VastActiv (4540) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at The Well, New York. Colour is reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Ripe fruits, some sweetness, some distant hints of alcohol, caramel and malts. Simple but I like these kind of beers.
Dr_Fellini (1018) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium to deep brown with some reddish hues. Aroma is boozy, scotch, light smoke. Flavor is toffee, caramel, vanilla. Nice barrel presence. Solid.
HoppyScallywag (197) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet bourbon aroma fills your nose. Sweet malts and bourbon fill your mouth, with the 12% warming it. The sweetness is a molasses type that's just a little too sweet.
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Turboninja (353) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@home, from Wine Spot, Cleveland, USA. Medium/strong, bold aroma of plum, cherry and bourbon. Dark amber/brown color with small/medium light beige head and hazy liquid. Strong averagely balanced taste with plum, bourbon, cherry, some vanilla and coffee and a hint of licorice. Complex taste with wide taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with clear malty bourbon. Strong body with medium/low carbonation. Overall, schoolbook like taste except not perfectly balanced and could have either more body or less carbonation. Great performance though.
ryanfolty (2270) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 30, 2015 - bottle from Brett. Dark brown pour with some head that foamed up nicely with a gentle swirl. Aroma was bourbon, sweet malt, wood and dark fruit. Taste was consistent with aroma, but heavy with the wood.
PorterPounder (6730) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, FL - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz bottle. Very dark, dense orange/light brown pour, not much of a head. Aroma has some toffee accents, a hint of molasses, just a touch of bourbon. Flavor is decidedly sweet, toffee, date sweetness, some prunes, a touch of molasses, just a hint of bourbon in the back end. Thick, sticky mouthfeel.
chinchill (3592) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz undated bottle (thanks BH) served in a Belgian snifter after warming to a temperature a bit higher than the recommended 43F.
Pours fairly clear but the dark red-brown body is nearly opaque in the glass. Semi-durable tan head leaves decent lacing.
Aroma ripe and dried dark fruits, bourbon, faint baked grains.
Flavor: similar to the aroma with a touch of added vanilla and some wood notes that appear in the finish and aftertaste. Lightly sweet.
Feel: admirably smooth with well hidden alcohol but some inevitable warming.
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a snifter.
2.75 A: Deep brown color. Just a thin skin of head formed during an aggressive pour and fell just as quickly as it formed.
4.0 S: The bourbon and barrel mix extremely well with the base beer. Big leathery component with molasses, melon, plum, raisin, and caramel. A touch of smokiness, a bit of roast, vanilla, oak.
3.75 T: Taste is like the nose. Leather, molasses, plum, raisin, caramel, smoky peat. Roast vanilla, oak. I’d prefer it to be a bit thicker and perhaps a bit sweeter, but it’s still pretty good.
3.0 M: Heavier medium body. Undercarbonated by about half of what I’d want. Lightly creamy, which I imagine would be improved with more carbonation.
3.75 D: Pretty good beer. Only complaint is that I’d love some more carbonation.
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Bule (1528) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Sharp spirit flavors. Lots of spices, and some caramel.
Angelmonster (167) - Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky brown body with a 1/4th inch off white head. Head retention is good and lacing is great.
Smell is of burnt brown sugar, caramel malt and charred oak. As beer warms, bourbon becomes more apparent. Hops weren’t detected.
Taste is definitely a malt bomb. Biscuit malts, caramelized sugar, and burnt oak dominate the palate. Bourbon is definitely in there but isn’t too harsh for a 12 percent alcohol beer.
Mouthfeel is medium heavy, carbonation is a tad on the low end. Head was present throughout the beer and added a nice amount of creaminess.
Overall beer was good but malt and sweetness were overpowering. Would have liked something to distract from the cloying sweet malt, maybe more barrel aging?