CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to kp: Pours a transparent copper amber with a small, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty complex caramel and vanilla bourbon with a touch of black cherry fruitiness. Starts with pretty good fullness for the style and sweet dark caramel maltiness and doughy nutty notes with nice oaky bourbon and vanilla before a drier, toasty finish. A nice bourbon brown ale.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Dunedin for Stogies and Stouts ’10.
pours copper/brown, no head.
Aroma lots of bourbon in this one, barrel/wood aroma, roasted malts and caramel.
Flavor, lingering bourbon flavors and oak barrel. Light malty palate with hints of nuts. Sweet caramel with a mild coffee finish. Thought the palate was a little too thin for 9% abv.
JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a relatively clear ruby-tinged brown color with a white head. Aroma is a sweet bourbon overlaying what smells like a moderately grainy brown ale. Taste is mostly the bourbon, but its not overwhelming, despite the bourbon dominating. Its all barrel, but the base beer is just enough to prop it up, although the base beer doesn’t seem to shine much, either.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a clear, dark, reddish-amber color with a small, swirly head of tan foam. Settling quickly to a smooth, thin film, the head leaves dense little spots of lacing behind. The aroma is big on bourbon, showing a bit too hot and boozy, with accompanying notes of vanilla, root beer, caramel, and buttercream toffee. There’s very little compensating roast, which keeps the nose overly sweet and warm. Flavors follow suit, again boozy and malt driven, showing primarily caramel and bourbon. I’d like to see some more mocha roast. Thin and hot, with moderate carbonation, the underwhelming palate sports a slightly drying finish. Overall, while drinkable, this just isn’t a good enough base beer to even bother with the barrel aging.
jrob21 (2170) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On the syrupy sweet side almost barleywine like. Pours a caramel brown with a red hue, kind of delicious looking actually. Aroma is molasses and plum. Flavor is molasses and syrup a little bit of red fruit and a massive caramel sweetness. Finish is more grassy than bitter and there is a slight warming alcohol aspect to this.
SpringsLicker (2935) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a fleeting tan head.
Aroma of dark caramel, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate.
The flavors follow the aroma. Over all, lightly sweet with no hops.
A bit more body would help this, but it’s well done just as it is.
Cybercat (2771) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark, hazy coppery brown with a fairly thick buff-colored head that sticks around for a little bit. Aroma is malty and crispy fruity with a little bit of a brandy-like bite to it. Flavor is malty, woody and a little smoky with a fruity, brandy-ish undertone, a subtle (though sometimes not so subtle) alcohol nip, and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is very smooth, yet tingly and edgy enough so you know that it is indeed beer.
nearbeer (3282) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. Dark copper-brown with a creamy, lasting disc above. Nose of butterscotch liqueur and vanilla yogurt is different, but not unpleasant. Flavor is butterscotch Lifesaver, with a finish of whiskey and vanilla. Aftertaste of citrus, vanilla and oak is nice. Medium body is fairly smooth with some alcohol tingle. Less barrel (or more body) would do this one wonders.
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a red body, and settled fast. This beer almost smells like dessert. All kinds of different smells. Caramel is what hit me the most, but there was definitely vanilla and bourbon present as well.
Much sweeter than expected, but it was really well balanced. hints of chocolate, but caramel is definitely present. The finish had a distinct bourbon flavor.
I will have to stock up on this one, before I can’t find it anymore.
3fourths (7521) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear mohogany. half-inch thick bread crust head. nose is sweetened brandy and oak, overly sugared and fruity (lightly roasted strawberries and creamed/jammed blackberries) with overly sweet vanilla. harsh and distracting oak combines with sloppy and disjointed carbonation and an empty, lacking malt body... the vanilla strawberry and tannic oak is an uncontrolled traffic jam, together it’s frighteningly disjointed and sloppy on the palate. this is how you should *not* oak beer.