Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas. Pours clear brilliant mahogany with off white head. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla and oak. The taste is pretty full with smooth sweet whiskey that slowly dries out into the finish. To midway the flavor picks up sweet malts blending into sweet nuttiness, faint dark fruitiness and a touch of roast.
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11
Brune foncée, mousse est fine beige.
Au nez, qcq légères notes de bourbon, malt et caramel, au palais le bourbon et la vanille prennent un peu une place arrière où le tout se mélange avec la malt grillé et des notes de fruits.
rosenbergh (6474) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. From a trade with Rosebud butternuts. Thanks a lot Eric!
Dark brown almost black colour with a small frothy light tan head.
Berries, mild sourness, liquorice, mild maltiness and some whiskey sweetness in the aroma.
The flavour is much easier than the complex aroma. Toasted malt, berries, mild sourness, some whiskey sweetness, woody dryness and mild hops in the aroma.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from a buddy in Texas- thanks, Brian! Pours an opaque amber-brown color with a small, initially frothy tan head that settles into a small ring and film. Aroma of caramel, wood, earth, nuts, raisins, dark malts, and a little bit of peppery spice. Flavor of caramel, toasted malts, nuts, earth, vanilla, dates, raisins, brown sugar, wood, and a splash of coffee. Light-medium-bodied, with a roasty, earthy mouthfeel and some sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation. Solid bourbon barrel ale that could stand more body and more bourbon barrel pop.
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Very deep brown, nearly black, large rocky light beige head, nice lacing. Soft vanilla, bourbon, oak, and peaty and chocolaty malts on the nose. Soft bourbon up front, a little warming, some vanilla, graham cracker, nutty and peaty malts. I expected a bit more barrel aging, but as is, its very well balanced. It doesnt overshadow the English Strong Ale underneath it. Very very smooth, yet not real big in body. Had it been, it probably would have been too sweet and cloying. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. This is too easy to drink! Nice balance. Could use a touch more spice, mainly vanilla. Otherwise, this is very tasty and quite the creation. Thanks Bill for this treat!
KyotoLefty (6139) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting.
Bourbon and caramel nose, fruity. Muddy brown appearance. Flavor is sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Rich, tasty, tangy, with a bitter finish. Too much barrel.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap, walnut brown colored pour with tasting khaki foam, aromas of bourbon and caramel, flavors of caramel, vanilla and bourbon, finish is lighter than expected
arminjewell (5993) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with red, off white head. Aroma has notes of candied plums, raisins, some ash, and vanilla. Taste is vanilla, touch of bourbon, some nice dark fruit, ash and a touch of roast. Very nice, complex brew.
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/15/11. Bottle thanks to Cavie! Mild buttery coconut aroma with vanilla, wood, and sweet caramel. Sweet malty caramel flavor that finishes with smooth coconut and vanilla. This is a perfect example of nice, tasty, moderately subtle barrel aging. Good stuff for sure!
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A tasty, rich and fruity juicy dark ale with moderate barrel presence. Very good and surprisingly easy to drink
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when approximately 8 month old. Bottle sent to me by MaltOMeal, thanks a lot Bill
The look: Redish dark mahogany body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Rich nose of raisins, figs, wood, caramel. Taste is both smooth and very rich. Starts with nice tasty sweet raisin wrapped in caramel, notes of date square cake. Overall sensation of a thick juicy dessert but with a very active carbonation that prevents it from sticking in the mouth. Finish is surprisingly woody dry and makes the beer very easy to drink, I went through my 22oz quite easitly. You can tell this beer spent some time in barrels but the I didn’t find it had a true bourbon flavor, maybe a very fruity bourbon. Very good beer, I’m sure glad I quite drinking many years ago and I have since developed an addiction to relapses.