JoeMcPhee (8551) - 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.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared, thanks to goldtwins. Brown pour, a little muddy. Aroma is oaky vanilla, rich malt, and a little alcohol / bourbon. The mouthfeel is very smooth and soft for the intensity of this beer. Flavor is sweet malt, candy sugar, chocolate, vanilla, and some of the bourbon in the finish. A lot of different flavors, and I enjoyed it immensely.
notalush (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing this - growler - really hazy dark red beer - very spicy, oak and vanilla aroma, heavy on the bourbon, but not overpowering, with some cinnamon way in the back - the flavor is a bit too sweet, and very bourbon-heavy up front - some vanilla and toasted coconut - strong alcohol and spiciness on the back end, and the wood starts to come through, along with some brown sugar and chocolate - a bit boozy and sweet, but as it warms it gets a little more vinous, balancing out the sweetness and giving it a little more character - I think I prefer the regular third coast.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark brown body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet oak, caramel and molassas aroma. Very strong oak, bourbon and vanilla flavor with some caramel and molassas. Medium full body with low carbonation and a bourbon finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 12 oz. growler from a couple of good guys. Muddy brown body with a tiny off-white head, fading. Big coconut, buttery, bourbon nose with toffee and a hint of dark fruits. Moderately sweet with rich toffee, prunes, figs, smooth bourbon, coconut and maple syrup. Full body is ultra soft with light carbonation. Finish is long, sweet, lightly bitter with a soothing warmth.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz handbottle filled from tap, shared by artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a murky, oily brownish color with yellowish edges. Lots of sweet, toasty bourbon and warm coconut and buttery notes in the aroma; vanilla-tinged, tasty, syrupy barrel notes; just a bit more reserved than Iíd like. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; tasty, dense bourbon character with soft edges: tons of brown sugar, vanilla, and melted butter; generous, excellent bourbon over a warming caramel and dried fruit core; tasty, tasty stuff with an excellent barrel presence. Lengthy finish, with plenty of citrus bitterness, gooey brown sugar, and toasty vanilla-tinged bourbon.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown color with slight tan head. aroma of boubon and hops with sweet notes (i can do without the vanilla). the bourbon and hops are overrun by the vanilla and caramel flavors. not a bad barleywine, just dominated by vanilla.
Dogbrick (8664) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Bellís tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: This beer is a hazy dark brownish-orange color with a compact beige head that recedes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Chocolate malt, oak, and rich caramel in the nose. Full body with sweet malt and caramel flavors offset by bourbon and hops. The finish is oak and vanilla with a lingering malt aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable overall.
jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bellís dinner at Brews. Murky brown orange color with very few bubbles that struggled to form a ring around the edge of the glass. The nose is just chuck full of bourbon. This is one hot beer. The Third Coast Old Ale is one of my favorite beers, but I donít think that the barrel helped it at all. Flavor is just dominated by bourbon, with caramel sweetness and some bready malts. This beer just tingles on the tongue. The barrel just bludgeons this beer.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours a dark red/mahogany color with a small, scattered white head. Aroma is intense. Heavy notes of bourbon, wood, oak, vanilla. Really strong but I enjoyed them. There is some caramel maltiness underneath from the beer but the oak notes really are in the foreground. Taste is the same. Loads of vanilla and oak, bourbon, with a bittersweet finish. Full bodied and sticky. Reminded me a lot of Founderís Backwoods Bastard. I could see how some would think this was a bit over the top but I enjoyed it immensely.