markwise (4310) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours opaque copper amber with a tan head. Nose is orange, sugar, rye, whiskey, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and slight grain. Flavor is similar with lots of bourbon, vanilla, whiskey, caramel, rye, and sweetness. Very unique, barreled rye beer. Medium body with lingering bourbon and vanilla. Extremely palatable for a rye beer.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, thanks mdfb79. Clear copper body topped by small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some rye, strawberry. Taste is moderately sweet, whisky, some rye, caramel, light vinous. Sticky full body.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge bourbon nose, some spicy rye, some caramel and toffee. Taste is moderately sweet, a bit boozy and lightly bitter. Lots of bourbon, some rye, toffee, pretty sweet. Decent.
mcox90 (1465) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a ruddy opaque mahogany with a 1/2" beige head. Aroma is a rich blend of rye whiskey, wet oak, earth, dark fruit and malt. Palate is thick, heavy and sticky. Also, quite warming. Pour this baby into a snifter, then just lean back, relax, and enjoy. Flavor is dominated by bourbon flavors, but nicely blended with a malt and fruit and even some candy hints. Very well done.
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Big, rich, incredibly buttery, sweet oak aroma, a ton of bourbon. Lots of bourbon in the flavor, the fairly balanced, not too boozy, not getting a lot of complexity out of this, though. A bit of marshmallow, licorice, wheat.
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting by someone in the local BA group. Pours a great clear dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head and good retention. Aroma is rye, caramel, fruity notes, and mild bourbon. Flavor is slightly sweet, caramel and toffee malt, rye, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. More oak than bourbon. Palate is decent. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Pretty good beer overall.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is so perfectly crafted. There is a huge smoky, roasty nose with a wide range of earthy barrel notes. The body pours a burnt ruby color with a creamy tan head, lots of lacing. On first sip the body feels light and active, with lots of barrel-esque tingly notes dancing on my tongue. The whiskey is as lively in the palate as it is in the flavor, but never overwhelms. The flavors are good strong chewy malts, tobacco, whiskey, and maybe some field greens (chard/kale). The flavors only get more aggressive and complex as the beer warms up, with the barrel notes getting a slight sour bite (I’m thinking more sourdough sour, not bret). I am just blown away by this beer. Cheers Smuttynose and Cheers Julios.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2010 Rerate! Purchased $8.99 from Julio’s 10/29/10--they had many cases left. Clear medium dark brown with a one finger medium beige head, fair retention. Bourbon caramel nose with some light cherry tang following as well as a little tobacco. Flavor is much the same with some spicy rye added. It’s very much barrel forward, light to moderate sweetness, less tobacco. Finishes semi-dry with low bitterness peaking at a 3, light alcohol presence. Moderate carbonation with a full body. Not too bad. New rating 7-4-7-4-13--3.5. Old rating follows. 22oz, bottle, thanks to Terry for sharing. Clear ruby brown with a couple finger beige head good retention. Lots o bourbon up front with plenty of spicy rye bourbony notes, some sweet caramel. . Flavor has tons of barrel influence, maybe a bit overdone, a little vanilla-y. Bitterness peaked at a 4, dry finish. Not bad, but too much barrel. 8-4-7-3-13--3.5
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of masterhomebrewer, thanks! nice pour, deep ruby with a great head and nice retention and excellent lacing. nice sweet and spicy rye and bourbon nose, huge on both. very sweet and caramel like. nice taste, excellent in fact. very smooth, sweet, bourbony, awesome. great mouth and palate, tight shit.
craftycarl21 (2135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty excited for this; picked up a bottle at Julio’s (obviously). Pours a dark mahogany brown with reddish tints and a 1 finger dark ivory colored head that perks up absolutely beautifully. Aroma is very nice; lots of sweet vanilla and black cherry, lactic sugars, bourbon, wood, along with really excellent herbal notes of rye and dill. Flavor is marvelous-- more fantastic bourbon barrel notes with wood, smoke, and sweet vanilla, and more of that rye and dill. The booze comes through near the finish and contributes the perfect amount of sharpness on the tongue, but it fades to a beautifully smooth finish. The mouthfeel on the whole is fairly full bodied, with a really nice balance between the sweet aged malt characteristics and the unique herbal notes. Excellent brew.