Sammy (10680) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seasonal just put on at brewery’s tasting room. Sour mash bourbon so getting that sourness from the abrrel. A hoppy red. Not a bad one.
adnielsen (10424) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap @ Twisted Pine. Pours a reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Sweet caramel, a bit fruity, apple aroma. Fairly sweet, caramel, toffee, herbal flavor. Blah.
DJMonarch (9177) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Stillage at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 25/09/2009
Slight oak aroma. Amber coloured with some alcohol present. Oaked with a crisp and dry lasting malt finish.
Ernest (7164) - 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.
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.
nimbleprop (7006) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at GABF. Pours a translucent, brick red with some off white head. Malty aroma, whiskey, vanilla. Flavor is watered down vanilla, malt, caramel. Watery, thin finish. Wanted more.
PorterPounder (6986) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Very dark copper pour, very slight off white bubbly head. Aroma has some phenol notes and a hint of whiskey. Flavor is cloyingly sweet with with some cheap sweet whiskey notes, some phenols, a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Methinks tis is suffering from exposure to the sun - definitely not shelf life as this just came into the store. Will try again sometime to make sure.
JaBier (6503) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Clear red pour with a huge tan head. Caramel malt nose with a hint of cherry along with some oaky vanilla. Flavor starts with oaky vanilla, then becomes fruit before a bit of hop at the end. Aside from a thin and weak finish, pretty solid brew.
Strykzone (6223) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very hazy and deep red and brown color looks cool. A smallish tan head. I wish the aroma were bigger but it offers whiskey and wood. The flavor has all kinds of stuff going on but it doesn’t work together all that well. Sourness, chocolate, rye, prunes, toffee, wood, and bourbon. Even though it is very flavorful and complex, I am not a fan.
notalush (5645) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not every beer fares well when aged in a bourbon barrel - take this one, for example - the base beer is not burly enough to stand up to several months in the barrel - as a result, we get a lot of barrel and bourbon, but not a whole lot of the beer - there is no interplay between the base beer and the barrel - however, the fact that the base beer is a session beer makes it so there is none of the usual booziness that you might associate with a bourbon-aged beer - so there are some good aspects, there is just too much barrel in this.