merc7186 (1958) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle# 158 /456
Bottle poured into snifter.
A: Hazy Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head Ring, No Lacing
S: Vanilla, Bourbon
T: Vanilla, Bourbon, Semi Sweet Malts
M: No Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet
Overall, I like the barrel effect to the beer, but definitely has the age.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Red wax that was falling off. Side x side - Levuds and BA Levuds. Bottle #94/456. Poured a golden color with a small sized head. Fruity, some woodiness, caramel, lighter bourbon, and vanilla. This one held up decently and blew away the non BA version.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, #45 (I think) of 456.. with some ugly-a$$ pink wax on top. Poured translucent, fiery golden with no head on top.. looked quite still.. loved the color. The aroma picked up semi-sweet bourbon and lightly-metallic-lightly-funky barrel above all else.. toasted, medium-skinned fruits, banana esters, and a hit of anise behind.. black pepper and tangy fruit skins on the very warm back of the nose. The flavor found syrupy fruits (starfruit, overripe pear, and peach kernel come tom mind) and some licorice at the core.. tangy oak, fruit skins, and sweet bourbon around.. picked up fruit-like funk, more barrel, and full-belly warmth on the long finish. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. coating, even through it was kind of slick.. a tad too heavy-handed, but it was definitely tasty, and age mellowed it out nicely.
JoeTheYounger (1136) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden pour with not much head. Aroma is sweet caramel and bourbon. Taste is also sweet with mild bourbon and mild coconut molasses and vanilla. Delicious.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle courtesy of Nate at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 3/19/11. Bottle 135/456. Pours a clear copper color with a thin head that fades quickly. Big bourbon aroma with notes of vanilla, wood and booze. Some faint stone fruits are present but the wonderful fruitiness of the base beer is obliterated by the bourbon. The taste is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, maple, apricot, strawberries, leafy hops. burnt sugar, faint booze.Medium-full bodied. Still a good beer, but the bourbon aging detracts from the base beer in my mind.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cool! donít remember the bottle number, we were trying to hard to get the weird child wax off .. . Pours a deep gold, some light foam .. . mmm, this is much nicer than the original levud, light saison notes again but with oak and wood .. . good stuff, but like levud, rarity drives this more than quality .. . This is the greatest case of false advertising Iíve seen since I sued the movie The Never Ending Story...
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by someone at a private BA tasting. Pours a clear orange with white bubbles in lieu of head. Nose is of funk, stinky feet and bourbon. Taste is of bourbon which overpowers everything else. Mouthfeel is medium and tingly, sweet with alcohol noticeable.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of markwise. Pours gold with a bit of haze and near white head. The aroma has some light skinned fruity sweetness, sort of a honey note, smooth spicy notes and a bit of vanilla and then some booziness at the end of the draw. The taste begins on the sweet side with a very nice creamy mouthfeel where fruity notes like dried apricots and sweet ripe pears are noticed before sweet vanilla and smooth sweet bourbon booze help take this into the finish. Fine stuff and incredibly creamy and smooth.
JohnnyJ (4221) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml waxed bottle. Clear copper pour, with a thin off-white head. Caramel, sweet malts, fruit, bourbon, oak, light brown sugar and vanilla. Pretty hot and boozy. Decent BA beer, better then regular Levuds for sure.
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at IBrew2or3ís going away... thanks to AmEricanBrew for this one. Pours a yellow0brown caramel color with a white head. Nose is bourbon, sugar, sweet malt, booze, vanilla, and wood. Flavor is sweelt malt, some spices, bourbon, sugar, booze, and vanilla. Interesting medium-bodied barreled beer. Aging nicely, still pretty hot.