DiarmaidBHK (4241) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on cask at brewpub. pours brown with a thick khaki head that leaves some lacing. Has a bourbon sweetness on the nose. has a bit of bourbon on the tongue. finishes clean but the mouthfeel is a bit thin. It’s solid but I’d agree that perhaps it wasn’t the best style for barrel aging.
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on cask at the Brewpub into a 8oz. pint. This one is really called "Drunk Puppy"
A - Pours murky brown with a thick pillow of one and a half finger tall tan head leaving light lacing down the glass.
S - Smell was a bit muted at first but it got a little better as it warmed up. Hints of nuts, vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and only a touch of warm bourbon.
T - Starts off with a good bit of cloying sweetness with hints of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Once the sweetness dies down a bit you start to detect hints of roasted nuts, coffee grounds, and the warm bourbon. The finish is a mix of dry wood tannins and more sweetness, lingering for some time. I was expecting a bit more bourbon flavor in this one.
M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel initially slowly becoming very thin toward the end. Finish is a mix of dryness and sweetness.
O - While this one was still good I was really expecting more out of it. The base flavors were a bit muddled and the bourbon flavors weren’t very strong. I would say this is the worst of the three to date.
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy darkish brown with a small wispy off-white head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is just lightly bourbony with some
nice chocolate and light roast notes. The booziness is well kept in check, surprised this was in for 6 mo. The flavor is also pleasantly low on the bourbon, which could easily be overdone on such a light beer. Chocolate, roast, light graininess, some nice vanilla and woody notes on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery with minimal carb due to the cask condition. Overall it’s nice, but I’m not real sure that the mudpuppy was a great choice for barrel aging.