beastiefan2k (3499) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle from kkearn. Has a very dark color. Aroma is very earthy with some dry leafy barrel. Has some light alcohol and I was picking up even some light bitter hops. A little bit of chocolate in the flavor which is a nice touch. It is still very dry and leafy oak. Its pretty easy drinking cause its dry but has plenty of flavor.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice red color with faint head. Faint aroma of bourbon and malt. Really strong malty body. Ok.
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burgundy a huge beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, bourbon and hoppy notes. Flavour was sweet with roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon notes. Finished sweet.
madsberg (11360) - Sřborg, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Burgundy coloured. Light brown head. Caramel, spice, distinct bourbon barral notes like vanilla. A bit oaky. Flavour of oak, bourbon, sweetness, caramel, vanilla and some grass and apple. Medium to full bodied. Fruity end with a light spicy touch.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Pours very deep brown with a bit of a reddish hue, topped with a moderate sized tan head that fades fairly quickly. Really enticing aroma; vanilla and peat meld nicely in the forefront and are complimented by caramel, oak, brown sugar, and some alcohol. Barrel seems to dominate the flavor a bit. Vanilla, alcohol, and bourbon are the primary flavors, with chocolate, peat and brown sugar in the background. A bit thinner bodied than expected. Not bad, but it seems boozier than its 7%.
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Wow. I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did. Pours a red brown with a creamy light brown head. Massive vanilla caramel nose with some light hints of cherry pits, and bourbon. Flavor is fantastically balanced. The barrel is just perfectly integrated. Seamless transition from chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, light cherry, and wood. Very very drinkable and tasty. This beer is really great.
dchmela (3006) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Hopscotch for hooking this up. Deep red brown pour with a creamy head. Huge vanilla barrel and whiskey aroma. Smooth creamy body, malty with hints of cherry, scotch and vanilla in the taste. Outstanding brew.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… Pours hazy and very dark (a glimpse of burnt orange when held up to light) with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Excellent retention. The rich aroma is a mélange of coconut, vanilla, sourmash, caramel, oak and toffee. Medium to full-bodied with very tingly carbonation. The flavor is earthy and woody accompanied by caramel, pralines, sourmash warmth and light acidity. Lengthy, caramely, buttery, drying finish. Thanks to corby112 for hooking me up!
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source:Sample from a 750 mL bottle.
Appearance:Poured a dark brown with red highlights and a huge off white head.
Aroma:Vanilla, bourbon and oak dominate the nose. A hint of caramel present.
Flavor:Huge bourbon notes here. Vanilla and caramel peek through, but bourbon dominates.
Palate:Medium body with solid carbonation.
Overall:Excellent beer. Loved the nose. The palate was a bit too hot, but still excellent.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle, courtesy of hopscotch. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice fuzzy tan head with a little lacing. Nose is nice bourbon, vanilla, wood, rich caramel and some fruitiness. The barrel seemed to take away the peat notes from the standard version. Rather thin in the mouth, low carb, a nice caramel, touch of roast and the bourbon is much more restrained in the flavor.