Lubiere (12702) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light brown barley wine with a thin off white head. In aroma, a sweet vinous caramel with light vanilla, ample, not bad. In mouth, a sweet maple with vanilla pods, oily mouthfeel, nice and smooth. On tap at TAP NY, April 28, 2012.
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Murky and muddy amber with an off white head. Wood, bourbon, caramel, and some nuts. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, wood, and some dark fruits. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.
Sammy (10891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Different than the oak aged bottles more commonly found. Bourbon aromas significant. Dark with little head though some lace. Smooth above average mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden by big chocolate and spice. Sweeter side of everything which made it dangerously drinkable.
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown pour with a light brown head. Big bold bourbon on the nose, oak, vanilla and some prunes/raisins. Flavor is sweet and loaded with bourbon and oaky goodness. Really liked this.
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Craft. Pours deep blackish, thick, with minimal brown head and nose if oaky dark malt, vanilla, port, blackberry, hops. Tasted rich, thick, complex, with the dark malts mixing with the backup hops, up-front vanilla and wood, bourbon, port wine, blackberry, and a smooth finish. Really good.
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012-08-19. Crisp dark brown with a nice beige head and great lace. Rich sweet malty core, caramel, muted toasty malt, finishes dry with oaky tanniny character, mild vanilla, dry whiskey sort of scotch like character. 7+ Modest aroma, sweet malt, dry caramel/toast. Mild whiskey and oak accents. 7+ Very smooth medium bodied palate. Pretty nice but I prefer the non-barrel aged version. Draft sampler at Coles, Buffalo
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at TAPNY. Pours a hazed amber brow with a thin white head. Sweet bourbon on the nose, malt and oak. Sweet and malty, big bourbon. Warm and boozy. Lots of booze, long warmth and bourbon.
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a hazy reddish-amber color with a small, resilient off-white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, raisins, bourbon, toasted oak, brown sugar, figs, and cream. Flavor hit all the same notes. Medium-full bodied, with a smooth, sweet, mildly boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Rich, tasty, and smooth. Not as boozy as others have indicated. Maybe an older vintage was on or something. I recently tried the Oak Aged version and this is a much better treatment.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[4750-20120819] Tap. Mild orange and grainy toasted malt aroma. Clear, amber brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Super sweet boozy bourbon barrel and toasted wood malt flavour. Full body is Super Boozy. Did I mention the alcohol? And the punch in the kisser? Yeah, that. (7/4/6/3/14) 3.4
(@ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY)
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber, off white head. Sweet caramel candy, dark candy sugar, light bourbon, lighter fruity sweetness. Really really sweet. Not bad.