Headbanger (3578) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle ’12 Vintage 12/26/12 (Whole Foods-Lamar AUS)-40° in Engligh Pint-Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, caramel, and chocolate. Taste of the same with more chocolate and bourbon. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down easy. Nice brew.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Opens and gushes a bit pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Dark fruit, spice, and slight bourbon. Medium
Mouthfeel. Rich flavors; dark chocolate, spice, green apple, and dark fruit notes. I tend to believe this is slightly infected given the carbonation level and slight green apple notes.
wchesser (1577) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a trade with Errl! Thanks! ’11 vintage enjoyed in winter ’12. Very nice nose of bourbon and some coconut and vanilla. Some earthy nutiness, like hazelnuts. Dark brown with no lacing. Thin in appearance and palate. Taste followed nose. Nothing to write home about but enjoyable enough around a backyard campfire in early winter with friends.
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a pleasent enough black with frothy head. But at first sniff, I knew I was in trouble- heavy coconut that followed all the way to the taste. The palate was a bit thin as well.
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage poured into the trusty Jester King snifter. Dark reddish brown with limited transparency boasting an eggshell meets khaki pencil-lead thin head. Not overly carbonated, and not necessarily under carbonated. Aroma is weak, especially given the first taste and subsequent bourbon bath my tongue takes. First impression: alcohol burn (light), sweet toffee, coconut, charred oak, bourbony molasses and caramel. After drinking the 2011, I expected a much more subtle and, frankly, disappointing beer. This is much better than expected. Flavors of macadamia nuts, lightly spicy English hops, rich and fresh bourbon, soda, ubiquitous caramel, lightly bittersweet chocolate, mild roasted malt. Good beer and the brewery’s best offering.
boomerbrew (143) - Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
i only got a small sample at a Christmas party. Nice malty aroma, dark dark beer with creamy brown head, good head retention, thick malty tastes, didn’t notice the bourbon or oak flavors I was looking for, nice on the palate, a good sipping beer. Overall a great effort by the brewery to go the extra mile to bring something different to their fans.
reggiedunlop (3537) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown...opaque...with a medium tan head. Aroma has mild candied fruits, faint peat, raisin, and mild bourbon. Flavor has light raisin and vanilla...bourbon is light...almost like a dubbel. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with some nice oak and very mild bourbon in the finish.
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, vanilla, raisins, and caramel. Taste is quite sweet, mild bitter, with a sweet woody finish. Medium body, on the lighter side of medium considering the ABV/style, soft carbonation. Very easy to drink. Solid.
fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled a near black with touches of red at the top of the head. Short lived light brown head but better looking film I think. A dirty off white film. On swirling get one finger but quickly goes back to film. A couple of spots here and there but not a lot of any significant lacing.
S-- Crazy good nose. Got bourbon, vanilla, Oak, dark fruits (mostly raisin), and warm butterscotch. Very well balanced smell on this. Bourbon is quite soft but well done.
T-- Vanilla, raisin, butterscotch, oak and slight hints of bourbon. Solid tasting.
M-- Medium to low carbonation and medium bodied. A little spicy in the mid palate. Raisin, vanilla and bourbon dominated. Not very syrupy or sweet. Pick up the alcohol in the back of the mouth but just in fits of warmth and spiciness. A couple of thin gaps here and there, also a little bit of watery gaps. Both in mid palate. Also pick up some grape notes to this. Has some cola qualities to this.
O--- very nice beer
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On keg. 6 months old.
Dark brown pour, head dies down and leaves nice lacing.
Lots of whiskey in the nose and dried fruits.
Taste is fruitcake with definite whiskey. Nice and oaky but far from overpowering. As fits the name, the booziness warms, rather than burns.