rollsrace (59) - - AUG 9, 2014
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Disappointing, not much flavor, not rich, and dry at the end. Tried it years ago haven’t had it since
cmonster (974) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged bottle served in a tulip. Dark honey in color with a large off-white head. Great pour. Good retention and lace. Malty aroma of caramel, toffee, blue cheese, dough, and vanilla. Medium sweet flavor with a light bitterness. Medium body, good carbonation (surprise) and a long orange peel bitter finish. Definitely elements of oak and age, but this one is holding up impressively 3+ years on.
beerbaaron (1249) - Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cheers T-bag! Cloudy medium amber. Fair soapy white head. Aroma is sweet. Caramel. Sweet and fruity, Almost like apple cider in a way. Lighter full body. Moderate to low carbonation. Bready. Biscuit. Some vanilla. Fair woody dryness. No real bitterness. Some sweet bourbon. Barrel character is subdued. This may have been sitting awhile, not sure. Enjoyable, but not as nice as I was expecting.
MarinEvelyn (552) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malt, caramel, honey, oaky aroma. Taste is similar, fairly sweet, roasty, caramel, malt. smooth, light, a little syrupy in a crisp beer. very nice.
Darkmagus82 (1313) - - MAY 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-16-12 -
Served in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a nice light golden orange color with a thin white head. The head was light and faded fast giving way to only a small amount of lacing, but leaving a very persistent layer of wispy foam on the surface of the beer.
Smell – Bourbon is pretty potent in the nose. There are hints of some caramel, juniper, and flowery/earthy hop mixed in with the aroma as well. Quite nice.
Taste – While the nose would have suggested a whole lot of bourbon barrel flavor, it was really quite light. The flavor was a bit more on the side of tart fruit mixed with some carmel flavors. Throughout the taste there are some more spicy flavors. While hard to pinpoint the exact identities they seem to intensify more toward the end and leave an interesting aftertaste in the mouth. Not bad, but not great either, just sorta unique.
Mouthfeel – The body is creamy and the carbonation is rather light. It overall creates a very smooth and easy drinking experience and allows the brew to cling to the tongue.
Overall – This was an interesting beer. It had a rather odd flavor profile in my opinion, kind of random, but nothing was really all that off. Although I don’t think I would drink this beer on frequent occasion, it is worth a try.
navajojoe (23) - - FEB 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The candy coated nose full of caramel and toasty malts is hiding at the end in this tasty beer. At first taste you get a salty mix of bitterness and whiskey. As you venture through this beer it mellows out quite nicely as the toasty malt notes in the middle starts to expand into sweet caramel notes that linger in your pallet. I would expect the head to be boring on this beer, other than that, it was well worth the wait and the best of the John John’s....
RickTStiles (757) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark red with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma is whiskey and toasted nuts with some caramel, taste is much the same. Well balanced.
Beese (1802) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Poured an amber colour with some floating yeast and a thin white head. Big aroma of burnt sugar, ginger cake and some floral hop. Sweet maltiness in the flavour with notes of dates, oak and Marsala wine. Finish was a wonderful mix of caramel, light grassy hop, brown bread and festive spice. Big beer and very tasty.
Beerathon (1171) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t get any oakiness from the aging, nor much whiskey undertones. I prefer regular Dead Guy Ale to this. This left a weird syrupy lingering aftertaste that I didn’t care for.
Beergeek23322 (2270) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/5/2010. Hazy light amber color with a white head. Aromas are fruity with caramel and malt. Oaky flavors, a little sweet with caramel and light hops.