slowrunner77 (8352) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Sierra Tap House Reno 3/3/15...not sure about it being retired. Not a huge fan of the base beer. This is bigger bodied (a weakness in the base)...quite fruity with aromas and flavors of ripe fruit, vanilla, bourbon...the scotch ale still takes a back seat, but the barreling is done so well you just don’t care :)
monk191 (1541) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great bourbon barrel scotch ale. Pours a cloudy Orange with a thick tan head. Smells of vanilla, caramel, malts and fruitiness. Taste has lots vanilla and caramel, with a bourbon finish. Had on tap at the Torpedo Room for SF Beer Week.
GenDV138 (4555) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
4 oz draft pour at Max’s Taphouse during their Sierra Nevada Beer Camp event. Clear caramel brown with off-white head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, caramel, light vanilla. Tastes of whiskey, oak, dark fruit, slight booze. Medium body with a dry finish. Low carbonation. Full syrupy mouthfeel.
nimbleprop (6648) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4oz pour at the Max’s Taphouse Beer Camp event. Pours a hazy caramel amber with some clumpy, off white head. Nose is boozy, butterscotch, caramel, vanilin, brown sugar. Flavor is more balanced, sweet vanilla, caramel, a little orange, some candy sugar, birch, mild wood. Sticky finish.
snoworsummer (4032) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Max’s. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like a strong malty scotch, very dry apple, earth, caramel, and astringent booze. Light body and medium carbonation. Smells like pure alcohol, doughy malt, caramel, and vanilla.
sonnycheeba (4625) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours hazy dark copper with creamy off-white head. Aroma is bready malts, vanilla oak, fig, dates, faint floral notes, and brown sugar. Flavor is dry malts, light bitterness, floral notes, dark fruit sweetness, vanilla, and faint berries; oak and whiskey come through in the finish. Medium body and carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (11463) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear brown with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee and cookie malt with bourbon and oak, vanilla and dank fruits. Flavor is heavy sweet malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak with dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Deep coppery orange-brown body, thick to medium yellowish tan head. Medicinal, bitter nose with wood and anise. Body of oak, toffee, and anise, finishing dry and toasty. After the initial woodiness subsides, a rather weak grapy, brown sugary sweetness develops, with some alcohol heat. Hot but lacks oomph.
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a hazy and murky brown. Sweet bourbon, vanilla and sweet malt on the nose. Very sweet with loads of vanilla. Syrupy, big and boozy. Booze and citrus. Way too hot and overloaded with sweet vanilla.
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap @ RnH - Arouma is really woody and touch of smoke. Bit let down by the actual beer though. Sweet toffee candy malts, just cloying and underattenuated. Dark fruity notes at the finish and more woodiness. Balance is off though (too sweet).