kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of spice, ginger, clove and banana. I got a strong banana flavor at first. Lots of ginger bread spice, caramel and vanilla. A nice holiday beer.
DesertDevil (448) - Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750-mL bottle. A flat black pour with a tan ring of bubbles for a head. Light bourbon and chocolate are the first tones on the nose, followed by pungent spices (ginger, nutmeg, and a bit of star anise). Toffee, chocolate, and light coffee are detectable first on the taste, along with caramel, light oak, a ton of hot booze (but barely any bourbon flavor), and muted ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Fairly flat with a slick texture and a spicy, long finish. While the flavors have mellowed a bit with age, it is still one of my favorite Christmas ales.
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at ESBLS at my house. Thanks Shep. Dark brown with no head. So much whiskey and fruit in the aroma. That is also tasted with a big whiskey bite. That brings some harshness. Vanilla and tree bark. Spices. This is really hot as alcohol is very much noted. Big dryness, too. A great beer to share.
SSSteve (3661) - - JAN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nutty raisin and toffee aroma. Barrel adds a sweet toffee and maple note to the dark raisiny fruit flavored beer. Some spice but possibly faded some.
wnoble (1214) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep deep red brown and slightly hazy with a thin ring of foam lingering around the sides. Nose is typical bruery beer aroma with that distinct nutty malty rich breadiness and complex layers of barrel and fruity alcohol. flavor is similar with that rich nuttiness and alcoholic barrel flavors. Pretty good. I hated the regular version.
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, opened Christmas Eve. Ruby brown with no head. Plum, alcohol, spice, brown sugar, oak - makes me think of mulled bourbon - slightly tart, moderate carbonation and body, boozy, sweet.
olr1984 (917) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Pours dark hazy brown with zero head. Big bourbon and dark fruit aroma. Taste is the same with a big vanilla boozy finish.
SpongeRuiner (561) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to tectactoe. Really good bourbon flavors. A lot of different flavors here, dark fruits and spices. Another good one from The Bruery.
Haslinger (853) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle shared with kegbear. Dark brown almost black pour with minimal head.W onderful aroma of fruit and booze. Taste is delicious but the aftertaste may be one of the best I have ever tasted. Wow just lingering notes of caramel and rum and a hint of malty spice. Delicious
peteinSD (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark, murky brown pour with an initial froth of tan foam that quickly disappears. Moderate bourbon with vanilla in the aroma followed by a dense malt profile with fig, plum, raisin, brown sugar, and light spice that intermingles with the alcohol heat. Taste is semi-harsh bourbon with alcohol vapors and heavily sweet malt and some spices. The beer smells more interesting than it tastes. Coating mouthfeel. Decent.
madvike (2578) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Pours deep mahogany with a thin ring of tan head. Pretty sharp on the nose. Boozy with sweet dark fruit, bourbon, and not much else. Taste is better--not as sharp, hot, with lots of dark bread malt and a touch of chocolate. Slick, with lots of sharp, hot heat. Not my favorite.