hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BottleÖ RBSG 07Ö Murky caramel-colored ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The aroma provides vanilla and bourbon with hints of caramel, dark fruit and vinous notes. Earthy, sweet flavors of dark fruit, caramel malt, smoked peat and Scotch whiskey. Full-bodied with a thick, dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Boozy, cotton candy-sweet and then bone dry finish
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a Beautifal 1 Litre Flip Top bottle via trade with KingpinIPA, many thanks. Poured into one of my big reidel snifters. Pours a pretty reddish brown with a thin half finger tan head. The nose has a lot of bourbon as well as dried fruit and oak as well as a bit of sherry tinge. The taste hits bourbon and sweet first with some malts. Almost too much on the sweet, needs more maltiness. The bourbon makes this taste sweeter and more barley wine like than scotch ale like, which is too bad, although it doesnít taste bad either. For all the alcohol coming through I wish it was thicker and had a bigger mouth feel. Very good, but points off for not quiting hitting this very difficult to capture style.
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in my La Chouffe tulip: Pours a ruby imbued brown with an initial large frothy head which fades to a ring and left good lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of freshly baked rye bread and some peatbog moss, smokey and meaty vapours, classic but lightly done vanilla and bourbon character, plum and prune fruity esters and a finishing kick of star anise. A complex yet not over powering nose on this beer, I am digging it so far...then the taste
Well the bourbon is a bit more forward but seems to accent the malty character very well with a nice dose of twangy fruits at the beginning. The midsection show more of the scotch overtones with peaty and smoky notes all over the place. The finish is shockingly dry for the genre and hit the spot big time. A ending of peppery and anise spice makes this one enjoyable brew indeed.
The mouth feel is soft yet never boring and as mentioned above, dry and woody. I really dug this creature and am sad for those with possible infected bottles for this is among the best scotch ales I have had in quite a long time.
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 (9734) - 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 (5150) - 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 (1463) - 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 (4385) - 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.