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 (3936) - 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.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours a clear dark brown amber with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Taste is the same as aroma with a heavy emphasis on the bourbon. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. Good but a Schwarzbier is too light of a beer to barrel age and have some sort of balance between the base beer and the bourbon, oak, and vanilla from the barrel.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to tpd975 for the share. Pours a dark brown to black with light brown head. Aroma is strongly of bourbon, vanilla, malt sweetness, some hints of wood and maybe spice. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of bourbon, phenol, caramel, some wood and smoke. Mouthfeel is milky and creamy with a slightly sweet malty finish.
dchmela (2731) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Beerlando for this awesome beer. Pours blckish red with a thin off white head. Really nice bourbon vanilla oak roasted grain and slightly sour aroma. Very light and sour flavor, yet has nice hints of roasted grain, vinegar, sour apple, and bourbon. Very complex and light, yet bursts with so many flavors and is so easy to drink. This is good.
Ibrew2or3 (7232) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks again to tpd975. This is my first Shorts Brewing beer. Pours dark brown with amber and copper edges to go along with a light brown head. The aroma is wood, bourbon, vanilla and a sliver of caramel. The taste begins with a quick pulse of sweet malts, a hint of roasted malts and caramel. Then wood and bourbon rise up followed by a note of vanilla. Tasty stuff but for me it is balanced a little too much on the side of the barrel flavors. Just by a bit though.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, malt, and molasses. Flavor is bourbon, fruit, malt, and chocolate. Medium body. Ends a little sour and tart. Very good brew.