hopdog (8773) - 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.
Sammy (8354) - 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.
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2010 Sample at the Beer ’N Rock Band tasting on 08/27/2010: The beer is a clear reddish-amber color with a thick and fluffy beige head that burns away slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Caramel malt aroma with a bit of oak. Medium body with flavors of sweet malt and caramel, mild hops and a hint of bourbon. The finish is malty with a lingering sweetness left over. Decent beer overall.
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.
Ernest (6143) - 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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, your fucking kidding me this won GOLD in GABF07 Barrel Aged beers! What the fuck was the competition? Oak aged woodchuck?!?! Pours an amber red body with a tan head. A thin watery oak vanilla and light bourbon body with over ripe fruit and a bitter finish. Eh its okay but undeserving of its accomplishments...
PorterPounder (5341) - 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.
Strykzone (4782) - 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 (4765) - 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.
JaBier (4730) - 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.