charule (1157) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from old trade. Poured dark brown black with thin cream ring. Aroma of sweet maple sugar vanilla bourbon. Light carb med bod. Taste is pretty maple bourbon char bitter.
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at a STL tasting - Pours mahogany brown with no head. The aroma has cocoa, vanilla, toffee, some bourbon and an overall richness. It has a full rich body with light sharp carbonation. The aroma has toffee, smooth scotch ale malt, cocoa, alcohol and caramel. The finish is heavy on the vanilla and alcohol warmth. Good for the style.
beernbourbon (1310) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is murky dark brown with a thin ring of tan bubbles. Aroma is big with lots of burnt caramel, alcohol, wafer cookies, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Big, but nice. Flavor is true to nose with lots of rich, dark caramel, light alcohol, and a smooth vanilla finish. Sweet, but not too sweet with a wonderful smooth, rich finish. I was not sure what to expect from this beer, but it is really good.
jtclockwork (8594) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by me. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, oak, chocolate cake soaked in alcohol and molasses. Medium body.
UDBeernut (1777) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle pours deep amber, ruby edges, no head. nose bourbon nose. taste begins with burnt sugar, plums, strong smoke bourbon finish. body is slightly thin at times but overall passable.
keanex (1477) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: The pour is murky with a chestnut hue and inside the glass the beer appears a completely opaque deep chestnut with light showing through the edges. A very short and short lived light tan head forms a small coating, but quickly retreats into the body.
Aroma: Brown sugar, oak and bourbon initially greet my nose with slightly smokey aromas and a dried dark fruits presence. There’s a sort of coca cola like aroma as it warms up a bit, though the other aromas are noted.
Taste: The intro has a coca cola vibe with a slight sweetness. Vanilla kicks in strong by the mid-taste with a big caramel, dried dark fruits, and brown sugar. The finish kicks in a hint of coconut, with brown sugar, a touch of bourbon lingers and a taste of flat coca cola, finishing sweet.
Palate: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated.
Overall: I enjoy the flavors going on, but I keep getting the vibe that I am drinking flat coca cola. I certainly am going to struggle even drinking the 12 ounce bottle. This could have easily been split with 2-3 people. It’s good and I’m glad to have tried it, but it’s not my favorite.
bytemesis (3318) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to csteel2144! Pours cloudy deep mahogany black, small creamy brown head that dissipates leaving nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark sugars. Flavor is much the same, boozy and sweet, vanilla and bourbon, dark cherries, a bit HoTD-like actually. Minimal bitterness or astringency. Quite smooth and drinkable, if a little hot. Medium body, decent mouthfeel. If I were to knock it, it is perhaps too much on the bourbon side, with the scotch ale characteristics fading away. Nice effort though!
rhsiung (768) - USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12-oz bottle from wlvliquors. darker than i expected. head didn’t last. sweet, creamy, peaty, boozy. i’d have this again.
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to John. Pours a dark brown with beige head. The aroma is strong peat, smoke, and roast. Medium mouthfeel with light scotch oak and nice boozy smokiness in finish. Very impressive.
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Cola-colored with an off-white head. Nose is sweet molasses, whiskey--real smooth--and a dark malt base. Taste is hot and sharp, with lots of sugary sweetness. Slick and medium-bodied. Lowish carbonation. Just too much heat in the taste for me.