Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a fine off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet sugary caramel malts, cola, dark fruits and bourbon.
The flavor is pretty subdued - sweet caramel malts and cola with a touch of harsh bitter alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, not that great. It’s a bit of a mish mash with some harsh alcohol that I don’t care for.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Autumn color. Full long lasting foam. Aroma has different dimensions. Notes of bourbon with vanilla and oak as well as a lot of tropical fruit notes from the hops. Oak whiskey flavor of vanilla and whiskey. Very light texture. Hardly any malt characteristics. Tropical fruit hoppiness, which blends decently with the barrel aging. Very watery texture. Not very flavorful or complex. I don’t see how this could achieve the accolades it did.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark crimson color with a fairly small, beige, pillowy head; it is mostly diminishing and leaves minimla lace. Nose is simple with lots of vanilla and oak notes followed by buttery cookies, and faint toffee. Flavor is similar with vanilla and oak dominating with lighter notes of bourbon, toasted grain, and faint toffee. Palate is light to medium, lively, and velvety. Finishes average length with vanilla and lingering bourbon and oak. The hop bitterness is basically negated by the barrel notes. The barrel notes dominate every apsect of this one and really hide the base beer. Certainly a drinkable beer, assuming you like oak-aged beers, but nothing I would pursue.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Bottle: Hazy and dark amber with a thin head. Soft and smooth texture. Mild carbonation to boot. Flavors and aromas were quite pleasant (caramel, wood, vanilla, butter cookies, sugared fruit). Sweet whiskey was a nice touch. Bitterness was very mild; I wanted a bit more. Maybe a pinch more alcohol, too.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge vanilla caramel butterscotch nose. Deep reddish orange with small head. Oaky sweetness is very pronounced, slight bitterness for balance--but so rich! Medium carbonation, smooth long bourbony finish, seems higher alcohol than 5.5% ?. A very interesting and tasty oaked beer, the bourbon notes are great, definitely worth trying.
Ratman197 (8493) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a hazy dark reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, fruittiness and carmel. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, oak, light bourbon, light fruittiness and light vanilla with a crisp lingering bittersweet finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2007 GABF: Transparent amber copper with a dense, frothy light tan head. Lightly sweet caramely malty nose has good bourbon oaky character. Body starts fairly full with a light caramely malty sweetness and rich bourbon balance with a hint of butterscotch toward the drier, oaky finish. A pretty nice beer.
hopdog (8241) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Twisted Pine tasting room in Boulder, CO (1/2 pint pour). Poured a deeper orangish color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, caramel, bourbon, and grain. Tastes of whiskey, wood, vanilla, and caramel. Somewhat sugary sweet with a light sour finish. Thinner body.
TAR (2389) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft: Brick red. Dense and sticky off-white cream. Pineapple and bready malt aromas with hints of whiskey, vanilla and caramel. Silky and creamy on the palate, but fairly watery. Slickly fruity esters soften the wood-derived tannins which lightly skim the palate. Bready malts abound, but fail to contribute any textural weight. Bright and succulent hop elements outweigh what little brashness exudes. Plums and bright peach acidity complement the tannins and underline the dainty vanilla sweetness. Vibrant malts prolong the brief but effective caramelized wood sensations. Finishes softly and well-rounded with pulpy peach notes and a balancing kiss of nutty malts. Suffers a bit due to the thinness, but this is delightfully understated, cohesive and well-crafted.
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Bottle.
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of dried mango/papaya, raw wood, vanilla, bourbon.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation.
Delightful tropical fruits in the nose, but kind of ho-hum in the mouth. Not bad.