Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle
This barrel aged amber ale is a fine offering from Right Brain. The nice balance keeps the whiskey from completely taking over. If this is a regular then grab one when you are in southern Michigan as an example of what the state can produce.
Aroma / Appearance - Cheery red fluid flows around the glass. The carbonated base opens up to a crisp white head. Chestnuts, mild whiskey, and malty iced tea are a slight bit boozy. Overall though the balance is solid.
Flavor / Palate - Whiskey is more evident in the first sip. Vanilla, cream soda, and melted Twix fill the palate with sweetness. The barrel aging process takes the edge off yet leaves the core of the beer intact. I’d pick up another release from Right Brain in a heartbeat if they came across the Michigan border.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pretty good for the style. Aging added body. Not much whisky flavor though. Remembered more of a whiskey influence the first time I tried it at Lansing beerfest.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
rumproasts (4720) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Brown with small head. Seems boozier than 7%. Light bourbon with mild malt. I don’t know why but I’m only eh about this.
BelgianBeerGal (3672) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the brewery. Pours a murky brown with no real head. Aroma that reminds me of slightly tart fruit and darker, dusty malts. Flavor was a mix of more tartness, a little dry earth and a little booze at the end. Okay but seemed disjointed.
JaBier (6503) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber in color with a thick beige head. Aroma of malt, whiskey and light tartness. Malty flavor with that same slight tartness before a dry whiskey finish.
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong flavors of vanilla, caramel, oak, and burnt sugar. Rather bitter, but still smooth.
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hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured an orange/amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of wood, caramel, and lighter bourbon. Tastes of bourbon (stronger than the aroma), vanilla, caramel, and some wood.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber at the Lansing Beerfest. Dark brown with a beige head. Tons of bourbon in the nose and flavor. I like bourbon, I liked this.
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber. Medium lasting head. A little sweet booze in the aroma along with vanilla and caramel. More caramel in the taste, sweet in the aroma but not in flavor. Nice blend of flavor. The mouthfeel seems a little light.
fakebeersnob (297) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another sampler from the tap takeover. First impression: wow! I really liked this one. Sheet stated barrel-aged, but definitely a bourbon or whiskey barrel. Was smooth drinking. Pleasant smell. Good mouth feel. I did not get the boozy feel I get with some of the barrel-aged.