wedgie9 (2501) - 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 (1162) - 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.