nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted from the tap at Stone 14th. Murky dark brown in color with mocha like head . Rich and smooth in your mouth without being too thick and overwhelming. Myriad of flavors; sweet caramel malt, molasses, raisin, alcohol, oak, and toffee. Long lasting finish. Very very good.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Stone 14th. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Flavor is caramel malt with dark fruits and bourbon, hop flavors linger with other spices and bourbon wood accents, amazing!
CanIHave4Beers (3228) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 Shared at the RBSG 2010 grand tasting. Pours a deep brown with a small head. The aroma is some burnt plastic with some booziness and maple syrup. The flavor is smoky and slightly burnt with a good deal of sweet cherry and woodiness. The palate was particularly brash, my notes say I choked on it... I don’t remember that but I must have! All this in mind this was inexplicably entirely more enjoyable than I am making it sound.
ketchepillar (1068) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG Tasting. Thanks Hopscotch! Boozy fruity nose. Seriously molasses-y. Some vinegar. Just too much.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque deep copper brown with a short lived creamy tan head. Sweet molasses citrus and bourbon aroma and taste with a candy finish.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark reddish brown, molasses, dark fruits, wood, caramel, little vinious, little spice.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown, thin head, spotty lacing. Nose is extremely lifted, much more expressive and forward than the standard Coton. Notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, coconut, toast, very deep & profound. I could smell this all day. Flavours of caramel, raisins, bourbon, there are still some hops here too, and they bring some real spiciness, as well as a vanilla spice brought by the malt and oak. A VAST improvement over the standard Coton, an absolutely classic brew.
HonkeyBra (3344) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at RBSG 2010 Grand Rapids. Ruddy, reddish brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of sweet dried fruit, toffee, caramel, and lots of big bourbon. Flavor is remarkably better than the ’other" version. Hot and boozy, still more sweet than I’d prefer in a beer, but the bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes add a bit of balance to what was a shockingly sweet blend in the other version. Certainly couldn’t drink more than the small sample I had. Mouthfeel is thick, and it finishes hot. This is better, but nothing I’ll pine for.
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the RBSG Summer Grand Tasting (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a nice dark brown with red edges. Aromas are big and malty, toffee and caramel mix with subtle orange marmalade, raisin, substantial bourbon, vanilla tannins, rich on the nose. Initial is thinner than expected, warming bourbon hits fast, caramel and toffee, biscuits, more toffee, a touch of marmalade, touch of light creamy sweetness, cakey, with a decent sweetness, light bitterness and booziness on the back, light raisin and dark fruit. Nice, but nothing overly complex or earth moving, instead it starts to move a bit towards cloying. The flavors are on, but the overall experience just doesn’t hit me right necessarily. A solid beer but I don’t see the appeal compared to some of their better beers.
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Brian! Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a mocha head that settled to a very pretty ring. Nose is big and malty, full of some very fine bourbon, with a lot of pipe tobacco and old leather. A winner. Heavy in the mouth, quite full of bourbon, with a lot of malt character. Pipe tobacco is really strong here, just a wonderful quality. Initially the carbonation is too strong, it has to sit for a bit. Some tangy flavors that concerns me...it’s hard to tell whether it’s heat from the bourbon or a sour/infection type thing. But that’s kind of allayed with time and I guess it’s just heat. This is definitely for people who enjoy boozy, bourbon barrel beers. A really nice sipper.