Aubrey (3482) - 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.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, courtesy Doodler. Pours a mostly clear, deep blood red to crimson color. A moderate head of smooth, spongy, khaki colored foam settles to a lasting 1mm layer, tall edges leading into thick walls of foamy lace. The nose is based in sweet dark fruits and brown sugar, suggesting raisins, fresh red grapes, and chestnuts. Darkened toffee and toasty-sweet cereal grains are subtly kissed with bourbon and oak. Flavors follow suit, sweet and syrupy for the most part, loaded with dark brown sugar, glazed chestnuts, and pecans. There might be a little maple in there as well. Bourbon comes across mostly as caramel and oak, as it is not that boozy at all. A very light green hoppiness emerges at one point, before moving towards a largely sweet, concentrated, fig and raisin finish. The palate sports a medium-full body with above average carbonation activity and a weighty, sugar-laden finish. It feels much more hefty than its sub-6% ABV would indicate. I don’t know....it’s decent I guess, but the big sugars just aren’t for me.
beernovice39 (3251) - Montana, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a hazy red/brown with an off white head. Scent is woody with some tart notes. Taste is sour with wood notes. Different.
jandd1983 (3144) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It poured a hazy dark reddish color with a small head. The aroma was of bourbon, vanilla, oak, fruits and some caramel. The flavor was of caramel, oak, light bourbon, light fruits and light vanilla with a crisp lingering bittersweet finish. A very decent Irish Ale.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle, no date. Hazy orange copper with a small beige head, fair retention. Aroma of old bourbon and some vegetal notes, light tang as well as some caramel. Flavor is fairly tangy with some buttery and woody qualities. Bitterness peaked @ a 3 in the dry finish. Light body with light carbonation. Me no like.
TAR (2518) - 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.
dnstone (2360) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vanilla whiskey barrel arroma. Amber color. Tastes like its description; a bit intense on the whiskey. Definately a new take on the red ale.
It was called "Reilly’s Oak Whiskey Red" at the brewery.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle @ redlight redlight. Oak and cherries on the nose with vanilla and caramel malts. Pours a dark red amber with a little to no head. Oak and vanilla with a dry tartness, malty with dark fruit and oak and vanilla in the flavor. Very fruity with a hint of tartness. Finishes very dry.
craftbeerdesign (2243) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours a very deep red with a 1 finger off white head. sweet bourbon nose - after the beer warms, the nose pulls together better allowing the barrel notes to come out more with the darker fruit tones falling back. medium body - very tart for a bourbon barrel aged beer - cloyingly sweet. the barrel notes fall off and the sweet dark fruits stand out too much. this carries into the finish, where the residual sugars are too high and the barrel notes are lost with only a touch of vanilla lingering out of the fruit and sugars.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottled. Hazy and brown coloured with a small head. Not very balanced with notes of chocolate, citrus, oak and bourbon.