hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours clear and dark brown with a small, fleeting, mushroom-colored head. The aroma is fantastic. It has all the plush notes of vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate and espresso of the base beer, but also offers subtle notes of bourbon and toasted oak. Full-bodied with a slick, creamy mouthfeel and a touch more carbonation than the base beer. The luxuriant flavor is an intermingling of caramel, mocha, toasted coconut, vanilla and brownie brittle. Lightly warming bourbon, toasted tree nuts and toffee in the finish. Not at all boozy. Better than Alesmith BBA Wee Heavy. Another world class beer brewed by the fine folks at Pipeworks and shipped my way by BBB63!
GlassBrass440 (309) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance is black with brown around the edges. No head. Nose is oak (massive oak), alcohol and molasses. Taste is of vanilla, alcohol, oak, caramel, light chocolate sweetness up front, and a dry finish. No carbonation. I feel it spent too much time on the oak.
Homer321 (2980) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Nose is caramel with some sugar and booze. Light vanilla. Strong cherry and apple flavors initially with a very light and plain finish. Hardly any mouthfeel. Mediocre really. Lacks mouthfeel and chewiness.
charule (1812) - 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 (5009) - 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 (1426) - 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 (11784) - , 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 (2312) - Between JAX and SGJ, 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 (1639) - 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 (5175) - 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!