Oskar Blues G’Knight (Bourbon Barrel)
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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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also called "Whiskey Barrel" G’Knight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Tap, Max’s American Craft Beer Festival. Pours a clear, reddish-amber color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Chewy, hard candy and vanilla in the aroma. Dense, chewy mouthfeel: plenty of hard-tack candy (a term I think only my grandmother uses anymore?); candy sugar and red fruits and caramel; relaxed carbonation; slight hint of vanilla / wood. Slightly different beast from the regular Gordon: chewer, denser, diminished hop presence. Lengthy, candy sugar and light vanilla finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 [Draft @ Max’s] Poured a lightly hazy, amber color, with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, floral hops, pine, caramel malts, and tropical fruits. The whiskey appeared in the taste, along with more pine, some tobacco, caramel malts, citrus fruits, and sharp bourbon, leading way to an alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8465) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Draft at Max’s. Slightly cloudy golden orange colored body with a 1-inch off-white (almost pink) head. Fruity and sugary hops tasted, mostly in the back since up front it’s this doughy, bready buttery whiskey flavor that doesn’t really do anything for me. However, the whiskey qualities are quite light, same as in the whisky Ten FIDY. A little too buttery in the nose, and of course the whisky-flavored butter notes only get more pronounced as the glass reaches room temperature. Can’t say I was impressed by this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Sampled at the 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer is murky light golden-brown with a small, white, frothy, head that disapates into a ghost on the surface.<P> The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, chocolate, increasing caramel; Hoppy with moderate note of resin/pine, light notes of lemony citrus and grass; Yeasty with moderate notes of basement, trace of dough; Moderate candy sugar, light alcohol.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, trace bitter with a long, lightly warm, moderately sweet finish.<P> The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is average.<P> Didn’t catch a ton of whisky or barrel character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
On tap at the Brick Store on 3/8/07 (Oak-Aged Gordon): Pours a transparent deep copper orange with a large, well-lacing frothy off-white head. Big, fresh, piny hoppy aroma has some sweet caramel malty notes with a nice, fresh, earthy, woody oaky presence with a touch of vanilla. Body starts with a nice light malty sweetness, good resiny hop flavor and the perfect balance of oak flavor with a slight hint of vanilla bourbon. Very drinkable with nice complexity. Finishes drier, crisp and bittersweet and hides the alcohol well. Much better than the regular version.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
Draught. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), heavily hoppy (resin), with notes of wood, vanilla, and candy. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Not a whole lot different than the standard Gordon...barrel character is light to my senses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest listed as "Gordon on Bourbon" but my rating was moved here so I’l have to live with that cuz i don’t think ti’s the same beer. my notes are pretty unclear but i recall the barrel really mellowing the hops out too much and losing the gordon character. vanilla and whiskey are big in this one. not too good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerist (14) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2007
On tap at the Brick Store Appearance is cloudy/amber with a thin creamy head. Aroma is citrusy hoppiness with a slight touch of toast. Flavor is big grassy, citrusy hops with a big presence of malt sweetness to balance it. Oakiness prevalent in the finish. Oak seems to mellow the hops. Overall not as good as normal fresh, on-tap Gordon, IMO. The oakiness mellowed the hops a little bit too much, IMO, and didn’t add too much in return.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Tap @ Brick Store. Hazy brown, large tan head with very nice lacing. Nose is woody whiskey, orange concentrate, vanilla, resin. Pretty unique. Flavor is whiskey, hops, lots of citrus (grapefruit/orange) Vanilla, milky finish. Mouth tingling hops. A bit of smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Pours a hazy copper color with a offwhite head. Aroma is citrus hops. Flavor is of nice malts with some woody notes and a bitter grassy, citrus hop finish.

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