emacgee (4405) - 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 (7105) - 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.
Butters (3966) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting. Dark brown pour with amber highlights and wispy light tan head. I definitely think this had some infectin to it. Very highly carbonated body. It was pretty decent even with the tart acidic notes though.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Beerlando. Black color, thin sparse light tan head. Mild sourness funky roast, some barrel character but very light. Taste has a mild acidity with a light roast, nice sourness on the back end. Pretty nice.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009
Date: December 12, 2008
Appearance: black with ruby edges, wispy beige head
Aroma: light roasted aroma, touch of dark chocolate, just a hint of vanilla and bourbon sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, dark caramel and vanilla sweetness brings out the rich chocolate, light bourbon grows as it warms, just a touch of balancing bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Date: July 11, 2009
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: clear dark brown, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, light dry caramel, light oak and earthyness
Flavor: rich caramel and chocolate flavor, just a touch of caramel sweetness, lots of earth and oak
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Bourbon wet wood aroma along with sweet carbinated hardd to explain it. Black body with tan foamy head and good lacing. Mainly a sweet carbinated beer. Bourbon is bresent along with some sour tart. Odd brew but last brew for 2008. Thanks Chris.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured brown in color with a moderate light beige head of large bubbles that fades away. The nose is not very expressive but has aromas of mineral, dark chocolate and a tart bourbon-like aroma. In the mouth this is a lighter style with lots of carbonation. The palate shows a lot of bourbon flavor along with sweet and sour sauce, chocolate and wood. This is a bit strange but well-balanced.
nearbeer (4236) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml. Shared at Xmas Eve cubed tasting. Opaque with a half-inch lasting head. Aroma is tart cherry-berry lambic yeast and roast. Flavor is the same. Medium body is acidic-dry. Disappointingly, this bottle was infected. Not horrible, but tasted nothing like a bourbon barrel-aged schwarz. Would like to try another batch sometime.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tronraner’s Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to nearbeer. Dark dark brown with a thin light tan head. Reddish in the light. Big bourbon smokiness in the aroma. Taste is tart almost...weird. Bourbon smokiness and big malt underneath.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Xmas Eve Eve Eve. Pours garnet black with big beige head. The aroma is berries, light oak and vanilla, and some sourness. The flavor is lactic acid, roasted malt, and barrel char. Weird. We were wondering if this bottle was infected because of the lactic notes, but judging by other ratings the whole batch had a sour edge to it. I liked it well enough.