fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle shared during a fun tasting with padrefan and stefanje. Murky brown with just a bit of head. Aromas were wood and dark dried fruits. Flavors were similar with a nice bourbon flavor and more dark fruits. Alcohol was noticeable, but not too hot. Lots of sweet and dusty, earthy flavors on the finish. Pretty good.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2011 Courtesy of fordest. Bottle shared with fordest and padrefan. Poured an amber-brown color that sort of looked like a cola. The head was small and quickly disappeared. The aroma was rich with Bourbon (and not rot-gut bourbon either, good stuff like Makers Mark). The flavor, like the aroma, is equally rich with good bourbon. In fact, my first reaction is that some madman carbonated a whiskey. Besides the bourbon, other big complex flavors present are oak, sweet malts, vanilla and raisins. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy but holds up well. The finish is long with a slight sour character lingering. Overall: A first rate beer, I’m glad that i got the chance to try it. Highly recommended. Re-rate on 1-1-11, bottle from Bev4less, 2009 vintage, all notes and rating remain as they were. Still a great beer.
Pailhead (5450) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of mj at the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock release party
Bottle: The aroma consists of maple syrup, chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and light bourbon. It pours a transparent brownish-orange with a minimal white head. the liquid leaves nice sticky legs behind. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. Maple syrup is there, but it’s toned down compared to the brandy barrel version. The finish has notes of vanilla and bourbon and the alcohol is much hotter than the brandy barrel version.
alexanderj (3402) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
NOTB; really disappointing for me. Had high expectations. However, as I look back at my rating for the stock beer, I didn’t like that too much either. So maybe it shouldn’t be too surprising. Palate was on the thin side. Flavor had some decent fig and apple in it. Can’t read my other notes. Maybe my least favorite of the night.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very different beer from the Brandy version. Had them side by side for comparisons sake. Still thick and chewy but much more subdued with a much more mild bourbon oak flavor. A little bit more heat on the finish as compared to the brandy but still thick and chewy. Nice beer
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest Night of the Barrels, 2/15/08. Poured murky brown, with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Aroma is not as intense as its brandy-aged sibling. Bourbon and oak flavors nicely compliment the malt and peat flavors of the original beer. Long bourbon and oak finish. I enjoyed this a bit more than the Brandy Aged Old Stock, as I think the barrel aging worked a bit better in this case.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
EBF NOTB. Some fig and mostly bourbon in the aroma. The palate was a little thin, and the flavor had too much bourbon. There was some nice sweet malt / fig, and a little grape character, but not enough to save this beer. Maybe it will calm with age.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50th Rating of this brew, 375ml I ordered from the brewery. Shared with my girlfriend at a party. Pours reddish brown with a tan ring. Nose is full of bourbon and sweet. Taste is sweet, sharp, and pretty nice, not as good as the Brandy though.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 375mL Bottle. Mostly transparent, chestnut brown colored pour with a thin head of wispy off-white. Loads of spicy oak and vanilla saturate a powerfully decadent aroma. So much bourbon character present, but it has a refined, apertif-like quality. Spicy fig fruits, gooey caramels, and sticky maple syrup add further complexity. Incredibly boozey, but wonderfully so. Full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, tickling texture. Brown sugar and maple syrup malt sweetness up front on the palate, along with lighter, balancing flavors of vanilla, coconut, and caramel. Some dark fruity characters start to come out mid-palate, raisin and prune, but this transitions into a spicy fig sensation as the oak character starts to take over. The finish is all oak, leaving a husky, spicy woody character lingering on the palate in the final smack with some tingling bourbon. A bit hot, but certainly a complex, enjoyable sipping beverage with some of the most intense oak flavors/aromas I’ve had the pleasure of smelling in a beer.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@Dr.Bills Brown and orange in color. Diminishing head. Light bourbon smell. Fizzy with a sweet end.