mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bonus bottle from the man, BlackForestCO. First off, I’m rating this beer under extreme duress, as Jake threatened to beat up my kid if I didn’t rate a beer from him tonight, so that will probably make me more critical of this poor beer than I should be. Pours a hazy ruby burgundy color with a towering fluffy off-white head, excellent lacing and retention. Aroma has some spicy wood, licorice, ripe fruits, and whiskey. The flavor follows with more oak, mild dark fruit, melon, and a bit of cola, but doesn’t keep pace with the aroma. Not bad, and glad for the chance to try, thanks Jake!
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to Mentor. Pours a cloudy, brownish red with a huge, tan head. Head was so big I had to wait and re-pour a couple times to get it in the glass. Nose was of oak and whiskey. Taste was of roasted malt, whiskey and vanilla. Mouthfeel was medium-thin with a slight hop bitterness and fairly carbonated. Not bad as a session brew.
Ungstrup (32161) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. A hazy dark amber beer with a thick lazing orangey head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of bourbon, wood, and over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of strong notes of bourbon and over ripe fruits. The body is thin.
Beaver (1546) - 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 (1864) - Fort Collins, 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 (3508) - 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 (12126) - 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 (7133) - 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.