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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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New Frontier Beer: Boone, travelling through Kentucky on his way to the frontier, needed a place to store his beer. He placed an imperial brown in discarded bourbon barrels. Months later he had an amazing beer that would cellar well. And so the legend was born. *Events presented here are not factual, but are based on actual events. In our dreams. After sampling the beer a few times. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Draft at Duckworths. Hazy briwn color. Aroma of caramel and toast. Taste is boozy caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zizzybalubba (1418) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville, NC. Pours the expected dark brown (think more like a brown ale than a porter) with a thin beige head. Bourbon hits the nose first followed by light chocolate. The bourbon is rather strong in flavor and not very well integrated yet. Often bourbon aging leads to other flavors (vanilla, coconut, etc) but this just tastes like bourbon. There is some detection of what is left of a brown ale with notes of chocolate and light hops and there is a bit of oak detected. But overall this either will benefit from more time in the bottle or perhaps it is just an average beer that did not benefit the way I would have hoped from the barrel aging. Not bad, just disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Picked this up after having the Seven Devils by Olde Hickory and loving it. I was stoked to try another barrel aged beer. This ended up being just meh. The barrel is definitely there on the aroma and taste, and really in a nice balance. A lot of barrel aged beers can get too heavy on the barrel (looking at you Foothills and Mother Earth). Olde hickory has done a good job (in my experience) of accentuating the beer with the barrel, and not vice versa. Anyway- seven devils is better, this beer was just so-so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8133) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Sample at the Central OH BA Tasting at From The Vine on 06/02/2012: The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of dark malt, bourbon and fruit. Medium body with a bourbon character and notes of sweet malt, brown sugar and a touch of dark fruit. The finish is slightly boozy with a malty aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9160) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Clear, deep, dark copper ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The aroma is a mélange of bourbon, caramel, milk chocolate and vanilla. Full-bodied with a mildly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor provides heavy bourbon and vanilla with touches of milk chocolate and caramel. Finishes boozy and mostly sweet. Now this is a brown ale! Kudos to landhoney for bringing this bottle back from Charlotte with him!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Tap at Carrboro Beverage. Hazy orange brown with a small white lace. Nose is fairly fruity (grape, apple, pear), light bourbon, brown sugar, honey, booze. Flavor is sorta smokey and peaty at first, more brown sugar, light fruit, malty. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012

Date: April 21, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Hickory Hops 2012
Appearance: clear brown, creany tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma, caramel and vanilla
Flavor: rich chocolate and caramel flavor, vanilla sweetness, light oak
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Bomber. I hate brown ales but this one is brilliant. Just the right amount of bourbon flavor... does not overpower the brown ale style (i.e. it can still be called a brown ale). Bourbon aroma (of course). Overall highly recommended beer from these exceptional brewers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swiftsoles (19) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Had on draft. A finger of head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Not as big of a nose as I expected, smelled toasty, malty, and a bit nutty. Taste was good, a strong bourbon flavor, but not too over powering. I’ve found some bourbon aged beers hard to drink, but this was actually pretty smooth and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2012
The newest of the special-releases OHB is coming out with this year. Bottled just within the last week. Bottle split and shared with a friend. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark hazy amber-tinted brown. There is absolutely no head on this at all. Just a thin lacy ring around the edge. Nose is big with bourbon, oak, vanilla. Mouth is moderate-to-full. Carbonation is decent. Big bourbon flavors, that like their last release - Seven Devils, overtake any and all other flavors. There isn’t a lot of "brown" coming through. Vanilla, bourbon, sweet syrupy finish. Slight cola-like characteristics noted as well. This is decent, but the barreling really overpowered this beer. Had higher expectations for this one.

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