ClassyBeagle (300) - USA - OCT 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FROM NOTES: July 3, í12
Poured into a tasting glass at the MCBF í12. Had a great many tastes....
A: Strong bourbon smell with caramel notes, some earthy hops, a smokey, oak notes and maybe a bit of molasses.
A: Pours a deep amber with a thin off-white head.
T: Initially a very malty flavor that fades into more complex oak, smokey, bourbon barrel flavors with a complementary alcohol burn.
P: Thick palate, low carbonation.
O: This beer is so good I canít believe itís brewed in Alabama! This is a world-class beer and worthy of your efforts to obtain it.
Suttree (4742) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The score might be a little misleading because I donít know that I fully enjoyed this like a 3.5 score indicated. Oh, sure all the components are there nice flavor, sweet and malty, with a lot of molasses. But it was just, I donít know, more than I was wanting at the time.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Richardís tasting. Copper colored pour with a white head. Nose is sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak. Minimal bourbon, some dark fruit, and alcohol. A lot of sweet sugar to the flavor. Caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Some booze, cardboard, and dark fruit as well.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by brew3crew. Thanks again, Jason! Pours a dark amber color with a small beige head. Notes of caramel, vanilla, boozy cake, molasses, dark dried fruits (dates, figs), earth, and some faint spicy and tangy notes. Medium-bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Good, sweet old ale.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
24-Aug-13 (22-oz bottle: Shared by KingG, thanks Geoi!)
This barrel-aged beer pours a hazy, medium-brown body with a quarter-inch, tan head that settles fairly quickly to a thin ring and swirly sheet. The nose is obviously bourbony and oaky, with sweet, caramely, maple-like malty aromas, lots of sweet, dried fruit like raisin, fig, and apricot, and some green character from the oak. On the palate, again, the bourbon barrel aging really comes out, but itís not boozy, but rather more toward coconut, vanilla, and oak. The malts are sweet and caramely with some light toastiness, and thereís a dried fruit character that suggests raisin, some prune, and apricot. The beer is full bodied and sweet, bordering on cloying, but I guess my mindset expects it to be pretty sweet anyway. Carbonation is light-medium, which fits fine. Overall, this is pretty solid. The bourbon barrel is pretty strong, but itís not boozy, and I really appreciate that. My first beer from Alabama is a winner! Oh wait, I had some Red Mountain garbage back in the 90ís, but that was terrible, so it doesnít count!
bytemesis (2166) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear deep mahogany with a small tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing. Aroma is carmal, toffee, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is much the same plus some astringency and character from the wood. Medium sweet, little bitterness. A bit on the hot side on the finish. Tastes much more like a BA wee heavy than an old ale, but what the hey :)
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured clear, deeper amber with a short toasted beige head. The aroma picked up lots of sweet, warm dark fruits, molasses, and vanilla with accents of bourbon and another layer of fruit. The flavor found tangy fruit skins, oak, and bourbon with molasses and rich fruit meat behind.. lots more sugars and spicy boozage on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied and a bit too sweet on the palate.. this was interesting and it warmed up the belly.
jbrana (248) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flavors of brown sugar, bourbon, dark fruit, figs, raisins, and caramel. Quite a full mouthfeel, yet very smooth, and very little hint of hops.
jzzbassman (1414) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Bourbon is a particular weakness, so take that into consideration, because this is like someone married Theakstonís Old Peculiar and a fine brown KY liquid. Pours a cola brown with a small head. Bourbon in the aroma , along with oak and vanilla, and flavor following along beside.
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by brew3crew. Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt and bourbon wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy complex sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Complex barrel version.