourbon, light chocolate, green wood and maple syrup. Heady flavor with light spices in the finish... dirty sweet with alot of ABV. Very smooth (with the exception of sinus-burning alcocol), medium-bodied texture with lightly syrupy leanings.
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Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This one fights description. It’s somewhat like a scotch ale, smokey and strong, yet hops are present. The oak really comes through in the nose. Good stuff, I don’t know if I would want more than one at a sitting, but I like it. It makes me want to sit in a big throne, crown all cock-eyed on my head, deciding fates of the masses.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Overcarbonated. Very dark brown, huge tan head. Bourbon and yeast aroma, maybe some roast down there somewhere. Malty rosty flavor, very sharp and disorganized, with a rather dominant alcohol component. Too much carbonation on the palate. Sharp stinging flavors on the tongue. These flavors are not meshing at all for me and are making this one hard to finish.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
’05 GTMW sample. ’03 batch. Very dark brown body. Spiced rum, coffee and peach in teh aroam. Tart flavor: chocolate malt rhubarb, and a cream element. Roasty finish.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to JPDIPSO for sending this. Pours a black color with a ring of white lace. Aroma and flavor of malt, sweetness and sourness.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ GTMW. Mostly opaque with some medium brown color lightening at the edges. Head consists of a layer of dust left undisturbed for a 10-year period, and mostly tan in color. Aroma radiates rye, chocolate, caramel, jerky, cedar and peat. Syrup strikes instantaneously at first sip. Buttery Hershey syrup, tangy like a motherf*cker. Milk? Nah. Over sweetened with a nearly vinegar-like underlay. I think it’s time I called it quits on this brewery.
IndianaRed (2159) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a dark brown/black with a small light borwn head and faint/sparce lacing. Wonderfull aroma of old barrels and sweet vanilla. The flavors however I though were dry, sour and acidic. Some of the barrel aged characteristics were prominant as well. My thoughts were that this might make a good marinade for my next steak. A dry tart finish.Thanks Mr Facto for this one.
pinkzambia (1389) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: "Yikes" is your first reaction to this tangy & sour brew. It punches you in the mouth at first, but then after a while, grows on you like a slightly annoying friend. It has aromas of vanilla and wood splinters. This is worth the experience. In my small and limited career, I have had nothing like it. Enjoyable. Thanks to Indiana_Red for splitting this 12 oz. bottle three ways with Bück Dich and me!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/auburn color, off-white head, light lacing. Nose of rice vinegar, chocolate roast, cold used coffee grounds, lactose, some soy sauce. The flavor is tart with the oak tannins, some tobacco and fruit gluten flavors. Finishes tangy, salty, sweet, roasted. Very unique in an old peculiar way. Thanks Ken!