slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very well balanced ale. Rich and luxurious, equal parts dark and chocolatey, roasted, and vanilla Oaked goodness. Hops still shine through the barrels a bit. An excellent brew."
nuplastikk (4702) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
220z bomber c/o Elise. 2013 Vintage. Cherry brown-burgundy body. Big, fluffy beige head. Kind of a mellow aroma...caramel, chocolate, oak, whiskey. Sweet and rich, but somewhat delicate on the palate still. The big brown winter ale still shows, luscious brown malt tones, and it has a pleasant balance to it. Doesn’t have that taste like they threw a liter of booze into the barrel to prime it. A really easy drinking 9% beer, smooth and easy on the palate. Good stuff. Never a sugar bomb or cloying, which is rare for the style in my opinion.
tmoreau (2563) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bomber, poured to snifters showing a clarified mahogany color, with a modest layer of off white foam that reduced to a persistent ring, and wavy cling to the lacing. The aroma was grape, light spice, with vanilla, and a note similar to toasted marshmallow, that lightly smoothed the tartness of the fruit. The taste was similar, medium+ bodied, with some dryness, bourbony alcohol presence, but a little less impressive than the nose. Tasty, nonetheless.
suprchunk (2342) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark toffee colored pour. Small off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Big aroma of vanilla, caramel and hops. Some dark fruit notes. Taste is a very nice combination of caramel, hops, vanilla, bourbon, some chocolate. Bitter and warm.
CampesinoTino (781) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 Vintage Bomber. Dark mahogany colored with a substantial layer of light brown foam. Aroma blends vanilla, toffee, bourbon and dark fruits. Taste opens up with a decent amount of bourbon, caramel and butterscotch upfront along with some chocolate and earthy hops toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and more oak and caramel in the finish. The overall flavor is on the lighter end of the spectrum for a Bourbon Barrel Aged beer and could use a bit more complexity from the aging process.
arminjewell (6417) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of wood, green bean, hints of earth, chocolate, hints of oak, slight spicy notes, touch of roast. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, some green bean and vegetal notes into wood, earth, hints of spice, finishing bitter, slightly dry.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Deep dark ruby, thin frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Soft bourbon nose, a little apple or pear skin.   Faint fruity hop aspect too.   Pale bourbon like notes on the tongue.   Not as big as I was hoping for a 9% Winter Ale.   Really needs to be maltier, chewier, and doesn’t feel like 9% whatsoever.   No warming, no heat.   Malty, slightly mealy finish, with a grainy background.   Hops are... light.   I am not sure what to make of this.   Bourbon isnt strong enough, base isnt malty or chewy enough, grainy malt bill, without much hop presense.   Not a real fan...
jweiss (17) - Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid effort. The aroma is fairly mild for a bourbon barreled beer. Beautiful dark auburn color though. It’s a little thin for what I look for in a barreled beer, it disappears quickly in your palate. Carbonation is nice. Overall it is an enjoyable beer but not up to the standards of the better bourbon barreled beers. A gentle introduction to the uninitiated.
pdx76 (645) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at St. John winter fest - pours dark brown with medium thick head. Nose of booze, caramel, and yeast. Taste of booze and brown sugar. Warning effect.
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Nocturne (882) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at APEX, PDX. This is a dark, hazy brownish red shade. A ring of head lurks at the edges. Aroma features bourbon and cocoa. Taste brings up bourbon, wet hops, cherry, chocolate and a slight umami, meaty character. Maybe even a hint of sourness. Lots going on, but drinkability isn’t the highest. Intriguing stuff.