Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle thanks to mashmaster. Dark reddish brown. Aroma is loaded with sweetness, sweet vanilla from the barrels, brown sugar, spices and yams. Not bad just a little too sweet. The taste has brown sugar, vanilla, spices, yams. The bourbon barrel character seems to go well with a spiced pumpkin or yam style of beer. I like how the vanilla and caramel works well with the yams and spices.
peteinSD (1392) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
’11 bottle. Light and hazy brown color with a thin, quickly fading tan head and a steady ebb of carbonation. Smells like yams and pie crust with some sweet malt, holiday spices, and background bourbon. Bourbon is more prominent in the taste as is the intensity of the malt sweetness. Other than the spice flavor It’s hard to pick out the base beer under the bourbon. I do like the barrel aspect though. Mouthfeel on the thin side but drinks clean. Nice enough bourbon barrrel aged beer but the base beer is not to be found. Maybe better to try this closer to its release.
Reynolds314 (2385) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad I suppose. Not much of the spices or yams or whatever was supposed to be used. A lightly tart, brown ale with some barrel characteristics. meh.
Ernesto987 (3848) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
hill farmstead bottle share, didnt want to like a bruery beer but this one was good, the barrel aging added another flavor to this multidemensional beer
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tame bourbon that really blends well into the background of this beer. The sweetness plays well with the vanilla/caramelized. The spices are reserved which is nice. A little sweet for me but not heavy or syrupy but it is summertime. In response to all the pumpkin beers coming out 2 months early I thought I would finally crack this one. I am looking forward to this when the temp drops once again.
drowland (6124) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by Blazer06. Thanksgiving aroma with spices and sweet syrup. Thanksgiving flavor as well. Nice.
rbrazell (1701) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to someone! Deep amber pour. Aroma is spicy, sweet malt, maple syrup, cinnamon an brown sugar. Flavor mimics the aroma the better barrel flavor and a touch of alcohol at the end. Not bad.
mcberko (6873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 750mL bottle, sent from BigTomz (thanks Tom), pours an opaque dark amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma is intense, with yams, bourbon barrels, brown sugar and maple syrup. Flavour is heavy on the bourbon barrels, followed by the maple syrup, brown sugar and subtler yams than in the nose. The bourbon and maple are the biggest elements. Finishes with maple syrup and yams, and lots of the bourbon. While the barrels take centre stage, the alcohol is well-contained. Certainly a unique concoction here - enjoyable in small amounts, but becomes overbearing quickly.
jbeatty (1064) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 06/18/2012. Mahogany pour, small yet persistent beige head, dense, bubbly. Nose is rich bourbon- vanilla caramel enhanced by maple syrup, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, other spices. Similarly rich taste, cinnamon and brown sugar with yam and dark malty character, bourbon notes. Thick palate, low carbonation. I really enjoyed this, a little piece of Thanksgiving in my glass.
madmitch76 (15782) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd January 2010
10.0% version. Cloudy dark brown beer. Light nose of malt, spice and a little oak. Light semi dry palate. Smooth oaky malt with spice and an underlying sweetness. A light tang leads to aniseed alcohol. Well joined up with the component yams, molasses, maple syrup and spices all in synch. Some molasses in the aftertaste.