dcschiller (2156) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle). Pours a cloudy dark brown-orange color with a nice than head. Aroma has sweet yams, vanilla, light bourbon,and pumpkin pie spices. Taste is sweet with vanilla, bourbon and spices. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Almost a sour touch going on here too. Quite nice.
dmac (3541) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Michael at jcwattsruggers. Poured an uglier dark brown body with light brown edges, a good amount of visible floaties and a smaller light beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, wood, old bananas and a hint of menthol in the background. Palate has a fuller body with soft to average carbonation, actually nice carbonation for a BA beer. Flavor of light bourbon, wood, banana, hint of spice, prunes, fig and dry toffee. Good stuff.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle opened last night with Amyliz4. 2011 vintage. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pours a very dark brown with a thin off-white head. Decent retention and a bit of spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose is really bourbon heavy, especially before it starts to warm up. At that point, the bourbon is still 85+% of the aroma, though there’s a bit of the Autumn Maple spice in there as well. The flavor, on the other hand, is almost entirely bourbon along with some alcohol heat. Feel is better with some of the spices making an appearance again, plus the bourbon adds a nice -- but not overpowering -- boozy kick. Decent, but way too barrel heavy.
orangesol (567) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Pours murky dark brown with a one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace what so ever down the glass.
S - Smells of rich brown sugar, yams, vanilla, warm bourbon, cinnamon, and caramel. The nose gets better as it warms up but it isn’t very well balanced and never really wowed me.
T - Starts off with a good amount of yam flavor but that quickly fades into the shadows as the warm bourbon and sticky sweet brown sugar take over. Hints of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other "Thanksgiving Spices" help round things out but this one is really all about the main flavors it seems.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, sticky, feel with some warm booze that lingers on the pallet long after consumption.
O - I knew going into this one that I may not enjoy it but I was pleasantly surprised. The BA worked pretty well with the base beer and it never really overpowered the base flavors. I still have one more of these, can’t wait to see what a year or so does to it.
zathrus13 (1667) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours brown, with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, malt, and spices. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, sweet potatoes, caramel, spices, ans alcohol. Body is medium to light.
CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with the MN guys. Thanks! Clear brown sugar pour, with a very spare light tan head, and no lacing. Aroma is nutmeg and cinnamon, bourbon, slight vegetal notes, light caramel, brown sugar. Very spice forward. Taste is a little more balanced, with some more nice malt flavors, caramel, some nice spice flavors. Pretty nice.
DalzAle (1847) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown pour, smal ring of carbonation and a sweet vegetal bourbon nose. Flavor is candied yams, bourbon, wood and a little pumpkin pie spice. Much better than the regular version.
jtclockwork (6258) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at John’s tasting. Pours dirty mud-colored brown. Nose/taste of yam, bourbon barrel, oak, sweet potato, brown sugar, spices, molasses and maple. Medium body. Smooth - aged well.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. This was a huge disappointment from a typically good brewery. Brown pour with an off white head. Terribly sweet and boozy with all kinds of maple.
deanso (4194) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared out by my friend Brian in nyc
Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Great Taste. Very smooth. Yummy beer. Great