tmoreau (2829) - 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 (2528) - 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.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Schooner Exact Brewing Company--Hoppy the Woodsman Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Ale--2011 32 oz. Growler Bottle. 9.00% ABV. 60 IBU’s. (3.5 / 5.0) Lacy dense 1/3 inch lasting tan head. Cloudy fizzy dark ruby mahogany brown red color. Rich aromatic bourbon hop mild oak front. Creamy medium textured mild sweet rich malty toffee hink dark caramel body. Light roasted toasted notes. Creamy mild hop spice rich bourbon somewhat hot smooth end. Not too fond of Bourbon notes in Beer, but this was well made & not too overpowering. Sampled 3/26/2011. Purchased for $19.00 including $5.50 Growler Deposit @ PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 3/26/2011.
pdx77 (1468) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Plew’s Brews’ St. Johns Winter Beer Festival. Good Bourbon flavor and dark malt notes, very little hop bitterness.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a dark brown black with a small head. aroma is of sweet malts. taste though is of flat bitter hops. doesn’t quite mesh well.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy tanned amber body. Chewy bread malt backbone with slight ripe fruit notes. Wood barrel laden presence throughout the drink. Slight vegetative, soapy hop character.
Nocturne (1082) - 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.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 Very dark broWn pour, off white head. Aroma of baking pastry, burnt sugar, wood. More doughy toasty pastry on the flavor, vanilla, burnt sugar, bourbon, finishes very woody and dry. I really like the sharp wood balancing the nice sweet malts in this.
ACHops (926) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Stumbling Monk. Pours murky brown with a slight reddish hue. Thin creamy head. Aroma is sweet smoky bourbon. Strong but not overwhelming. Taste is well balanced between chocolately slightly spicy roasty malts, bitter hops, and big bourbon finish. I talked to the owner a couple of weeks ago and was told that the barrel-aged portion of this beer has been cranked up over the past two years; to 2/3 of the finished product for 2012 version. Can’t complain with these results, though I do recall some previous years’ iterations of this being pure bourbon bombs, so who knows. This is better balanced.
CampesinoTino (798) - 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.