phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. capped aluminum bottle from shrubber85- thanks again, Roger! 2015 vintage. Pours a deep but not opaque slightly browned mahogany with a small off-white head that fizzles into a ring and a film relatively quickly. Aroma of oak, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, earth, vanilla, molasses, dried dark fruits, tobacco, and tea - doesn’t really pop like you’d expect, but has layers of unexpected depth. The flavor, though, doesn’t deliver much - toffee, cola, wood, light bourbon warmth throughout, earth, tea, and dark fruits. Medium-plus bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. It’s good and smooth and nice to sip, but it’s too restrained to be truly memorable.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1680 - #CBC2015 Beer 65 - Day 4 - Draught at one of the parking lot events. Rich blackbrown pour with a creamy tan head that bubbles away quickly. Aroma is roast malts, vanilla, hint of chocolate and weak coffee, mild nuttiness (almond). Mild carbonation, medium-heavy alcohol warmth, little yeasty whiff as well. Palate is more malt character, nutty, chocolatey, vanilla oakey Pappy textures shine through. Phenomenal.
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can to glass. Excellent bourbon character in the nose. A bit more on the dark lager in the flavor. Overall quite solid.
jredmond (7132) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sampled at GABF 2015. Pours a deep amber with thick head. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with notes of sweet sugar, maple, toffee, soft alcohol, wood and brown sugar.
FlandersNed (391) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16oz screw top can. Clear mahogany color, moderate tan head. Boozy brown sugar lager nose. Caramel, vanilla, smooth oak, balanced bourbon & turbinado sugar taste. Good!
Ibrew2or3 (7910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Arizona Canned Beer Festival 2015. Bottle shaped can pours up with a clear brown body that supports a tan head. The aroma offers up big smooth bourbon sort of rum like notes flowing into coconut and mild sweet dark fruity esters. The taste is smooth and similar with soft brown sugar and prune sweetened bourbon and coconut. To midway it finds a faint vanilla sweetness to go along with all of the other sweet notes. Great sipper where the bourbon and booze have just enough sharpness to help cut into the sweetness to add a semblance of balance.
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased 5/20/15 from Sun King - 16oz screwtop can poured into 3F Tetsu glass on 5/24/15. Clear ruby/brown pour with an off-white frothy head. Nearly all bourbon on the nose - some vanilla and toffee notes. A bit thinner than expected, but plenty of flavor - again, mostly bourbon with hints of the dopplebock’s malts in the background. Very good beer - but the price made me feel like I was paying more for the Van Winkle name than Sun King’s side of the ledger. I wish they had amped up their Bock to stand up to the barrel more. Still - I strongly recommend trying this delicious brew.
Travlr (19481) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aluminum bottle courtesy of shrubber85 and Patrickctenchi, thanks! Clear maroon amber color. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon. Taste is rich caramel, vanilla, booze. Tasty.
Patrickctenchi (5670) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, brown.....with a creamy tan head.
Mild bourbon, vanilla, aroma.
Creamy, toffee malt, vanilla bourbon flavours....rich, sweet.
shrubber85 (9943) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aluminum bottle. Chocolate toffee malt, bourbon and hay aroma. Brown with moderate head. Strong vanilla, bourbon, toffee malt, and lightly bitter flavor. Nice body. Pretty good.