thome50 (769) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with billowy white head. Aroma is an awesome Christmas tree sap and needles. Really unique and interesting considering the style. Taste is smooth caramel, some vanilla, malt, sugar. Overall, this bottle wasnít infected as some have suspected. Aroma was the best part but was unique to the style. Didnít really taste the barrel.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge bourbon notes from this beer. I was not expecting this beer to be what it was. Wonderful amounts of toffee and caramel that follow suit with the bourbon. Wish I hadnít dropped my other bottle of this on my way out, HUGE waste...
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is really nice - honey, a bit flowery, some whiskey. Taste isnít quite as nice as the nose. Feel and taste are a bit thin. Bourbon, honey malt, some bourbon. Excellent, but not quite as nice as the buffalo bock.
maximum12 (21) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012 On tap at the February 23rd release at Town Hall in a 10 oz. goblet.
Pour is a light, breezy orange/yellow hybrid, very still & quiet. Nose is a slipdash of bourbon, mild sweetness.
Tumaltuous Rare is in rarefied company during the barrel-aged week & doesnít quite live up to its storied brethren of years past. Big bundle of sweet malts, distant caramel, & a big dose of barrel sum this one up; it does get better as it warms, simple but tasty. As with every beer this week, though, ridiculously easy to sip.
Clearly in the minority of homers around the bar (they all found it orgasmic), I found this to be a good, solid effort; love to see more barrel-aged wheatwines in the future. Good beer.