Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gloriously dense dark-brown ale has a thick, bread-like consistency with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly.
The aroma is that of oak, chocolate, and rye, yet the actual flavor of the beer is somewhat one-sided. The bourbon stays in the background and never shines through. We are left, instead, with a toothsome, dessert-like beer; not bad, just not what I was expecting.
Would be paired exceptionally well with a mountain-style cheese like comte or cantal; that failing, a medium cheddar.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1000 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy off-white head. Great Bourbon, oak, and vanilla aroma. A beautiful play of texture and flavors just in the medium body palate. Initial caramel and chocolate taste transitioning to an amzing bourbon and vanilla taste and finishing with a nice smooth oakiness. The alcohol is very well hidden allowing for a richly complex and flavorful beer that is wonderfully drinkable. This beer is under-rated.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy boboski. Pours a cloudy ruddy brown, very small head that quickly vanishes. There is alot gong on in the aroma. Peat, smoke and malt dominate, with the bourbon charecter coming through, adding some vanilla charecter. Flavor is a bit too muted. Oddly sweet and a bit thin.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured brown in color with a tiny off white head. Aroma was bourbon, oak, caramel, nuts, butter and toffee. The flavor was strong bourbon overpowering almost everything. Body was weak with a slightly sweet finish.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with minimal head. Aroma of bourbon and light caramel. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and heavy bourbon finish. Good.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy boboski. Light copper color with a thin soapy head. Moderate peat and smoke aroma with a mild dose of alcohol. Surprsingly light palate, a tad undercarbonated. Taste is underwhelming - a bit too sweet with some smokiness on the back end. Smells better than it itastes.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
35 oz big boy bottle. Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar. This poured as a gloomy and dusty medium brown color and was topped by a small layer of foam. The aroma is a sweet nose of caramel and malt with a noticeable scent of cut wood. The flavor is a strong delivery of molasses syrup, oak wood, caramel malt, and scotch whiskey. To much heat and flavors for me to truly enjoy and relax with this beer so I will give it an average rating for that.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 Liter flip top bottle acquired in multiple trades. Poured a deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of oak, smoke, peat, earthy, light vanilla, and light bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, wood, peat, smoke, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Body a tad on the thinner side. Alcohol content well hidden.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Bourbon Scotch Style Ale Brewmaster Limited Release
Date: July 02, 2006
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear amber, whispy head
Aroma: sweet smokey aroma with a hint of vanilla
Flavor: tart oak flavor
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Date: December 24, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet bourbon aroma, caramel and vanilla on top of the rich caramel of the base beer, light earthyness
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, lots of bourbon, sweet vanilla
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly fully diminishing light beige/cream colored head, fat-bubbled and thick initially. The body is dark amber with ruby red hues, oily. It’s actually very, very pretty. Huge smoked beechwood, bourbon and peated malt notes ar foremost in the aroma. Black pepper and hot red peppers are next, then bready and doughy malts, and sweet candied caramel appleskins(hints of acetydehyde). Also noted are vanilla, nuts(macadamia, almond, walnut), cherry and apricot; the complexity is indisputable. Even though this is flawedand loaded with ethanol it is fun to sniff away at and analyze. the flavor is a subdued state of the aforementioned, with a wacky, looming addition of rootbeer soda. Smoke, then peat, are most dominant. Medium-high sweetness, low bitterness and low acidity seem on par for the style. The palate is boring but inoffensive with low but prickly carbonation and a medium to medium-full body. Very smooth, finishes sticky. The barrel aging provides a substantial departure from the characters of the base beer.