jsquire (4040) - 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.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Brewís Cafe: Pours a hazy copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, lots of bourbon and vanilla, some oak, sweet malts. Flavor, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, some earthy notes, very sweet. Full bodied, sweet and smooth on the finish. Maybe a little on the boozy side, but good none the less.
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 On tap: Aroma is a nice combination of caramel, buttery toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and the slightest hint of citrus hops. Itís a very cloudy orangish-brown with a minimal off-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with quick dose of caramel. Nice buttery toffee backbone. Moderate bourbon and vanilla in the finish. Surprisingly, the citrus hops are still coming through relatively strong. Full-bodied with a sticky mouth feel and mild carbonation.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Maduro, Bells GTMW pre-party 8/10/07. Cloudy brown orange with a minimal beige head. Aroma was mainly of bourbon, toffee, sugar cookie, and alcohol. Flavor had lots of caramel/toffee, vanilla, a bit of sherry and chocolate, and some mild alcohol. The bourbon is still ever-present. Full body with light carbonation. Very good. I think I remember not rating the regular 3rd Coast that well, but this is much better.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Maduro in Madison, WI Reddish color. Aroma is tannic oak planks, chocolate, maltiness from both light and dark malts. Taste is sugar cookies, oak, dark fruits, alcohol with a finish of tannic oak and alcohol. Thick mouthfeel.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Graydonís Crossing, Grand Rapids MICH...murky, muddy chesnut brown body with large bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, and lactose in the nose..flavor is extremely smooth and features vanilla, large oak tannins, burnt/caramelized sugars...very, very good
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice ale. I usually am not into Ales, but had to try a bourbon barrel ale. Very silky finish and aftertase. Nice Ale.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazingly on tap at Bar Louie. Served Sofa-King cold, the head isnt really an issue. First sip is a Holy Shit moment as the warming bourbonilly vanilla takes over to cover up the almost obscene level of coldness this beer is served. the mouthfeel is as silky as the 18th green at Augusta National. Larry my man, youíve found a way to get it done again.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Bellís Eccentric Cafe. I actually liked this more than I thought I would. Very nice flavor with a hint of alcohol. Not harsh at all-- could sip this all evening. Glad I tried it.