thirdeye11 (5644) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle thanks to Exiled) rich orange-brown with lasting film of tan bubbles. Nose of rye, brown sugar, mild bourbon. Taste of bourbon, rye, brown sugar, alcohol, mild oxidation, creamy body and warming alcohol.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour and a thin white head. The nose is peppery and a bit sharp. A bit of unusual woody character. The palate has a whole lot of rye character. A touch of peppery flavour and a spicy sweetness. Lingering chewy palate and a long earthy/spicy finish. Decent but it doesn’t really come together like it could.
MeadMe (1332) - Riverview, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours a nice rich brown with mild amber tones. Very tall off white almost tan head. Insane retention and nice chunky lace.
S: Lots and lots of barrel goodness. Oak, vanilla and coconut rule here. More subtle notes of candy malts as well.
T: Really nice brew. Malt sweetness in a big way. Loads of toffee and caramel. The barrel really stands out. Vanilla first with fresh cut oak second. Mild coconut notes and nice bourbon notes. Subtle hints of spicy rye with a hint of chocolate.
M: On the fuller side of medium, nice carbonation, a real smooth drinking brew.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
it had me at rye and bourbon barrels. I love this beer. very very sweet. best I’ve ever had from smuttynose.
TheEpeeist (3415) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is candi, rye and bourbon. Medium body with a buzz. Taste is grape, caramel and yeast finishing dry with bourbon and bitter rye. Quite lively for a barrel aged beer.
BBB63 (6225) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided by Shawn at our "little" tasting: Maple hued with a creamy head and left very good lace upon the glass. The aroma has a distinct cotton candy and bubblegum character more than the expected vanilla, flowery and rye tones, some alcohol brashness along with crystal and doughy malts. Starts quite sweet with a sugary and malty overtone supported by dark and citric fruits, light bourbon and earthy yeast. The rye character seems a bit muted by all that sweetness but does come about as it warms, a minty and anise like twang towards the finish. While the mouth feel is a tad thin and soft, there is still a sticky and oily quality that more than makes up for that. A bit unique and interesting but methinks it may have spend a bit too much time in the regular bourbon barrels and not enough time in the rye whiskey barrel. As much as I love Rye, I found both Rye beers tonight sort of disappointing. That said, it would be something I would try again on a fresher palate.
SrSilliGose (3278) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2012 bottle! a drunk rate. cotton candy, butter, musty mint. candied sugar.. boozy caramel. sweet brown sugar. sweetness brown. sugar syrup and muddled bourbon and rye. underwealming.
beerfest5 (1172) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the most interesting beers Ive ever had, smells and tastes like liquid gold butter. Definitely one to share however, as a single bomber might be a little too much for one person. I got a little sick of it after awhile, the last 1/2 pint was a chore. One of those tastes that is so delicious right off the bat and is really good, but then starts to get annoyingly sweet. Very smooth and thick, I dont think the head dissipated at all through the entire process. Really good one to share, and enjoy with a few other people.
Skyview (5273) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received a 22-oz bottle via trade with Sully. Pours a hazy caramel amber colored brew with a decent beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, roasted dark malt and even some Irish rye whiskey. Taste quite complex with profiles of rye and bourbon whiskey, toffee, vanilla and even some sweet apple. Finish is semi-sweet, bourbon presence, yet quite smooth in texture and then flavor. Alcohol is well hidden in the special release.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by Daknole – thanks Dak! Pours hazy amber with a thin tan head. The nose is bourbon, vanilla, light wood and sweet malt. The taste is rye, malt, oaky vanilla and dark fruits with a nice, not overly done bourbon finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.