phaleslu (6335) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Pours a hazy, murky brown with a small beige head. Lots of bourbon barrel in this one; vanilla, oak, caramel, raisins, dates, candied pecans, and coconut. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, malty mouthfeel. Really nice barrel treatment, and I’m not a Third Coast guy.
b3shine (5301) - Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to taster at Shakespeare’s 10th Anniversary Party. The beer is listed on the beer list as Third Coast Reserve, was on regular draft (not cask), and is listed at 10.9% abv. Looks good; a cloudy amber-tinted brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells and tastes good too, sweet and oaky with notes of caramel and toffee. Nice and smooth on the palate. Good beer!
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at Shakespeare’s pub. Color is a deep, muddy brown with little head. Smell is smokey, nutty, oak and vanilla, toffee and lots of caramel. The bourbon is light on the aroma. Tastes the same with the bourbon integrated well. A great beer again from Bells.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Santa. Thanks!
Pours a decent tea brown with an aroma of alcohol soaked raisin with a slight touch of peanut butter chocolate. Flavor is a nice blend of raisin, plumb, cherry chocolate, and a touch of white wine. Thick and full mouthfeel. Wonderful beer; wish I had more bottles to age...
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ The Oak Cafe 3-1-08. Cloudy/muddy brown, film for head. Nice sweet bourbon aroma up front, vanilla, butter, caramel, and surprisingly some hop citrus in the background. Flavor is dominated by buttery/vanilla bourbon, caramel/toffee is very mellow. Big, thivk luscious mouthfeel. As it warms becomes way too easy a drink.
nolankowal (926) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Bells tasting. Hazy dirty orange pour with a yellowed off white head. Aroma of buttery bourbon, bready malt, earthy hops, butterscotch, and all other things heavy and decadent. Flavors of butterscotch, bready caramel malt, vanilla, booze...again a lot of big, heavy flavors. Thick body, buttery/boozey with a boozey/sweet finish. Good, but I tihink I prefer the regular version.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Poured hazy brown with a thin off-white head. Big vanilla aroma with some notes of oak, bourbon, raisins, and sweet malt. Sweet fruity malt flavor with noticeable bourbon. But not too much for me. Mild bitterness on the semi-sweet finish. Good warmth and medium bodied. 9/4/9/4/17
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 Sampled from a keg-filled handbottle shared by artusory. Muddy purple brown colored body with minimal head. Amazingly there was quite a bit of sediment that settled out of the handbottle (from tap!)... never seen that. Has a huge, rich, oak and bourbon filled nose, with sharp plum, leafy tobacco, some richly sweet dark fruits, mashed plums and red wine... really complex, unique, inviting, decadent and amazing aroma. Sweet flavor of maple, bacon, banana, bourbon, charred, woody plums, some resinous black cherry, more resinous oak, brown sugar, etc, you get the picture. Damn good.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At The Oaks. Pours a ruby brown in color with a short lived head. Smell is bourbon soaked dark fruit and malt. Taste is very balanced and complex. This could be sipped all day, I’m really enjoying this. I don’t know if the barrel aging brings out flavors in Larry’s beers that aren’t in the original beer, but they become more complex. Don’t get me wrong the beers are already amazing, but the barrel aging takes these to an unholy level.
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by goldtwins. Deep amber-brown beer with a thin head. Aroma is very sweet and fruity. Lots of rich bourbony oaky sweetness. Bright sweet vanilla character, a bit of brown sugar, oak and sweet toffee. Spicy and lightly herbal. The flavour is a little bit boozy but there is a soft toffeeish character. As it warms, the booziness fades and the beer really comes together.