ManvsCity (173) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz from Chuck’s in Bowling Green. Thanks Steamhead! Aroma of bourbon and caramel. Extremely thin white head. Moderate carbonation in a body that is deep amber tending toward red. Pears, white raisins, flan. Somewhat thin on the hops, but everything else about this blend of barleywine and pale ale is perfection. The thick bourbon barrel aroma leads you to expect a really heavy taste, but it is in fact a quick drinker. The brewer says only 300 cases of this initial run were produced, and only distributed in Kentucky and nearby. Really glad I got to try this one. Unique. One of my new favorites.
alexsdad06 (3029) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. The pour is deep golden amber with a medium fine off white head. The aroma has notes of caramel, vanilla, wood, and hints of cherries and dried fruit. Not as hoppy as expected from reading the label. Still bourbony, boozy notes offer a reminder of where this beer has been. Caramel flavor is equally as rich and dominant upfront in the taste as it was in the nose. Vanilla and well blended bourbon swirl around in the mouth and create a varying complexity of tastes. Near mid-palate the hops come in with a mild grassy, herbal taste. Very smooth from the bourbon barrel aging. The alcohol remains hidden for the most part behind the hop bitterness and sweet malt, but shows itself in the nice warmth it creates as you empty your glass. I would like to know what the abv is on this one.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: 12 oz bottle.
Appearance: Poured a clear amber color with a one finger off white head.
Aroma: Sweet malt, caramel, vanilla and bourbon.
Flavor: Bourbon and vanilla dominate, but not overdone. Solid malt base.
Palate: Medium/full body with solid carbonation.
Overall: Made only for Kentucky release. This stuff was great at 10 bucks a sixer. Listed as a mixture of their pale ale and barleywine. Well done.