bpar73 (532) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Caramel and malt with a touch of earthy sourness in the aroma and taste.
jtw (1115) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
out of the 12 oz bottle, it’s a dark viscous liquid. murky, woody brown color with a thin ring of light tan head; very few bubbles. sweet dark-and-dried fruits dominate, and other notes of red wine and molasses. overall a sweet brew with just a hint of greenish hops to offer a little contrast to the residual sugars. a nice brew, most enjoyable on a cold night.
tectactoe (2337) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Burnt caramel color, nearly opaque. Looming, long-lasting ecru cap on top. Aroma of heavy fruit - apples, plums, raisins, figs - all coated in a bath of caramelized brown sugar & faint molasses. Lots of apparent, residual sweetness with a strong fruity essence leaning towards the dark side. Flavor is strongly sweet as well. Caramel apple, candied prunes, brown sugar coated dates, laced with anise, molasses, & sprinkled with some extra sugar for good measure. Toffee & dark fruit finish, sticky & residual. Despite the exceedingly high sweetness, I do enjoy the flavors more than I usually do for these types of beers. Not bad. Bourbon version is better, however.
fattybladdy (617) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich dark amber appearance with tan head. Big aroma, sweet red fruit, toffee, raisin. Dark fruit and red fruit in the taste - fig, raisin, plum, brown sugar, toffee, slightly sour berry. Pretty solid complex brew.
blackflag321 (509) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour to shaker. Cola-like color. Hints of malty vanilla, toffee and booziness, but thin finish.
alliance100 (811) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - pours a lighter brown . Dark fruit aromas . Medium bodied . Sweet dark fruit .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
koleminer20 (745) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At HopCat in East Lansing. Bourbon Aphasia. Pours dark amber, almost ruby, minimal head ring. Smell is very heavy on vanilla and cream with strong hints of bourbon present. Taste very boozy on the front. Fades to vanilla and cream, and a very bland finish. Proof that not everything is better barrel aged.
A2kenCdaisyC (51) - Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor--sweet caramel malt/obvious bourbon/ smooth with with a little burn--unique
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbon barrel aged version. On tap at Short’s tap takeover at Churchkey in Washington DC, served in a snifter. Pours clear brandy with a small rim of bubbles and no head. The nose has fresh clean malts, along with delicate herbs. There is a hint of oak barrel, but it is very clean. The flavour is moderately sweet with malts, honey, grain and a touch of flowers. On the palate, it is medium in body with a silky smooth, syrupy texture. Overall, this is a decent strong ale, but the bourbon is not really apparent. 2012-06-09
ROGUE (2127) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap Birch & Barley Wash. DC. Pours a slightly cloudy caramel color with a small white foamy head that fades quickly. Aroma is rich, warm caramel malts with a slight woodiness and peat. Taste has some nutty malt and the essence of Bourbon and wood without the booziness. Light to medium body with low carbonation and very smooth.