michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, light whiskey, caramel, and slight rye. Poured copper/dark amber/deep ruby/brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan/beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny, and a few medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of Bourbon, vanilla, slight oak, light whiskey, light caramel, and a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body. Viscous, slick, then slightly sticky and slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, Bourbon, Whiskey, vanilla, finish is slightly dry.
badgerben (4887) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Skyview! Copper color with no head. Light aroma of apple and oak. Strong malt and bourbony flavor. Light oak/vanilla.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber/orange with a medium off white head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, rye and oak. Flavor was a mix of the same with the bourbon certainly there but not overpowering. Well done bourbon aged beer.
nickd717 (4187) - 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz from wavers1 - thanks, Baker! The pour is a deep dank dark orange to amber, with a slightly too still body. Huge bourbon nose, even overpowering. The mouthfeel is a bit slick, enhanced by the sweetness of the malt profile and the booziness. But the barrel has more complexity in the taste than in the nose, yielding a beer that’s kinda wheatwine-ish.
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up at Julio’s courtesy of mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt.
Pours a deep dark brown with deep garnet highlights and a huge off white head that slowly dissipates but never totally falls. Nice nose. Smell is sweet with candy sugar and dark fruit mixed with some vanilla oak and bourbon. Some light caramel/toffee in the aroma but no hint of rye that I could find. Taste is sweet up front, kind of reminds me of an old ale at first. Light caramel, toffee, and sweet cherries lead off the race but are quickly overcome by bourbon and oak. Spicy rye pokes its head up quickly but is shut down by a mild higher alcohol burn. Long lingering sugared dark fruit sweetness in the finish. Medium body and a surprising level of creaminess in the mouthfeel. Light to medium level of carbonation. I love what this beer can become, but I feel that right now the flavors are less than harmonious. The alcohol burn needs to mellow a bit and the flavors need to meld. I enjoyed this beer but I think with a little age this one will become fantastic. I wish I had more of this to age.
TheEpeeist (3709) - 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.
Huhzubendah (3542) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
A: The beer appears slightly hazy and is chestnut brown in color. Atop the beer sits a half inch of head that leaves a decent amount of sticky lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma is an enticing mix of bourbon, rye, vanilla, malt, oak barrels.
T: What a fabulous beer! I was completely taken by surprise. Everything found in the aroma shines through in a masterfully crafted beer with balance, subtlety and complexity.
M: Medium bodied and packed with flavor throughout. Alcohol presence is there, but I wouldn’t describe the beer as hot.
D: Very drinkable. I would really like to have this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-02-2010
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A clearish light brown beer, ugly. A light tan head ok retention, but watery lacing...The aroma is tons of bourbon, with rye and touch of spice. Too much bourbon for me, not balanced...The taste is more of the same, generic bourbon that most ok ba beers taste like, woodford reserve anyone? The bourbon dominates and I’m just not into it at all. Way to hot.
Not worth trying.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. The pour yields a clear, deep and dark crimson to cherrywood colored body. A small, creamy, steadfast head of khaki colored foam gives dense, pronounced sheets of lacing that cling hard to the glass. The nose, while admittedly a bit boozy, shows mouth watering notes of caramel, toasted toffee, dates, and bright cherries. Vanilla is pervasive throughout, offering a woody, spicy element that seems plays nicely with the caraway seed and crusty rye bread notes. Flavors are just as nicely constructed. Toasted toffee and caramel are rich and decadent, but not overly sugary, seemingly lightened by charred, spicy oak and soft, semi-dry cherry elements. The yeast profile seems very bready, hinting at both rye and pumpernickel. Medium-full in body, with soft yet persistent carbonation and a pleasing, semi-dry finish, the palate manages to satisfy from a weight standpoint while avoiding any annoying stickiness. Being a huge fan of Sazerac Rye, Buffalo Trace, and Smuttynose, I was salivating at the thought of this brew. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. Excellent beer.