scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks riversideak! Ruby amber, thick fizzy off white head. Strong barrel, sweet toasty caramel and charcoal. Big bourbon notes, sweet molasses middle, softens to a rich chewy caramel finish.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22oz bomber acquired in a trade). Pours a hazy dark ruby/mahogany colorw ith thin tan head. Some nice, active carbonation. Aroma has some whiskey, green apple, ripe fruits, and some bourbon. Damn! This is a really tasty beer! Taste is sweet from the malts and the barrels. Again, the green apple and fruits and very visible which I didn’t think would be the case. Of course, there is the mix of rye whiskey and bourbon, but I think they work well together. The beer is fairly thin-bodied but the flavors have come together in a great way. This far surpassed my expectations.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straight garnet brown pour with a lively off white head, The aroma is loaded with...yes.massive dill notes. Smutty is lucky that dill is my favorite herb. Other notes include epic bourbon vanilla and caramel. The flavor is loaded with caramel, bourbon vanilla,booze, and EPIC dill notes. Mmmm. The palate is silky, smooth, thick, and finshes boozy. Wow.
piscator34 (2112) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Ruby in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of orchard fruit, bourbon barrel, dark caramel, and booze. Heavy on the booze and barrel in the mouth, but with some nice spicy rye and caramel notes coming through in the background. Somewhat of a slick mouthfeel. Seems way boozier and heavier than it actually is. Some good elements here, but a bit too out of balance to really come together.
ThirstyBird (2094) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old rating from 2010. Appears slightly hazy reddish brown with a tan head that goes to a ring. Smell is rich malt, vanilla, light smooth bourbon. Taste is sweet rich malt, smooth bourbon - delicious. Medium body nicely carbonated and smooth. A very tasty beer.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bourbon and rye come through big in the nose: vanilla, light vegetal. I am less enamored of the flavor. Almost too much rye (I can’t believe I just typed that!) and has a slightly sour note in the finish. I would probably prefer a little more sweetness to hang all that barrel-aged character on.
portableparty (2020) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share thanks Skyview. Pour was caramel in color and was hazy. Aroma boozy dried fruit with roasted malt. Taste bourbon sweetness and caramel. Palate slick and sticky with a dry finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of ohlrangers. Murky brown, no head. Nice balance of bourbon, vanilla, light spice in the background, guess it’s the rye. Flavor much the same, with light sour twinge in finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Nice overall.
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample thanks to Skyview. Hazy dark brown pour, no carbonation and a funky subtle apple and booze aroma. Flavor is plenty of bourbon, herbs and finished syrupy and boozy. Very good beer, but just not too much complexity to make it really interesting.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a redish brown color with a big foamy off white head. Head remains about 1 finger tall throughout the session, amazing retention. Loads of bubbles stream upwards. Lacing is thickly coated on the glass. Nose is heavy vanilla, bourbon and oak notes. A nice herb noted is present as well. Palate is full, thick, chewy with a light tongue tingle, feels clean but a light coating is present. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, light caramel and dill pickles, def feels like I just ate a pickle, and not in a bad way.