JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep black pour with a sticky off-white head. The nose is fairly unusual. Toasty/cocoaish malt with a bit of lightly salty toasted malt. Fairly salty with a kiss of toasted malt and light cocoa on the back. Meh.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with mibirder. Pours a very deep reddish brown, not quite black, that is barely translucent when held against sunlight. The head is creamy and bubbly lasting through the first third of the glass and leaving patchy lace. Very pleasant aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and oak along with a few alcohol vapors. The flavor is less intense than the aroma and includes bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak and malt. Lacks the rich textural mouthfeel I associate with bourbon barrel aged beers like this, which is no fault of the beer as this is not a stout. I guess I am a victim of Pavlovian conditioning, but I do miss it.
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the release of Flaming Fury. Pours a brown to black color. Bourbon, fruit, wood, and vanilla on the nose. Crisp and lightly bitter with a bit of fruit behind it. Finishes up a little boozy with a touch of wood.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Very bourbony aroma, buttery, mild oak, cream. Really creamy flavor, delicious vanilla and oak and roasty malts, elegently balanced and very drinkable. This isn’t a schwarzbier at all so much as an American Strong, but it works really well. I haven’t felt so good about the Shorts adjunct beers in the past but this one really does it for me. Excellent.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Poured black with not much head. Pilsener like aroma, some malt, some grass. Malty medium body with pils like flavour except for some roast and oakiness. Pils like finish. But something didn’t quite gel.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really dark with not much head. Some lacing and nice body. Aroma is roasted malts, wood, bourbon, and dark chocolate. Flavor is similar. Nice bourbon flavor but not too overpowering. Very good.
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I didn’t find this especially compelling up against other great barrel aged beers. The palate is a bit thin--perhaps the choice of schwarzbier as against porters and stouts--and the flavors, while quite good, don’t have the same complexity. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pre MiBGF taste at northernbrews, thanks Jeff: Basically opaque with a creamy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of bourbon (oak, vanilla, alcohol), chocolate and heavy roasted black malts, hint of lactic acid and brett, nutty. The taste has a nice fruity start with toasty and nutty malt profile before heading off towards a acidic finish and oak undertones. The mouth feel is lush and oily, dry finish. Outstanding balance and complexity, show the Schwarzbier character without overpowering Bourbon flavors.
Headbanger (3426) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle purchased at brewery 7/2/09-Pours a dark brown/light black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. This medium bodied beer starts off a bit bland then the flavors kick in making it a quite tasty beer.
smith4498 (3131) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by GoT @ otakudens Vero Beach Throwdown. Pours black with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, vanilla, oak and a touch of boubon. Flavors of roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla and oak with a slight sourness. Full body with minimal carbonation.