ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap Birch & Barley Wash. DC. Pours a deep dark brown color with faint ruby highlights and a huge bubbly off white head that lasts. Aroma is of dark fruits, oak, smokiness, vanilla, roasted malts, yeast, burnt caramel, and , and a nice bourbon character. Taste is crisp, dry and oaky up front. Beer then settles into some cocoa, light booze, and sweet toast flavors. Finish has a light sour taste, with some roasted nuts, a light burnt and smoke flavor and some mineral like hop bitterness. Medium bodied with tingly carbonation.
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark, dark brown / amber with a small beige head. Aroma of light bourbon barrels, some slight red wine qualities and not much else surprisingly. Flavour certainly shows the bourbon barrels on top of toasted nuts and crusty bread, finishing quite burnt and crusty. Never had the regular, but this one seems quite barrel heavy, as well as burnt. Not refined at all and thus low drinkability. Not the best.
Iphonephan (2609) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle at t klooster in delft. Aroma is smoky with a hint of urine, perhaps from the glass. Nice flavor though. Very balanced. Very tasty.
kermis (4205) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Klooster. Pours black with a ring tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, raisin, wood and roasted malt. Flavour is over medium sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (4508) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from kermis.
Woody aroma. Very thin tan head. Clear dark pour. Complex aftertaste.
Sledutah (4071) - Utah, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Tim, thanks
Appearance: Pours black with a mediums sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and woody
Taste: Toasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate with a bitter finish
Nice, lots of bourbon. I haven’t had the base beer, but this is all bourbon and vanilla.
peteinSD (1244) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Brian - thanks! Black pour with a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is bourbon with vanilla and light alcohol spice, roast, chocolate, and darker raisin. Remarkaby heavy bourbon influence that remains balanced on a 6.5% ABV beer. Taste is dominated by the bourbon and it’s hard to pick out the roast character although the darker fruit notes seem intensified by the bourbon. There is also chocolate and even some light hop bitterness in the taste. Smooth, coating mouthfeel and the bourbon integrates well with the base beer even if some of the roast characteristics are lost. If you like bourbon in your beer, this is your beer. Very impressive.
Idiosynkrasie (3119) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. Clear darkest brown to black colour with small, minimally lacing, tan head. Intense Bourbon aroma, vanilla, oak, leather, overlays any other flavours. Taste is initially moderately sweet dark malty, some vanilla flashes up, then dry oak and leather notes gain ground. In the finish the malt and barrel flavours mix up to a slightly fruity, dark berry note. Intense aroma is suggestive of a substantially heavier beer.
Reynolds314 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer. Very light smokey roastyness is sadly overshadowed a bit by spirity bourbon flavor that is a bit boozy and underdeveloped. I think this could use more time in the bottle to smooth out the flavors. Interesting concept.
mixmasterob (877) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is great. I loved the original, this is better. Black pour with a small beige head. Very inviting aroma full of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and hints of vanilla. Almost like a big stout. Huge aroma given the size of this beer. Flavors were packed with oaky bourbon, roast, dark bittersweet chocolate and a light bitter finish. Carbonation was light and very creamy. I can’t believe this is >7%, drinks like a big beer. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Easily the best I’ve had from Shorts.