Bill Becker (448) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small amount of foam that shrinks to a ring around the glass.
The smell is of bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt that has a burnt character to it.
The taste is stronger than I even thought it would be. Bourbon is inmy face big time. Next big thing is the burnt/charred taste I mentioned in the smell.
Setting down with the flavours at hand, delicious notes of vanilla make a partial rescue to the flavour overload.
The mouthfeel, to me, is much lighter than expected and I reckon that’s a good thing.
Overall, it is a cool brew to try, especially considering how limited a distro, I’m guessing it sees, but it needs time to mellow out like its little brother.
Edit: I forgot to mention that this is the newly released 2015 and is 11.9% abv.
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml cork and cage bottle from GM Liquors. Nose is light bourbon and vanilla combined with hints of golden raisins and bubblegum. Clear rust red with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly bitter, bourbon, and lots of vanilla. Nice and smooth.
Padron4KM (598) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle, 2015 vintage.
Dark copper, thick lasting head, and nice lace.
Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, whiskey, hops are there, but muted.
Flavor is burnt sugar, whiskey, vanilla, spicy hops, and oak.
Barrel aging definitely toned down the hops, and added a subtle sweetness from the whiskey.
Whiskey and oak tannin build as it warms. Definitely a sipper, as it changes in the glass. This would pair well with A Fuente Hemingway, Brickhouse, or Montecristo white label cigars. Maybe even Rocky Patel Edge corojo.
Thisis12ptfont (908) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of massive barrel wood, coconut, dark fruits, pines, raisins, molasses, burnt caramel, toffee, liquid malt extract, barley and heavy whiskey. Appears an extremely dark amber brown with almost no foam and faint lacing. Taste is immense barrel wood, bark, amber malts, whiskey, rye and biscuit upfront. Mid-palate brings slick caramel, molasses, spices, herbs, chile peppers, more rye, more wood and bark. Finishes smooth with little booze bite, more caramel, spices and whiskey. Overall, really nice take on the original. Definitely a massive barrel wood and spice addition. The original is definitely there as it is still incredibly hoppy but there is plenty of spice, wood, bark, whiskey, oak and pine available to the palate. A rating.
SG111 (301) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled, 2015 vintage. Pours very dark copper color, almost tan head. Aroma is lots of whiskey and hops. Whiskey is prominent, little bit of vanilla, (maybe a bit of coconut, but that’s not something I would have gotten w/o knowing it’s supposed to be in there), big malt character and of course (this being bigfoot) lots of hops. Some citrus hops are notable. Actually, using whiskey instead of bourbon seems to tame the barrel-aged character. It’s there, but not as in your face. You still get plenty of hops instead of all whiskey. Nice. Flavor is similar, lots of hops up front, and whiskey undertones throughout, and it’s 100% there, you wouldn’t mistake it, but it’s not as aggressive as some other barrel-aged beers. So I like that. Bitter finish is notable. This is excellent. The more I sip this beer, the better it becomes. It’s just so good.
pushkinwow (2164) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally got around to drinking one of these 750ml bottles and figured this was a good time to rate it. Dirty mahogany with a beige head that completely fades. Balanced oak, booze, resin with some lemon rind hops (although musty), caramelized onions with some burnt butter, toffee and caramel. Mild carbonation, full body, smooth, boozy, sweet yet becomes bitter, balanced and enjoyable. Great sipper.
alliance100 (875) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle - pours a deep burnt Amber color . Caramel and hot bourbon aroma . Vanilla , oak and hints of butterscotch . Nice !
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ICEatALAMO (1051) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The pour is a vibrant copper color with white head. The aroma is mostly toffee and not much barrel. The taste is kinda dishwater. Not much bourbon. Was expecting more.
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tfratzke (61) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful ruby red in color. Crystal clear. Notes of vanilla, caramel, some spicy booze. Sticky mouthfeel, syrupy. Wonderful. Just the right amount of barrel aging. I can’t get over the amazing color.
piscator34 (2016) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via and shared with oakbluff. Pale amber in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of fruitcake, bourbon, and ginger. Warming in the mouth with elements of cake batter, fig, whisky, and earth. Medium bodied with a fairly boozy finish. A solid barleywine, but I much prefer the non-barrel aged version.