madvike (2519) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by BenC at his going away tasting...thanks Ben! - First rating in over two years of this beer. Pours murky mahogany with a thin tan head. Nose is buttery sweet bourbon, smooth mellow booziness, and a bit of mellow oak. Itís dark and fruity and rich. Taste has lots of buttery dark malt, fruity and sweet with bourbon notes. Finishes with oak and tobacco. Medium-bodied and slick. This seems to have held up well over the years, but it also seems a bit faded. Still, hugely awesome of Ben to open this up!
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to nerd for sharing this at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.
Pours brings a pretty dark brown beer with a thin layer of a tan head that settles into a pretty decent cap. The nose is really nice with quite a bit of smooth bourbon with a good amount of oak. Dark fruits abound and there is a slight touch of roast there as well. The taste isnít quite as good or complex, but itís nice with a bit of sweetness and boozy bourbon. Also some mild oak presence in the background. The feel is really nice and the barrel character has really integrated well. Really tasty and drinkable. I really hope regular Partridge is near to this. Thanks again, Mike.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-05-2011
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a medium brown with a hint of red to it. The head is a very light tan, only rises about half a finger and is gone right away. It leaves a light ring around the glass and light lacing.
The aroma is strong, complex, and awesome. It starts off very sweet with tons of vanilla and cherries.
The taste starts off really sweet with tons of vanilla and wood. It tastes good, but this is not a quad. Its more of an old ale to me.
The feel is good and easy to drink.
Overall, I enjoyed this, its sweet and balanced.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Puff pastry / sugar cookie dough aroma with light notes of apple cider. Pretty dry flavor with notes of dates. Nice, but I have doubts that this would withstand any sort of long term aging.
Doodler (311) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber cracked open at Sir Chrisí Xmas gathering. Lots of hype ended quickly when Chris drain-poured his glass. Have had the regular so I kind of knew what to expect. Murky brown pour with little head. Raisiny aroma, with some apple notes. Strange fruits and caramel flavor. Weirdly off somewhere. Not tart or sour, but has some bite. Woody finish with some heat. Glad I didnít purchase or trade for this one. On to the BA Autum Maple....
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle courtesy of Sam. Pours a rusty brown color with a tan head. Aroma of raisins and apple juice with a pruney note. Some crazy dark fruit stuff emanating here. Prune juice, caramel, chocolate, basically lots of complex residuals and esters in the flavor. Thereís a sort of odd tartness to it as well. Barrel isnít overt but you know itís there. Pretty cool beer, though it doesnít all mesh quite right.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Dark ruddy brown color with a lasting beige head. Big fruity aroma with bright berries and some bourbon. Very fruity flavor with some bourbon barrel character much dominating vivid fruit. Rich and boozy with an alcoholic and drying finish. Medium-full body. Very fruity without having any fruit in it, which has got to be a function of the alcohol. I liked it, but certainly wouldnít go through the trouble again.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 6/6/10: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a rich, complex dark caramel and bourbon oaky nose with some raisin and black cherry notes. Starts with good fullness and appropriate carbonation with a sticky rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor with some complex brown sugar and bourbon oak character before a rich warming finish. Could use some time to age, but has good potential.
Sean9689 (269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle shared by my homie, Kan, into a CCB snifter. States "100% Barrel Aged" on the back, so I guess that confirms it. Yeah.
A - Dark browish/black, off-white/tan head, a fingers-worth of head which vanishes quickly. Thereís a thin cap that remains on top, some lacing.
S - Coconuts, burnt sugars, caramel, bourbon, oak.
T - Pretty much the same as the nose. I get the barrel-aged notes, but it works wonderfully with the base beer. Coconut, Quad, dark fruits. All meld together wonderful, this beer is wonderful.
M - Medium to full bodied, creamy, rich, smooth.
D - Better then I expected, excellent. Hopefully, I can find someone who has another bottle to try this one again in a year or so. I know itís super limited, but hey, I guess I can hope for the best? Damn good, a must-try.
pantanap (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barrel aged partridge in a pair tree as part of the reserve society
and not numbered... Pours a dark reddish caramel brown with a quickly
dissipating just off-white head... Then comes the aroma with huge
barrel notes with toffee fruit cake and bourbon with an aggresive edge
to it. Aggresively boozy but easily accustomed to... Flavors are
heavily barrel forward semi-tart fruit notes with holiday fruitcake
notes and finishes on the fruity bitter side. After warming, the heat
somewhat subsides and smoothens out. Soft to little carbonation with
an adequate body. Def a good sipper.