HonkeyBra (3795) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a smal tight tan head. Aroma of bourbon, strong oak, nice beer; This is interesting. Medium bodied. Finished interesting.
Holtguy (134) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber for $8.99. Poured a hazy amber with a thin head. Aroma was mild with a little sharpness. I figured I’d get more whiskey in the nose, but it’s more boozy I’d say. Flavor surprised me a little. I was expecting that ol’ bourbon barrel flavor, but it was more herbal and spicy. A little unusual for me, and tasted kind of experimental. Good beer, but maybe I need to try it again to acquire a taste.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Aroma has notes of almonds, caramel, cereal malts, vanilla and wood. Nice. Medium dark amber hue with an average off-white head that left little lace. Flavor is heavy sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily average. Incredible for an amber ale. A lot going on here.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted 0n 4/11/13 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle sent to me in the Easter Bunny BIF. I am very excited to finally try something from this brewery. Pours clear dark amber with a thin off-white head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is caramel malt with some vanilla oak, but it seems to have begun souring. The flavor is much more sour up front with all of the caramel malt and barrel flavors taking a back seat. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long sour and caramel malt finish. I was very excited to try this beer, but unfortunately, I believe it infected.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Compared to the northern owl: better in every way. Aroma is awesome. Marshmallow, caramel, and gentle bourbon. Daringly easy to drink in flavor, and wonderful mouthfeel. I loved it, after not loving the standard amber variant.
574deadzone (1220) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This had just gone on tap at Right Brain, so I didn’t get an updated description. My server said that this was whiskey barrel aged, I’m guessing by itself without the "splash of Dead Kettle" that "Dead Owl" gets. If anyone gets an actual description, please add it. Anyway, this one poured a hazy copper leaving plenty of nice lacing. Nose indicated subtle traditional whiskey barrel notes of vanilla and oak as well as some toffee butter riding atop sweet caramel malt. Flavor was quite sweet. Palate was bigger, smooth, oily with a decent amount of whiskey barrel on the finish. Another nice interpretation of the Hawk Owl Amber. Not a huge whiskey beer, which is decent if you want the flavor without being nailed to wherever you’re sitting. I liked it.