Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #14. Dark reddish/brown pour with a small off white head. Sweet and a little toasty, picking up a decent amount of vanilla and bourbon. Similar taste with a more pronounced hop character, more vanilla and a little heat. (2703)
JohnnyJ (4759) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brewery. Amber pour, with a thin off white head. Caramel malt, sweet sticky sugar, bourbon, alcohol, notes of vanilla, toffee, and some hop bitterness.
Ibrew2or3 (7310) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber pours crystal clear amber with copper hues and supporting a tan head of foam. The aroma is full up sweet smooth bourbon booze and maybe some vanilla and wafer thin like beer dark fruity esters. The taste is similar where I get almost nothing but sweet vanilla and bourbon booze. At least the bourbon booze note is pretty smooth since it is by far the dominant flavor component. What bits of beer I’m getting are well off in the background. The beer notes seem to be cherry and prune with a wafer thin smattering of vague pine like hoppiness. Man, this has had way too much barrel time for my taste. Why craft a beer and then allow it to get smothered by barrel notes? I don’t get it.
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Toronado SD thanks richiesd. Clear tea amber, weak white foam. Nose is hoppy red ale, sharper pine, fresh poundcake. Taste is harsher paper, sticky sweet, mild caramel, big hoppy spice bite.
BOLTZ7555 (2919) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rose colored hue with a small eggshell cap. Bourbon, hint of wood, loads of vanilla, toffee, caramel, and honey-baked biscuit. Nothing terribly distinguishable and a little thin. The alcohol was noticeable but not overly distracting. The most telling sign: I wouldn’t buy this again. Meh.