dinkle50 (686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber to dark amber pour. Head looks nice. A little lace. Aroma of fruit and apple juice. Mouth is pretty light. Some hints of apple and orange in taste. Slight oak taste from the barrels. Hint of bitterness in the finish. Iím curious what the non-BA version is like.
AmEricanbrew (4868) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2012. Clear amber color with ivory sheen. Nice raison, toffee, vanilla aromas. Medium body with soft co2. Spicy caramel, rich raison flavors with vanilla whiskey-alcohol is well cloaked--good.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong Ale 2012. Hazed orange pour with an off-white head. Nose is incredibly sweet and sugary. Tons of peach, some oak, and a hint of vanilla. Very mild whiskey, some citrus peel, and caramel. Flavor is all sugary sweetness. A bit of fruit character, mostly peach, some apple, and vanilla. Light oak character, a bit of whiskey, and some slight grassy bitterness.
peteinSD (958) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Strong Ale PP Carlsbad. Murky light caramel pour. Light boozie bourbon aroma with oak, caramel, and a near pear-type aspect. Taste is light bourbon, date, dried fruit, and semi-sweet malt. Clean, almost dry mouthfeel. Understated but well done.
crossovert (4565) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A confusing beer. It tastes like tea and those doughy flowery flavored asian candies.
Treebs (733) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared with danielnovak3. Bottle 246/261. Served in a Jacobin tulip.
A: Pours a dark ruby with a slightly darker colored body. A one finger off white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick collar that leaves some sheets of spotty lace.
S: Grains, wheat and fresh wood pop out with a mix of bourbon and sweet malts.
T: There is an odd woody spice that mixes with the bourbon up front. There is a nice caramel sweetness with a wheat and grain like presence. The bourbon lingers through out the each sip. There is some slight anise flavors to this as well.
M: Medium body with big, bold flavors. Medium to low carbonation. There is a grainy sweetness left on the palate.
O: I like the base beer a little bit more in this case as the barrel sort of took over the whole beer, but it was still a solid beer overall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-22-2011
Hophead22 (2746) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Rating #23. Dark amber/brown with very little head. Light medicinal aroma, oxidation. Flavor is brown sugar and toffee, liquid toffee, but not overly sweet, really freaking nice. (2349)
phaleslu (4451) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks a ton, Blake! Bottle 150/261. Pours a hazed red-amber color with a small off-white ring for a head. The aroma is incredibly woody, with vanilla, toffee, dried fruits, and bourbon- definitely a bit of heat. Flavor of wood, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, syrup, and mild spice. Malty, complex, and sweet. Some bourbon heat, as well. Medium-bodied, with a syrupy, chewy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Sweet and very, very woody. Huge improvement over the regular version, which I think is just decent.
jckp64 (347) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a light white head. Aroma is caramel malts, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, tons of caramel malts and a bit of oak. Light bodied and light carbonation. Pretty good beer overall.
crosamich (430) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
interesting, tasty spicy barrel character here. nice body, easy drinking. I could put this bottle down all myself.