bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown, creamy tan head with moderate retention and a lot of lacing. bouron, oak, toast, vanilla, toffee, slight fruit. medium sweet and medium bitter. medium body, creamy feel, a bit warm.
rosenbergh (6676) - Tampere, 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.
Steve_0 (2592) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big brown head and great lacing. Big spice- gingerbread, graham cracker, roast, brown sugar, vanilla, bread, and figs in the aroma. Taste is roasty, gingerbread, cocoa, dough, sweet malt, whisky, coconut, and coffee with a toasted bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very tasty beer.
AirForceHops (3113) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Shared by Phatdog1’s. Thanks Craig! Not sure the vintage but the label did state it was 8.5% ABV. Dark, dirty brown in color. No head or lace. Aroma has light whiskey on top of earthy mats and tree bark. The flavor starts with dried fruits and caramel with a sweet malty base. The vanilla and like oak barrel come through in the finish. Traces of whiskey after the swallow. Medium in body and silky texture. A nice sipping brew that I finish real quick. Well crafted.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is dark fruits, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is light spice, light chocolate, red fruits, caramel malt and bourbon. Medium mouthfeel.
bhops (428) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottle thanks to somebody via mar. Pours dark black with tinge of cola brown. Thick head dissipates quickly. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, burnt malt coffee and a hint of hops I love the way this beer smells! So much that the flavor is a bit disappointing but still sold. Vanilla up front that gives way to burnt malts. Not as complex as the aroma. A bit thin and watery but still a very interesting beer.
blutt59 (6016) - 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
sebletitje (6641) - 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.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
8%? No way...pour is opaque and cola brown with a dense sticky tan head...smell is toasty and sweet...caramel, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon...taste is toasty and sweet too with similar flavors...slight bitterness in the finish...booze comes out a bit then too...maybe I believe 8% afterall.
brokensail (10785) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: This one pours a darkish brown color with a thin khaki colored head.
S: Smells roasty with a nice enough chocolate aroma. A bit of oak/wood and some mild vanilla. A bit of dark fruit going on in the background. Mild licorice aromas to it and some hints of coffee.
T: Slightly bitter with lots of roasted malts. Some licorice notes, wood, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Quite a bit of chocolate, perhaps some of which is from oxidation. Light notes of dark fruit on the palate as well.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: This was quite good. Not too much bourbon flavor, but a nice -bal contribution to it and good flavors overall.