auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bar Louie - Ann Arbor, MI. Heavy bourbon nose over pineapple, hops, cream and the typical TCOA estery aroma. Very nice, if a twinge hot. Even glowing at a cold temp. Pours a muddied rufous and brown, with a thin rim of tan. Right away, on the front end the flavor is too bourbon hot. Coarse. Bitter. Straight fresh bourbon, right in a glass dominates the front end of the beer. Then thereís a discordant clash with the hops, having aged lightly into some vegetal notes. Following through is the good estery run and warm, rich creaminess this beer plays. So, itís not working real well right now, but I bet if you aged this 3-5 years, it would be completely out of sight. Iím surprised by how well the carbonation is working. Finishes on a light toast note.
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Capital Ale House Innsbrook Kerstbier Fest. Sampled after a firkin pour of Expedition and Expedition through the "Caffeinator." Delighted to try this. Murky brown, slight head. Bourbon, oak, and slight cherry nose, rich caramel malt in the background. Flavor has massive rich caramel malts, loads of bourbon barrel tannins, and vanilla in the back. Nice. You could make an argument that there is too much bourbon influence here, but I enjoyed it. Although I probably prefer the normal version of the Old Ale.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Graydonís Crossing, Grand Rapids. Murky orange-brown body, thin, tight cream head. Heavy oak dominates the aroma, which warms to sweet breads, musty caramels, and alcohol. Big oak body, the oak tending to dominate the flavor profile. Sweet, musty caramels kick in over time, in addition to oxidized hops. Dusty. A thin red wine or brandy character also becomes apparent after the palate is coated. And, a touch of plum pudding and bubblegum. But, the predominant characteristic is oak beginning to finish. Just a touch of prickly alcohol reminds the drinker of its potency. Very good.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Maduro prior to the 2007 GTMW: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin, frothy coating of light tan head. Sweet caramely malty bourbon oaky vanilla nose smells like a dessert. Rich complex body starts with full sweet caramely malt and a nice balance of oaky bourbon and smooth bittersweetness with lots of molasses and a hint of warmth toward the finish. They left this in the barrel the perfect amount of time. Great balance and complexity. A sipping dessert beer.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maduro Pre GTMW- Dark brown, off white head. Nose is dark fruit and bourbon. The balance in this beer is like nothing else Iíve ever had. It was incredible with a perfect mix of the barrel and the beer itself. Makes the beer better.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew had everybody whooping and hollerin at Great Taste, the bourbon here really did knock your socks off. Once that intial surprise of the X-heavy whiskey was overcome,you could start to detect the candy sweetness and dark fruit ,caramel malt aromas, taste was same, we knew we were in for a great festival and trying this,so interesting,Iím not sure the bourbon works as good in the fruity barley wine,as it does the more chocolaty malts,but damn ,iím glad I tried this
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Maduro. Enjoyed this side by side with BA 7000 -- not bad double-fisting. This was surprisingly sweet -- bitter hops were muted in favor of cane syrup, brown sugar, and stone fruit flavors. The bourbon again dominated (similar to 7K) with strong vanilla and hazelnuts components to the beer. Finish was boozy. Solid, but there are better barrel aged interpretations of the style out there. Nonetheless, an experiment worthy of Bells.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Maduro for the GTMW pre party
Dark red to brownish colore with no head. Basic bourbon, oak, vanilla aromas of virtually every bourbon barrel aged beer. The flavor still has some malt character, but is mostly over run by booze. I went back and checked my regular Third Coast rating. I didnít get any of the character I did then. Bummer. I love the regular stuff. This was just too hot for me. I think I still gave it a good number.
Ughsmash (7281) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Maduro Ė GTMW pre-party. Rating #1800! This was my winner from a hotly-contested weekend of drinking bliss! Poured a deep, murky, and seductive brown with a short but well-retained cap of milky-beige head. The aroma picked up dry, smoky, and nutty notes for an intriguing first impression.. the barrel-aging slowly creeps in with toasted oak and vanilla beans.. soft and enticing.. hints of cherry, toffee, and aged caramel show up after that.
This just blew me away in the flavor department!! light vanilla, bourbon, and dry brandy sugars flow seamlessly over the buttered toffee, aged caramel, and nutty notes at the core of this beast.. picked up more of the barrel as it warmed, but remained perfectly-integrated.. just Brilliant! Heavy-bodied on the palate and toasty with expert precision on the great build of power from the first impression through the finish. All I can ask of Larry now is that he bottle some!
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice dark reddish brown appearance. flavor is sweet with a slight oak flavor. the alcohol is not overwelming. vry nice