Stine (1760) - 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 (4869) - 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 (2588) - 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
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ HDG. Rich red and copper color with a thick head. Aroma is bourbon up front with some peat and smoked malts backing it up. Flavor is close to that with the alcohol masked behind all of those big flavors. A bit on the sticky side but overall a nice take on the style.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Smell of bourbon, light malt, caramel, cream cheese frosting and some nuts. Taste of caramel, light bourbon, toffee, frosting, sugar and a touch of oak. I was expecting a lot more bourbon flavor but it was still good.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1L bottle sampled on 7/2/06: Pours a deep copper orange with a thin ring of off-white head. Aroma of sweet peaty caramel malt and nice oaky bourbon complexity. Starts with a somewhat lively body with good caramel maltiness quickly turning into an oakier, mildly bourbon, dry well-balanced finish. An enjoyable, complex, and drinkable brew.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild aroma, some spice, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is HUGE on the bourbon, vanilla, spices, toffee. But most flavors were masked by the bourbon. Good, but a little overpowering.