b3shine (7115) - Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a mostly opaque caramel with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes semi-sweet, tart, and malty. Average on the palate. Good stuff!
mikem409 (1913) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks dr silverworm. pours brown with frothy head. aroma of malt and slight barrel. taste is mild barrel and lots of malt. some hop
crossovert (9983) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
A pretty insipid beer. Rank of alcoholic notes, the bourbon doesnít mesh with the beer. A disaster brew.
thornecb (5013) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber into a snifter. Tan head recedes to nothing. Sweet toffee and oak aromas. Hot front to back with bourbon and oak upfront turning to a dusty lasting finish.
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice copper color with a khaki head. Nose is sweet bourbon, vanilla, and toffee. Hints of chocolate, toasted bread, and some floral hops. Light oak, raisin, and alcohol on the finish. Excellent sweetness to the flavor. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. Slightly nutty, some dark fruits, mild alcohol, and very subtle hops.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At 13+% alcohol, of course the aroma and flavor are "boozy". But everything is pleasant. Delicious beyond expectations. I know shipyard gets a bad rap, and Iíve always been a big fan of the Export but little else. This is the first barrel-aged offering Iíve tried from them, and it is exceptional.
OmegaX (1353) - Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks, Harold, for bringing this one. A double ESB? From Shipyard? Not what I would expect. Nose is cheap whiskey, some light grainy malt, toffee, citrus. Tons of alcohol in the nose. Pour is clear light orange color with a white head. Taste is pretty similar with tons of alcohol, some caramel malt, light citrusy hops, and a touch of bourbon and vanilla.
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím not sure if I had much hype to begin with here. The body was full of bubbles, had a big yellow body matched with a sudsy olí head. It smelled like cheap whiskey, almost like rubbing alcohol actually, but it wasnít too intense among scents of butterscotch, honey and oak. The taste was thin, sort of weak with light hints of raisins, hops, wood and toffee. Alcohol was abundant in the taste as well, finishing hot and sort of heavy. Definitely the best Shipyard brew Iíve had, but they need to work on the barrel-aging program for sure.
Ratman197 (11760) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bourbon, carmel, toffee, mint, oak, light vanilla and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, toffee, fruittiness, bourbon, light mint and light oak with a crisp dry lingering minty bourbon finish.
bhensonb (12952) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Bistro West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Pours very dark orange brown with a large foamy beige head. Aromas of light pitted fruit and dark pitted fruit. Good amount of bourbon/vanilla with fruit for flavor. Quite excellent.