KajII (705) - 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...
RmmHronek (163) - 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. It’s overly sweet, I had to dump it out.
emacgee (3445) - 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 (2933) - 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 Strykzone’s 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 (3814) - 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 (83) - - 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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mwbrady12 (398) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong aroma of bourbon and what seems like scotch, dark changing appearance, simpler than expected taste with a thin mouthfeel.
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maxwelldeux (2226) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate off-white head. Nose is hugely filled with bourbon, and I get little else with it. Taste is much like a muted bourbon with a bit of harshness. OK, but too bourbon forward for my tastes.
Tmoney99 (8784) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, nuts and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good brew.
alexsdad06 (3043) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from my NC friends. Pours a deep reddish amber color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, bourbon, ripe fruity notes with a very light woody note. The flavor is sweet caramel, bourbon, big fruity notes, vanilla and light wood character. A touch thin and definitely sweeter. Not too bad overall, but I couldn’t drink this by myself.
b3shine (2249) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle to snifter (thanks alexsdad06). Looks solid; a semi-transparent amberish-brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells and tastes sweet with notes of malt and bourbon with an average mouthfeel. A little thin, but good beer nonetheless.