KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a murky medium chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing down to a thin puddled film and medium collar which produced only fair streaky lacing.
It had an aroma that was of toasted sweet dark bread malts and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon and a slight nutty/woody scent.
As for the taste it was sweet and malty with a hint of caramel and a touch of chocolate pretty much throughout, with the finish having a strong vanilla presence and a slightly nutty alcohol ending. The flavor lingered for an average duration proceeding the swallow with a boozy, sweet, nutty, cask taste settling nicely on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and a bit dry in texture with a soft mild carbonation.
Overall this brew screams booze and vanilla towards the end, with the middle having a light chocolate-caramel sweetness and a nice dark roastiness...
drfabulous (5882) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Geoff. Nice carbonation. Slightly boozy nose. Caramel and brown sugar and molasses like sweetness in taste. A little bit sticky. Not too much bourbon on the taste.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Justin. Aroma and flavor of light caramel malts, limited hop, and a lot of sweet bourbon. Not the biggest fan of this one, but it did the job to mellow out the fact that I didn’t catch a fish the whole weekend. Ok beer.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet, vanilla, sour-mash bourbon, light body, caramel color, little head, hot alcohol
JaBier (6444) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear copper pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, bourbon and yeasty esters. Caramel and booze also in the flavor, but there’s an eerie tartness that speaks to infection. Hoping to try this one again and will re-rate if it’s better.
Suttree (5857) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Brown, thin white head, but a bonus appearance point for the cool label. Smells like brown sugar, molasses, honey and bourbon. Very heavy, a also a bit boozy. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla and a little bit of oak.
mnoud (311) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2012.07.18 - on tap at Appalachian Vintner. Nothing magical but a nice balance between sweet and roasty brown ale.
Travlr (19556) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Duckworths. Hazy briwn color. Aroma of caramel and toast. Taste is boozy caramel.
zizzybalubba (1743) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.