jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, - JUN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012-06-20. Black body with red tinges in the light, nice foamy tan head and lace. 4+ Flavour is prominently barrel aged up front, sweet rich dark malt base below, but the sweet bourbony character is front and centre. Something in the aftertaste that I can’t quite describe, sweet bourbony vanilla, a not quite woody character, sweet sugary malt. The intensity of the barrel influence is just on the cusp of being too much but I am enjoying the richness of it today. 7+ Very smooth medium bodied palate. 4+ Sweet moderately bourbony aroma, sweet vanilla and wood melange is actually rather nice. It overshadows the mild sweet dark malt below, but it works for the most part. 7+ The overall impression is a bit one dimensional but the character of the barrel aging walks a fine line between prominent and over the top. A sipper, and a bit of a kick in the pants at this point in the evening, but pretty solid. On tap at Brydens, Toronto.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at BarHop. Deep brown pour - thin head. The nose is intensely fruity and grapey. A touch of light berry and a little bit of medicinal astringency. Earthy bitterness with some raspberry notes. There is a lot of barrel astringency but not necessarily a lot of barrel flavour. Pepper and toast. Pretty nice really - even if I think it’s been in the barrel a bit too long.
solidfunk (5254) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The guy beside me said this tastes like cider before I had a sip and it’s something odd for sure. Tastes more like lunch box fruit punch. Pours dark brown with good lacing and head. Some oak barrel with aforementioned fruit juice and some hops. Maybe it just doesn’t age well, or maybe throwing a bunch of random beers together in a barrel isn’t always a great idea. On tap at Barhop.
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the GCBF. Hue of dark mocha with tan head. Nose of burning straw @ a chocolate factory. Beautiful. Taste doesn’t match it, but is still pretty good, with warm alcohol... bourbon numbs your mouth, shoots directly to your stomach in the manner of a whiskey, not a beer. Finish is dry roasted malt.
Johnsense (997) - - AUG 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour, a baby finger of head. Slight bourbon, vanilla, chocolate in the aroma. Sweet, with vanilla, dark chocolate, vanilla bear, bourbon, Molasses, Wood, Liquorice. Great for after dinner.
blankboy (6565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Bryden’s for ’Best of the West’, June 21. Pours an interesting-looking deep dark ruby with an average size creamy tan head. Good lacing on the glass. Quite a lovely aroma and flavour, with wood, dark fruit, bourbon, caramel malt and vanilla -- not overly B.A.’ed which is nice. Medium bodied. I enjoyed this more then I thought I would, a pleasant surprise.
probstblueribbon (3297) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint at The Cat. Clear brown-black with a thin mocha head. Strong molasses, licorice, impy stout character, lots of vanilla, a bit of alcohol, bourbon, chocolate. Medium+ body, moderate effervescence. Really alcoholic, tastes a little oxidized, some nice imp stout notes, can’t get past the heavy-handed alcohol. Dry with decent bitterness and a long, lingering, warm finish.
Smelled great. Disappointing flavour.
Spab (2796) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at C’est What Summer Festival Of Craft Breweries. Pours a very dark brown with good-sized, creamy, lacy tan head. Aroma is definite whiskey barrel and chocolate/vanilla. Flavour is quite rich - woody, chocolate, vanilla and anise. Fine carbonation; silky mouthfeel. Quite good.
mabel (7246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[4530-20120620] Tap. Bourbon-infused toasted sweet malt aroma. Black body with a quick creamy off-white head. Sweet roasted and richly chocolate syrup malt flavour. Full body. Has a bit of a surprise bourbon kick to it. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
(@ Bryden’s, Toronto, ON)
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed on tap during OCB week at Bryden’s. 10.5% based on measurement from the markings. Black with tan retaned head of 3/4 of an inch of head. Bourbon aroma. Creamy smooth, initially very barrel and coconut, later sips revealing chocolate malt. Complex and dangerously drinable.