phaleslu (6502) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via STLHops trade. Thanks again, Jeremy! Best by February 2013. Oh well. I just got it this week. Pours a deep, hazy, almost muddy mahogany chestnut brown color with a small beige head that settles into a ring and a few spots. Aroma is barrel-forward; vanilla, oak, coconut, caramel, toasted chocolate, brown sugar, and smooth bourbon. Not much Scotch ale character in comparison to the barrel notes but it smells great. The flavor drops off a bit; quick bourbon barrel notes initially, with bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, and coconut, giving way to earth, leaves, and chocolate. The body has thinned; smooth and almost watery, with minimal carbonation. Some lingering booze but not much. Had the body held up better and flavor popped more, this would be awesome. As it stands, it’s still pretty damn good, mostly held up by the nose.
obguthr (3830) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Charred oak and walnut nose. Clear chestnut, thin yellow head. Flavor is all whiskey. Medium body, slightly boozy but tolerable. Lacks character.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from tap at city beverage. Pours a nice dark hazy brown color with an off white head that doesn’t last too long. Significant bourbon nose with notes of vanilla, malt, and oak. Flavor is significant of bourbon and its hard to pick out some of the other flavors. Solid alcohol finish.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours dark red with no head even after swirling.
Aroma: Strawberry rhubarb pie. Brown sugar.
Taste: Caramel, sweet bramble, cocoa,very light, faint spicy hops.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Modest carbonation.
Overall: Very tasty, enjoyable, but I wasn’t able to pick out any barrel character. Kind of reminded me of Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Frosted Frog…minus the barrel.
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to snifter (thanks John). Looks solid; a cloudy amberish brownish-black with very little carbonation and razor-thin lacing. Smells solid too; sweet and boozy. Tastes like it smells with a mild coconut presence and a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from kan. Pours dark brown/black with no head. Aroma has charcoal, vanilla, dark fruit. Flavors sharp charcoal notes, figs and vanilla, touch vinous, long boozy watered down bourbon notes and charcoal. Thin to medium body. I can’t imagine this was blended since the barrel is so charcoal forward. Really solid base, just needs either a better barrel or some blending.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle that my brother brought back from Charlotte, thanks Jeff! Pours a deep brown colored body with a finger-width, frothy and creamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweet bourbon and caramel with some molasses notes, a light chocolate, vanilla, toasty coconut, and a balanced woodiness. Flavor is similar. Sweet caramels, molasses, and bourbon with a nice woody vanilla, toasty coconut, light chocolate, and a subtle fruitiness. Finishes clean and dry, but malty and sweet before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. Sweeter, but lots of barrel character to balance while never getting too over-the-top. Very enjoyable.
RABinCO (1287) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not a fan of scotch ales, but this one has me believingevery one should be bourbon aged and i’ll love them! Pours deep cola with a tan head. Huge chocolate and vanilla and coconutty bourbon. Taste is the same, and it’s very smooth and sweet. Definitely a sipper. Delicious!
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown/red with very faint white head. Malty booze aroma. Taste has a nice creamy body nice barrel toffee finish.
maxwelldeux (3664) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head. Nose has a lot of bourbon and wood notes. Taste has just a hint of sweetness with some roasting and bourbon in there. Finishes very smooth.