snbcguy (1) - California, USA - OCT 21, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Close your eyes and image you’re back in the old west, a friend says, "hey come on over and we’ll open up a keg o’ nails ... " well this beer, being aged in rye whiskey barrels is so smooth and mellow ... this is the ultimate old western beer. It is remarkable and unmatched.
phildonk (5) - - JAN 29, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a awesome beer. Too bad it isn't more readily available. Very smooth!
handlebar (11) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours a dark amber, with substantial head and good lacing. Great interplay between the rye malt and the hops, which don’t get lost in the beer. Will be fun to open another bottle in 6 months and see how it develops...
patrick767 (3524) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at the Chico brewpub Aug 2013, 55 IBUs - This brew has an inviting aroma led by bourbon and vanilla. The flavor starts with good, bourbony, vanilla sweetness and leads into ample hops bitterness that combines with the vanilla to linger pleasantly in the finish. It’s full bodied and extremely enjoyable, easily my favorite of the beers I had on tap at the brewery.
bhensonb (10692) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 c&c from the Sierra Nevada shop. Pours darkish ruddy copper with a creamy/foamy dark beige head. I’m getting pineapple notes with some rye, but not much in the way of bourbon. Med body or maybe a bit better. Flavor is amazing. The carb has to foam away, then there’s that pineapple note, followed by rye and oak, and finally some bourbon/vanilla. It’s rather spicy, and hoppy, and I’m getting a burn from something. I vote rye. Oak and bourbon are very low key in the finish. Hop and rye spice are the stronger flavors, but pineapple pops in and out.. Just a delight to drink.
bubbleflubber (1743) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Isis in Asheville, this pours walnut into the glass, with a wispy head and light soap lace. The rye nose is grainy with hints of bourbon and wood. Nice pairing of bourbon woody flavors with the rye grain and caramel malt. Extremely well-integrated, the ABV is perfectly hidden in the woody rye finish. Smooth palate and full of flavor, its medium body goes down both refreshing and substantial. Great aged brew.
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joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Tap 25. it pours a similar color to the regular version. Golden orange, clear with an off white head. The aroma is strong with bourbon, vanilla, caramel and a bit of rye spicy maltiness that adds another dimension. The flavor is pretty strong with alcohol and more of the spicy wood, bourbon flavors. It seems to meld nicely with the hops and rye. A nice sipper.
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color out of the bottle with a thin off white head. Big fresh hop nose with grapefruit and barrel notes. This is a nice balance for a hoppy barrel aged beer. Flavors of oak, wood, citrus, grapefruit and bourbon. Rich grainy flavor with lots of hop, enhanced by the barrel aging. This may be my favorite barrel aged IPA.
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL shared at Woodshop 8. Clear, light orange pour. Lower foam. Nose is tamarind, vanilla, sweet bourbon, vanilla cake. Taste is juicy, orange peel bitter, pine. Clean, richer body. Spot on.
swoopjones (5602) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, courtesy of SN rep Scott at Coles Sierra Take Over. copper colored pour, sweet maltiness, stone fruit, tropical fruit, vanilla, bourbon. not as complex and flavorful as expected but well done