dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this. Pours a dark brown with thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly, very little lacing. Aroma strong of alcohol and bourbon, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor matches well, but wasn’t quite as hot as aroma would have suggested. Had a slight acidic nature and a lot of chocolate and vanilla. Overall very nice brew.
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice. Poured into a snifter, dark brown with beige head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and hot booze, hotter than the abv would indicate. Taste of chocolate, coffee, bourbon. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. OK.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. Thanks, BVC! Pours dark amber with a lacy off-white head. Light body and carbonation. Bourbon-laden caramel nose. Coffee and chocolate taste with with a soft bourbon finish. I don’t get much of the barrel, mostly the bourbon.
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old rating. Aroma was of a lot of bourbon and chocolate. Has a little tartness to this and some sour. Not bad at all but not what was expected.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by JCB, our local Shorts hookup. Funky yeast and lost of malt and bourbon/oak. Vanilla, a bit of smoke. Quite good.
Sammy (9527) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lovely schwartzbier. Pours black, white head, with mollasses and pleasant bourbon aroma. Above average mouthfeel, a little grain substance. Very drinkable.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - thanks bvc!! clear, roasty brown; crisp aromas of caramel, vanilla and leaves; bourbon seems pretty minor here, but not the wood, which adds a yummy sweet goodness; malty sweet finish; very nice
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bvc. The aroma is that of dark malt sweetness with some softer secondary bourbon barrel notes. Dark brown pour with auburn hues and a thin tan head. Soft dark malt sweetness is followed by light roasted malts and a good dose of bourbon barrel. Woody notes in the finish create a dryness. Rather light feel on the palate all things considered. Really enjoyable.
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big ol thanks to JCB for sharing this. The pour was dark brown that allowed some light. The head was creamy and light tan. The nose was very interesting, fruity and twangy, tart, oaky, sweet, vanillins, reminds me of a de dolle yeast. The flavor is tart and fruity, tastes yeasty, vinous tannic feel from the barrel, oaky. Very interesting Schwarzbier.
alexsdad06 (7025) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Shorts. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a small tan head. The aroma was dark roasted malt, char, ripe dark fruit, and a hint of smoke. The flavor was roasted malt, char, fruits that lend a slight tart quality, oak , with a dry bitterness to the finish. The bourbon barrel adds a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Solid.