bager (2120) - 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.
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2011
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 This one just isn’t right. Nose is candied pecans, slight hints of bourbon, and odd funkiness with a bit of a hint of tartness. Taste follows the nose rather closely, slightly sweet and yet definitely off, tart and just kind of off in the finish. Not terrible or undrinkable, but certainly not good.
Thought maybe age would make it better. I was deadly wrong. Even worse.
Bif (1958) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle- Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large tan head that fades to nice lacing. Has the smell of dark fruit sweetness, bit of caramel and a whiskey aroma in the background. Initial tart bite with a sweet whiskey stickiness. There is bitterness throughout with a fairly dry finish. Fairly medium body, smooth but with a boozy feel and aftertaste. Interesting take on an Irish style ale, but didn’t really enjoy.
RSRIZZO (1933) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a deep amber with a slight haze and a very fine sediment. Carbonation is good producing a small tight head. Aroma of coffee and oak with a hint of whiskey in the back. Taste is rich and caramely. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a rich creamy feel. Finish come in sweet with caramel and vanilla then a light hop flavor and mild bitterness. After taste has a slight oak/whiskey flavor rolling across. This is a tasty brew with a full well rounded flavor.
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.
Beaver (1611) - 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.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of santa. Pours a nice reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is caramel, wood, malt and a touch of whiskey. Flavor is caramel, wood, a light sourness, a touch of whiskey. Fairly light bodied for a barrel aged ale but the sourness and whiskey gives it a nice tang. Different than I expected but still quite enjoyable.
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from somewhere. Poured into a snifter at home. Pours a deep reddish brown which was mostly opaque. Very thick pillow head that laced sporadically. Aroma was decent with oak barrel, booze, malts, caramel, dark breads, nuts, and earth. The taste was all over the place however. It was certainly aged in oak whiskey barrels which is cool but the beer that was aging had a lot left to be desired. The malts and hops were not balanced at all. There was a metallic taste, almost alkaline. Medium light in body and not boozy. Really it just had a weird mouth feel, palate, and overall taste. Not my style.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Red with thin tin tan head, Aroma is sugary bourbon sweet, like a bad Manhattan (touch of cherry/grenadine too). Sweet taste begins with a little sourness and a lot of wood. Bitter but pretty wet on tongue throughout. Tartness like an apple ends the beer long and lightly puckering. Really interesting but only pretty good.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a darker reddish amber color with a very small tan head that was gone shortly after the pour. Aroma was oak, vanilla, and whiskey. Smelled real good, then I took the first drink. Meaty, fruits, flavors just didn’t go. Whiskey wasn’t really there, very thin. Below average. And Irish Ale for the style? I don’t think so. Below average.