railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap sweet with caramel overtones ,smell was awesome not over bourbon done very tasty .CHEERS!
andyhwcinc (1711) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2010 I tried this while mooching off of a friendsí friends co-worker while waiting in line at Dark Lord Day 2010. Aroma wise, this is the best beer I have ever smelled. Its like a euphoria of caramel and candy. Its pretty much black with a small tan head. Taste wise, this is relatively light in comparison to other bourbon barrel ales Iíve tried, rather sweet but very well balanced. I really hope to try this again, but if not Iíll always have this memory of one of the best beers Iíve ever had.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the pub. Lovely. Great bourbon flavor really makes the difference. Found it very smooth - barrel aging made a difference. Wish I could get more.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
íoff draftí, tested next to a bottle of the original. pours a thick brown, slightly darker than the original, head is a lil smaller with less retention. smell is a lot better, very sweet, first thing to mind is banana bread. lots of molasses in the aroma and flavor. def a bit more complex, as both the palo and the oak are detectable in this brew, though it is subtle considering the sweetness, it is def a very nice wood and booze profile imho. the beer has lost what little bitterness it did have, replaced by more slick sweetness, but it is still better considering the more complex profile overall. if this was balanced and bittered it could be a home run considering the unique barrel process and end result. not bad, glad i got to try it.
now, after several small tests, mixing 1/3 ba and 2/3 regular adds a nice sweet and complex note while retaining at least some bitterness. would bump it up by 0.2-0.3 points if this were the actual beer but i am not gonna rate my ghettofablend.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A kind soul sent me some of this. You know who you are!! Brown pour. Aroma is really all over the place. Rootbeer barrel candies, caramel, tea, vanilla, bourbon, wood. Flavor is sweet and weird. Boozey, rootbeer flavor, artificial sweetener. Hard to put a finger on this. One sip it was really fun, then the next it wasnít so fun. Oddball brew.
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a very dark brown with tan head. Aroma is very strong bourbon. Some oak, some cocoa, and lots of whiskey. Flavor is strong whiskey, oak, a bit of earth. Light chocolate, some vanilla. I agree that the beer is pretty shockingly boozy and thin. Really felt it about half way through the beer. I like it, and itís better than the original Popskull, but itís nothing I would flip out about if I saw on tap again. Not the best BA beer from Three Floyds but still cool to try.
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Pours a very dark near opaque brown, dark with a decent light brown head that dies to a small ring, film lacing. Aromas are a hefty dose of brown malts, Bourbon spirits, wet oak, vanilla tannins, cocoa, brown malts, a touch of nuttiness, sticky sweet caramel and toffee come in fairly big. Initial is a big dose of bourbon, chocolate beneath, a bit thinner bodied than expected, very warming alcohol on the palate. A big blast of cocoa, brown earthy sweet malts, vanilla tannins, a strong bourbon presence magnified by the thinness / inability of this beer to hold barrel. Over boozed, finishes warm, cocoa, and boozy. A bit of a mess from the barrel aged archives of Three Floyds. Pretty strong bitterness, slight almost lactic quality.. Interesting. Not a fan overall. Donít get me wrong, there are some solid flavors in there and a decent balance when the ABV content is not considered. But, Iím just not that into it. Fairly thinned out and boozy overall, profound bitter finish. Itís ok, once you get past the ABV to body ratio.