DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
25-Jul-13 (22-oz bottle: Thursday Night Bottle Share, shared by Brian)
This beer pours a medium brown, translucent body with a short cap of tan head that settles to a bubbly ring. The nose is caramely malt, toffee, vanilla, prune, bourbon whiskey, and oak barrel, but it smells pretty boozy and alcoholic. On the palate, wow, the oak, vanilla, and boozy bourbon really stand out, possibly because the sweet, caramely malt base isnít powerful enough for this level of intense barrel treatment. Brown sugar and some prune and raisin sometimes emerge from under the boozy cloak. Itís medium in weight, but comes across and a bit thin and watery for a bourbon barrel beer. Carbonation is medium, and the beer is sweet but not cloying. Unfortunately, thereís also a suggestion of heat on the palate, mostly from retro-nasal sensations. Overall, this beer is too tilted toward the boozy, bourbony barrel aging for me to really enjoy it. Iíd like it more if the base beer had more weight here, but better yet would be to tone down the barrelís impact.
jrob21 (2772) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle back from bestway. Dark brown chestnut color. This is more what I expect from these guys with their big beers. Tasty. Lots of wood and vanilla flavor from the treatment. Base beer with some nuttiness and caramel working in the background. Decently sweet bit not overly so. Aroma is purple fruit and vanilla. Finish is on the edge of soy sauce and purple fruit again. Diverse drink that will appeal to a lot of different tastes since it all comes together pretty well.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle through trade, aroma of some fruity cherry aroma and some caramel. Taste is similar, bit nutty and barrel, ot alright.
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DiarmaidBHK (3610) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Appalachian Vintner. (Geez, Is it me or does every olde Hickory label look like it was printed from someones home printer?)) Pours brown with a thin head. Doesnít leave any lacing in the glass. Big bourbon notes on the nose. Even bigger bourbon notes on the nose. I donít get much brown ale from this except for the color. It doesnít make it a bad beer just a one note one.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber from Bestway. Pours a clear bronze color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bourbon and some toffee notes buried in there behind the whiskey. The taste is bourbon, caramel, vanilla, raisin. Medium bodied. Way too heavy on the bourbon
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer is pretty gnarly...flavors of vanilla, burnt marshmallow, slight strawberry and whiskey. Itís overly sweet, I had to dump it out.
emacgee (4244) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soft reddish copper pour with a thin wispy tan head. Nose shows soft vanilla and burnt sugar with some fruit skins. Mild infection shows too. Fruit skins and a light slickness in the flavor. Nice flavor, barrel character shows but definitely infected.
hayduke (3545) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting at Strykzoneís plade. Poued vey dark brown Nose is dominated by whiskey aromas. Medium plus in body. Alcoholic mouth feel The flavor is complex and whiskey again dominates. This was an interesting take on a brown beee and overall was fun to drink, but is was a sipper for sure.
Strykzone (5283) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark brown. A blast of whiskey hits the nose. Vanilla. The flavor is dominated by vanilla. Wood, too. This is really sweet. The finish was back to whiskey.
TimsRatings (421) - - APR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh)
Interesting yet odd combo of beer and BBL tastes. But it misses a touch. Strong bourbon flavor without being harsh
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