probstblueribbon (2942) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal. App.: med.-dark copper and clear. Aroma: strong ammonia, wood, faint sweetness, malt, dried fruits, toffe, STANK of smear-ripened cheese...bizarre to say the least! Palate: med. body and med.-low carbonation. Flav.: grapes, raisins, molasses, licorice, alcoholic, a little woody, wine wine characteristics and a stinging finish (from the alcohol). Thankfully the cheese stayed out of my mouth.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 In short: A buttery messy scotch ale attempt. Drinkable but not very enjoyable.
How: A few times at tasting sessions. Various aging. Little variations to final score
The look: Cloudy burgundy body with a short lived beige head
In long: Stinky nose, not repulsive but certainly not pleasant. Buttery with lots of bourbon. Well malted body with a mix of whiskey single-malt and all-bran cereal flavours. Something unpleasantly cheesy in there. Butterscotch and corn syrup. No hops presence at all. Only comes in big 1 litter bottles probably because the extra long name wouldnít fit on smaller formats.
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Impressions from a few tasting parties:
-A veil of foam tops the clear, deep ruby red.
-Bourbon wealth and black bean-like earthy malt character (which I usually associate with bocks/doppelbocks) form a plump, yet somewhat chaotic nose.
-Fruity caramel is there, but vanilla, licorice and bourbon-y sweetness lay down the law.
-The calculated carbonation, healthy body, and warming alcohol conjure up professionally presented mouthfeel, yet fail to arouse any emotion.
-Luxurious caramelization isnít the key feature of this wee heavy, and that is one of the reasons why Iím not loving it as much as my favorite examples of the style.
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at FoBAB 4. Poured a clear, coppery-garnet with a loose ring of beige head. Nose was sweet with bourbon sugars (not boozy bourbon) with mild smoked peat and light fruits... soft and well-blended. Flavor had more bourbon than the nose.. hit about mid-mouth... peat and other Scotch ale-ey malts were in there, but fleeting. Smooth for the most part on the palate with occasional sharp bourbon notes. Decent, non-offensive barrel-aged beer.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear (?) dark ruby copper. Sparse soapy off-white head.
Aroma is peaty dairy farm aroma, sweet dry bubblegum, sulfur (?), crackers,
Flavor has dry crackers, awkward bouroned peat, sweat, dry chocolate. Odd. It grows on me, but I donít know why.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy red-brown body under a thin white head. Butter, honey, biscuit dough, vanilla and cake donut in the aroma. Very smooth, mellowed and appealing. Great flavor, too. Smooth nutty caramel (Blake accurately says nougat) and light oak in start of the flavor with a light milky sourness (bittering hops + barrel) in the finish. I like what happened to the Piperís here. Added a nice vanilla-sweet element on top of a caramelly Scotch.
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Dave. The beer pours to a hazy brown mahogany body with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the peat smoke, stone dust, strawberries, light nougat. The flavor is quite unique. The finish of the beer is what I noticed first. An extremely apparent nougat and chocolate with hazelnut. Some hints of vanilla and bourbon. The palate is moderately bodied with some sugary hints and a lightly coating mouthfeel.
Cornfield (5497) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The body is a light reddish brown capped by a good-lacing head. The aroma finds Bourbon blended with toffee, oak, and a trace of peat smoke. Butterscotch is added to the flavor and the peat becomes more pronounced in the finish. Pretty good drink with a well hidden, strong ABV.
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Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bourbon smell and flavour much better balanced than when they tried this with their Mai Bock which was way over the top with bourbon. Pleasant aroma with a touch of peat. Body a bit thin and cidery. Hints of smoked peat and vanilla, but I find myself battling my senses to taste beyond an odd sweetness and dominant bourbon character.
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can smell the bourbon and a little smoke. Oh, this is a completely different beer than the Pipers. Much sweeter, somewhat reminiscent of a very thin barleywine and with less hops. Pretty decent Scotch.