vtafro (2791) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at a tasting. Reddish brown pour with some light tan head. Aroma full of spice, bourbon, some sweet caramel and of course rye, alcoholic tones apparent. Flavor has some sweeter tones, vanilla and caramel, bourbon, spice and rye tones.
iowaherkeye (2690) - 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
dchmela (2600) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Dog Days of Summer Tasting. Deep brown pour. Spicy rye aroma with touches of vanilla and bourbon. Smooth vanilla, oak and spicy rye taste.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Skyview. Bourbon aroma. Fresh, almost green vanilla. The flavor is very rich dominated by bourbon. Silky vanilla finish
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 pre-Brewer’s Jam tasting. Pours red-orange with beige head. Aroma is very sweet with some hints of char and honey, maybe some sage. Flavor is also very sweet with maple and caramel, little bit of spice, distant vegetal hint. I can detect some spice in the finish and aftertaste. Ok, but too sweet.
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 The aroma of some sweet malts and bourbon vanilla, smooth. The beer pours amber with a beige head. It tastes like smooth bourbon from the barrels with a smooth bite on the tail end. The body is syrupy light with some alcohol fumes as well, but not overbearing.
Huhzubendah (2399) - 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
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Bottle thanks to theeepiest. poured brownish with a beige head. aroma and flavor were toffee, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and some pepper added on the flavor. body was thick and slick with medium carbonation. Excellent stuff for sure.
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours two-finger light tan head that fades slowly and leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color, hints of yeast. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose, and strong bourbon flavor, just hints of rye. One could imagine a lot higher ABV than 7.7%. $8.99 for a 22 oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
Reynolds314 (2224) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty rye red ale base beer. The beer is a bit overshadowed by the barelling. The main taste is bourbon, vanilla, caramel and its quite nice. Its not overpowering but the base beer is a bit underwhelming. Loved the barrels they used for this but cant say i loved the beer.