tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Bottle. Possibly bad. Smelled of barnyard, foot, and wet grass. Oily on the palate. Vegetal and funky flavor. Sour, but not in a good way. Hint of oak and vanilla. Really not good. Probably an infected bottle. I have one more at home and will re-rate later.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent and glowing buffed copper in color with a thick white film and fizzing amoeba in the center for the head. Aroma is somewhat exuding in nougats and chocolate malt ball filling. Rain soaked sand, tootsie rolls and a hint of bourbon and rye on cardboard come through the nose as well. Flavor shows off a lacquered caramel trait with an underlying presence of oxidation vetted from the barrel. Milk chocolate and nougat like malt come out with the rest of the clan. A bright bourbon laced peanut brittle seal ensconces the tongue. Brown sugar corrodes with copper flavors. Red rye and bourbon sit on a solo ice cube and parlay for the lead flavor role. Carbonation is fluffy, and effervescence spills throughout the mouth, receding into a gummy brown sugar covered peat treat. A touch of semi-sweetened, leavened brown bread helps impart a hint of breadiness to balance the bourbon and oxidized barrel trepidation. The bourbon lies with caramel near the end, and lingers with a dry chocolate powder and maple pasted grahams as it makes its peace with the mouth.
Lubiere (10485) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2007
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
A dark golden ale with a thin off white head. Aroma of ammonia and light rotten vegetables. In mouth, a sweet maple malt with peaty notes, solvents, fusel alcohol. Not a winner this time. Probably infected. Tasted at "Montrťal YeHA! Party 2006" . Dec. 16 2006.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a bottle at Cellars LexLarp, St Paul, MN. Shared with friends on weekend. Pours a dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is sweet with hints of vanilla, candy sugar, and port. Taste has the bourbon nutty flavor with toffee, and barley malt. Finish is dry with a hint of vanilla.
Stine (1629) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut brown color. Mildly sweet, robust aroma. Earthy and sort of slick. Tastes like brown sugar cake soaked in bourbon, rolled in the dirt. The peat flavor imbued by the oak doesnít mesh well, surprisingly, and taken alone itís just a mite too sweet i think.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown color with a thin head. Nice caramel aroma with maybe just a bit of smoke. Oh my god, the taste... all of the aroma plus just a great balance of the usual bourbon aged flavors: bourbon, vanilla and oak. I can not emphasize enough Sprecherís brilliance at aging beer in bourbon barrels. Itís obviously been in a bourbon barrel, but itís not like Iím drinking a pint of bourbon. Out-freaking-standing.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with minimal white head. Bourbon nose with a sweet earthy tinge to it. Dry bourbon flavor thatís well balanced and not overwhelming.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is brown with a thin tan head...lightly oaky and smokey sweet nose...flavor is lightly sweet and smokey, but seemed almost like it didnít taste like anything...
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, moderate to small head, average lacing and retention. Aroma doesnít offer much, light amounts of darker malts and fruits with bourbon. No real smokey character. Flavor brings much more bourbon and soft vanilla. Very low bitterness, medium to light body. Sweet finish with light acidity. Enjoyable but not that true to the style.
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was strong with Bourbon and dark fruits. Poured a dark cloudy copper with a thin head. The flavor was smooth with hints of Oak and fruit. Finished with a very nice hint of the whiskey barrels and some dryness as well. Very solid brew