RussianDragon (574) - - AUG 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle is 2007 vintage. Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish brown with a quickly fading collection of white bubbles, leaving a few bubbles on the edge of the meniscus. Aroma is dark fruit with red wine grapes, caramel, booze, oak and bourbon notes. Flavor is same with alcohol upfront, caramel malt and bourbon presence throughout. Complex, yet overall boozy. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting).
umich03jm (2834) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewpub. Murky yellow-orange pour with a small head that fades to a ring. Aroma is pretty intense and nice. Tropical fruit, oranges, oak, and light bourbon. Taste like grapefruit rinds, tropical fruit, vanilla, and oak. Pretty strong bitterness. Not usually a fan of bourbon aged IPA’s but the hops come through great on this one.
bpar73 (702) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub. Hazy copper pour with a thin tan head. Fruity hops, dankness, malt and bourbon in the aroma and taste. Nice.
tectactoe (3120) - Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Shorts: Murky, deep orange with a light-khaki foam covering the top. Dank, sticky hop oils & sweet caramel with a big grapefruit rind presence & lighter tropical fruit notes. Toffee, wood, hints of vanilla. Not so much "bourbon" as just outright boozy. Tropical hoppy finish with lingering crystal malt sweetness, wood, & warm booze. Not what you’d expect from an "IPA", but surprisingly not as bad as I expected. A little over the top, perhaps, but good in smaller doses.
alexsdad06 (7076) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle purchased at Shorts and consumed in Feb. 2012. Pours a clear deep amber color with a small bubbly ring. The aroma has some citrus and resiny hops remaining, bourbon, caramel and oxidation. The flavor has a sweet caramel malt base, herbal and citrus hops, bourbon and wood. Still a touch hot after all this time.
Pailhead (5731) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, and faint fruit. It pours a transparent reddish-orange with a small beige head. The flavor starts with moderate caramel and toffee. The finish has brown sugar with some aged citrus hops. It’s medium-heavy bodied with mild carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.
madmitch76 (18660) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th July 2010
Clear red - brown beer. Creamy tan head. Obvious bourbon nose. Smooth, low carbonation palate. Smooth bourbon - strong though! Phew! A little coconut sweetness. Palate turns creamy in the mid. Finishes with aniseed alcohol and good grapefruit hop bitterness. Warming afterglow. A full on bourbon beer - boozy and heady.
Tmoney99 (12031) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted caramel malt, citrus, fruit, complex wood and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet toasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. This is a standout beer.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks andrewsdad. Yes I am drinking this beer in 2012. Very distinguished smell though I cannot put my finger in it. Malt mellowed with bourbon. Taste follows and is exactly like it smells. Not bad but would like tp try it freah
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 3/10/11. 12oz bottle. Pours hazy with an amber ruby hue. Layer of bubbled khaki head. Aromas of cocoa and bitter grapefruit, lemons, apples, cinnamon, honey, caramel and cooked sugar. Super full bodied with an apparent alcohol burn. Flavors of burnt sugar and caramel malts mixed with fudge and mild chocolate and mocha notes. Delicious and a wonderful complexity!