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...
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sure, it smells like bourbon, but there’s a chemical note in there that reminded me of my childhood somehow - maybe modeling clay. Aroma also reminds me of grape soda. Cloudy dark red, fair label, squat US potato-masher micro bottle. Tangy, moderately sweet, artificial froot flavors - like grape Now & Laters, not very bitter, moderately astringent. Didn’t love it.
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is sweet with caramel, toasted oak, bourbon, and a touch of sourness. The appearance is medium red brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with both yummy caramel-bourbon and nasty sourness. The palate is OK. Overall a real enigma I don’t know if it has quality issues or just a bad mix.
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours hazy dark brown color with a moderate off-white head. Nose is odd - once I read the deScription, I see why. The toffee and bourbon really come through, especially the toffee. Bourbon really comes through in the taste, but little else does. Not my type of beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from my Colorado connection - thanks, Prof! Can’t say I’m at all a fan of the style, but TP managed to do something at least a bit distinctive. Deep copper pour, with minimal carbonation and more than sediment: actual chunks, yo! That’s earthy. Sharp nose, almost astringent, surprising if the beer has actually been aged for the full year. Mild tartness in the flavor, toffee malts beneath, but overall way too sharp and barrel-heavy.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of whiskey, grains, caramel and mild bready malt. Taste is a bit rough, doesn’t come across too well. Sour whiskey, caramel, light vanilla and oak and notes of fruit. Meh.
Nekronos (3849) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice in flavour, in aroma too. Very heavy in features but ver good brewed this one.
Headbanger (3578) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle Label says Reilly’s Oak Whiskey Red 5/27/09 (Courtesy of RSRIZZO)-Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Taste of oak, vanilla, little sourness, and slight bourbon. This light bodied brew is not bad wish it had more bourbon and it is not very well balanced. Not bad.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at brewery during GABF 2009, listed as Reilley’s Oak Whiskey Red.
Pours an aroma of weak, watered-down bottom-shelf whiskey with a body of deep amber. Flavor is raisin vomit (yes, raisins can puke) and bottom-shelf whiskey. Watery mouthfeel. Hopefully, Reilley killed himself.
Aubrey (3501) - 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.