argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(375ml bottle, thanks kmweaver) Small tan head atop clear red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla/bourbon, some prune/raisin. Taste is sweet, boozy, caramel, Bourbon, raisin/plum. Full body with low carbonation, smooth but too boozy. Seems to me that they screwed up a great beer, but it wouldn’t be the first time someone with some Bourbon barrels did that.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2010 Multiple samples provided by kmweaver and mj. Clear dark amber body with a tiny off-white head. The nose is bourbon, toffee, dark fruits and vanilla. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with toffee, bourbon, vanilla, light coconut, alcohol and prunes. Full body is soft and sticky with moderate carbonation and a hot finish.
update on 7/30/10. Getting a bit oxidized, but the bourbon is more mellow. Quite improved since release, but probably won’t hold up too much longer. 3.8ish
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I actually liked this better then the brandy aged one. Aroma was its weak spot with a very one dimensional bourbon vanilla nose. But upon drinking this guy some new flavors really added to its complexity. The alcohol was there but in a good way, not too hot, but close. Vanilla, oak, malt, caramel. Smooth as can be going down. Fantastic brew.
unclemattie (4248) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
15 DEC 07, Southeast YeHa. Medium deep brown. Aroma of sweet vanilla, alcohol. Vanilla and straight Whiskey. Big alcohol burn, I feel like a scotch drinker now. The Brandy Barrel Old Stock is just a hair better, although this beer is the best of the best. Thanks KP!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to devon at An Evening w/ Pantanap #2.....pours a deep medium brown with a thin white head.....nose of assertive bourbon, vanilla and caramel notes. a heavy emphasis on the barrel aging with this one....flavors that were a little hot and boozy. caramel malt and heavy on the bourbon....not as good as the brandy and could def. use a little aging for other flavors to evolve around the barrel forwardness.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #2". Hazy brown with small brown head. Aroma is big alc with lots of bourbon, smoke, light antiseptic, very hot. Sharp alc flavor that is very barrel forward, barrel fruits, plum. Medium bodied and syrupy. Overall it is hot, but I could see this improving with age.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Pours mahogany with fizzy tan head that disappears quickly. (just like the Brandy barrelled, but this one sticks around a bit longer.) Nose is dominantly bourbon, with hints of toffee and caramel. The flavor is much more influenced by the bourbon than the brandied version, unfortunately drowning out the complexities.
I am a huge fan of bourbon barreled ales, so this is a nice compliment to the original, but I can see how this one rates lower than the brandy barreled. The mouthfeel isn’t as creamy either.
Not as good as the Brandy barreled, but still a darn good ale.RERATE: Age has improved this one dramatically! Smoother and creamier with much more subtlety and all flavors blending beautifully. 2/10th bump.
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #2". 375ml bottle, 2005 vintage. thanks to xnoxhatex. We sampled this next to the Brandy and the 07 original. Pours a clear brown mahoganny. Bourbon, toffee, caramels, bready, red fruit in the nose. Lots of bourbon here. Bourbon all over the flavor too. Sweet fruit, toffee, caramels, dark fruit, butter with a very present alcohol. The bourbon was their on the pour and seemed to take over this brew as it warmed. Decent, but really hot. The bourbon isn’t melding with the beer much yet, give this one a year or two.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #2". 375ml bottle, 2005 vintage. thanks to xnoxhatex for this one. sampled next to brandy old stock 05. pours brown with no head. aroma has big bourbon notes, butter. flavor is sharp bourbon, oak, buttery, dark fruits, alcoholy finish and bite. harsh. this needs lots of time, hopefully.
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a clouded, dark brown body with a bubbly beige head.
Smell: Aroma drenched in bourbon with notes of caramel, oak, dark brown sugar, vanilla, fruit, and a puff of smoke.
Taste: Ah, rich caramel with a candylike sweetness you’d find in a dessert-minded liqueur. Macerated dark fruits. Full bourbon flavor with the essential hints of vanilla, wood, and brown sugar. Finishes bourbony with an alcoholic sear of success in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Lush mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A great beer and a fine offspring of the Old Stock Ale, but I gotta say the Brandy Barrel version just barely beats it out.