bhensonb (13609) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from ericandersnavy - who probably disposes of more Rahr beer than anyone on the planet. Pours pretty dark brown with a small tan head. Bourbon wafts from the glass. Even stronger with vanilla notes when the nose goes into the tulip. Med body. Flavor is malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak. And a good bit of darker fruit. Each sip is strong bourbon and oak. That mellows out to dark fruit, finishing fairly bitter. Then it just starts all over again. Very good stuff. Not very complex, perhaps, but it doesn’t need to be.
jtclockwork (13236) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Etched glass bottle - Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, raisin and oak - Medium body.
Ratman197 (12654) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber coutesy of Thirdeye11 poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, light carmel and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, toasted malt, toffee, light spice and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Hand bottle, courtesy of mar) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, light smoke/peat, and vanilla. Flavor of toasted marshmallow, vanilla extract, caramel, nuts, and cocoa with a somewhat dry oak finish.
Rahr should really consider doing more of these types of beers. German yeast alone does not do it for today’s American craft beer drinkers.
Christian (12546) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Deep, ruby brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of toffee and dried fruit, with loads of bourbon and vanilla. Sweetish malty flavour with overwhelming bourbon character.
mcberko (12383) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from BigTomz (thanks Tom), pours a deep dark brown with a reddish tinge with a medium beige head. Aroma of bourbon barrel, butterscotch, vanilla and toasted bread. Flavour of butterscotch, toasted bread and light bourbon barrels. Quite highly carbonated, with a lingering toasted bread finish. Medium complexity, some of which is distorted by the carbonation. Quite nice.
jcwattsrugger (11892) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle-pours a light tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is vanilla/wood. Taste is vanilla/wood/some bourbon. 3.9
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber courtesy of Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, wood, vanilla and a bit of apple. The taste is toffee, wood, apples, vanilla, bourbon. Thin-medium bodied, low carbonation, slight booze.
daknole (10799) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, light peat, honey, caramel malt. Flavor is oaky, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Nice!
crossovert (10751) - Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a dark brown with a large, fluffy, tannish head that recedes at a decently slow pace.
The smell is bourbonny, but it is not over the top, which I like. There is also some cooca, fruits, and roastiness.
The flavor is kind of lost, so is the mouthfeel. It is rather thin. The predominant flavor is bitterness which really was surprising. It is very bitter for a winter warmer/bourbon aged beer. It has tannic notes, hoppy(?) bitterness, and roasted malt bitterness. There is also some caramel, bourbon, and cocoa.
I don’t think it was executed the way it could have been.