dfinney23 (1590) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Everyone and their dog is aging beer in bourbon barrels these days but the results rarely disappoint. This one balances the vanilla and oak bourbon notes nicely with the smoky malt of the base beer.
Earlier Rating: 5/28/2011 Total Score: 4.2
Very dark brown with a foamy head. Sweet cocoa malt and woody vanilla. Much more interesting than the regular Okanogan ale.
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Black color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, and some char. Taste of roast, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. On the thinner side.
Chrisundrum (1) - Austin, Alabama, USA - NOV 10, 2012 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
Not to shabby. I would say this is fairly good introductory dark beer for anyone interested in getting into darker beers. Love the subtle hints of jack daniels. Though I would say, and it might be that I had this beer at noon, the beer had a tad flat taste to it, though still has some flavor. Though not much color just looking at it, has a lovely brown, orange red coloring in the light. Overall pretty good.
onceblind (3965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a light tan head. Aroma wasn’t weird, but was unexpected for sure; mesquite wood smokiness with a firm whiskey undertone, and subtle toasty vanilla. Firm flavor of roasty dark maltiness with a caramel and chocolate sweetness, with a great accompanying presence of light oaked whiskey and with a finish of oaked caramel/chocolate/vanilla on a semi light body.
dresden (811) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woah this is nice. Woody and roastyaroma. Taste is less of bourbon barrel with caramel and vanilla. Like a sessionablebourbon barrel beer,huh? Anyways really nice and smoky beer.
craftbeerdesign (2167) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at GABF on 9/30/11. brown pour with a thin tan head. light bourbon nose with some vanilla, nuts and roasted malts. medium body with light oak, bourbon, vanilla, light spices and nuts.
Sledutah (4315) - Utah, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Clear dark amber with a small off-white head
Aroma: Vanilla, bourbon and toasted malts
Taste: Toasted malts, vanilla and woody with a dry finish
Nice and tasty, I’d love to get a bottle of this. Added to my wants list!
douglas88 (5839) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GABF 2011. Quite an unusual brew. Pours a deep brown color with a small grey head. The aroma is rich vanilla, some toffee and toasted malts. The flavor is full of traditional Schwarzbier notes; nutty, toasted malts, some chocolates, but there is a large bourbon and especially vanilla note. Not boozy or hot. Nice.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours a tan head and dark copper color. Aroma is roasty medium malt, scotch/wood. Taste is soft bourbon/vanilla/wood, roasty medium malt-caramel, some spice hops. Medium body.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at nxnw. Pours black with frothy gray head. Aroma is very oaky, with notes of burnt vanilla, chocolate, and roast. Flavor has a malty profile of rich cocoa, with alot of oak and some sweet, warm tones of whiskey. This brew picked up more oak and less bourbon / vanilla tones from the barrell than is usual for barrell aged beers, although it is still distinctly there. My favorite from nxnw so far.