Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Cole’s Rare beer fest, Buffalo. See, this is why I am so hesitant on Barrel aged beers. Ten Fidy was done to perfection while this one was overwhelmed. Amber pour with good sized white head. Aroma is very nice - lots of vanilla and sweet malt. The taste though is way too sweet and way too bourbony and it completely overwhelms the very good base beer. Oh well, back to the Whiskey Barrel Ten Fidy for me...
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. At Cole’s Rare Beer Fest, January 2009. Hazy deep amber with a small off-white head. Quite a mellow aroma, vanilla, sweet caramel, slightly floral - not very hoppy at all (DIPA?). The taste - sweet and bourbony, mild dry hoppiness in the background, but when I burped - oh, yeah, there’s the hop. Thin body, slightly astringent, soft and a little flat - and a long oak/vanilla finish (not too alcoholic). Quite tasty, and the IPA bitterness finally emerges in the aftertaste - a rare solid IPA that seems to work fairly well with the bourbon.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009-01-24. Dark brown-mahogany body, headless. Bourbon barrel in the aroma, more vanilla and wood and bit less bourbon than the others. Flavour is likewise endowed with a lot of vanilla and wood, light malt middle, light bitterness in the finish. Lingering bourbon in the aftertaste. Average plus palate. Decent. Tap at Coles Rare Beer Fest, Buffalo
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coles Rare Beer Festival , Appearance: slight haze on brownish base with lighter top. 3+ Aroma: lovely blend of whiskey accents with good malted base , cask’ey , sweet with fruity accents, hint of plum. Flavor/Palate: medium bodied. Cask feel on sides, warmth of alcohol all together neatly blended. Malty centre , enjoyable brew. Lighter finish, touch of raisin. Good balanced whiskey touch.15+/20
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coles Rare beer fest. Lacey cask. Scotch and bourbon tastes is there, with above average mouthfeel. Dark, drinkable.Mellow for certain for a DIPA.
swoopjones (5248) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coles Rare Beer Fest. Pours Deep darker orange. Aromas of whiskey, tea, sweet malts. . Taste is whiskey, sweet malts, mild hop bitterness. Some vanilla. Really mellow compared to regular version
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Pours murky orange brown with a thin head. Whiskey on the nose with a touch of hoppy sweetness. The flavor has a nice restrained bourbon sweetness with a bit of a floral hoppy bite. The balance between the two is spot on, and makes for a pretty interesting beer.
NachlamSie (2614) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[November 1, 2008]
On tap at The Brick Store. Pours a murky brown red. The aroma has lots of oaken qualities. There is a distinct vanilla character though a faint nip of hops comes out here and there. The palate is exceedingly creamy and works well with all the tannins. Suggestions of vanilla, cigars, oak chips, biscuits, and dead hops come out. This is weirdly good and not at all an IIPA anymore.
Theis (12528) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew. Cloudy brown - white head. High bourbon, vanilla, coconut, wood, nice hoppy, caramel, dried fruits, alcoholic, chocolate, cocoa. Over the top !!!
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Trappeze. Poured very dark with a decent beige head, lot of lacing. Aroma of whiskey, little hops, malt, vanilla, fruit. Taste was also heavy on whiskey and oak, and light on Gordon. Some fruit as well. I’d be hard pressed to tell you this was Gordon; the whiskey really takes over. Nice brew, though I’d prefer a little less whiskey on this.