SpongeRuiner (710) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Shorts Anniversary. Very creamy. Lots of vanilla and caramel. A little different overall.
tectactoe (1851) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Shorts: Ruby-ish tinted brown with a khaki layer of foam, thinly on top. Aroma full of nutty caramel, toffee, & mild barrel. Perhaps a hint of vanilla & dark fruit. Lots of ashy bourbon & charred smoke in the flavor with back-end sweetness in the form of toffee & prunes. Light nuttiness & wood, perhaps a little thin. Didn’t realize this was only 5.5% ABV at the time... Makes more sense, now. Gets better with time & inherits a sweet, brown sugar finish. Still a little harsh up front, this beer may not be robust enough for barrel aging.
Pailhead (4808) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, and a hint of fruit. It’s a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. The finish has moderate maple syrup, raisin, bourbon, and a touch of oak. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.
TheBear11D (238) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bourbon happy jack pours a dark coppery brown with a foamy off-white head that lasts a bit and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is caramel, vanilla and bread. The flavor is vanilla, caramel and bread. Overall this is a pleasant brew.
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Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub, Bellaire. Dark orange-brown body, tin off-white/beige head. Lots of barrel notes in the nose and the body- oak and vanilla, with light caramel and toast in the flavor profile and warming alcohol notes.
bpar73 (470) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark golden pour with a white head. Bourbon, smoky malt and a bit of ginger in the aroma and taste. Solid bourbon barrel aged Scottish ale.