talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark crimson color with a fairly small, beige, pillowy head; it is mostly diminishing and leaves minimla lace. Nose is simple with lots of vanilla and oak notes followed by buttery cookies, and faint toffee. Flavor is similar with vanilla and oak dominating with lighter notes of bourbon, toasted grain, and faint toffee. Palate is light to medium, lively, and velvety. Finishes average length with vanilla and lingering bourbon and oak. The hop bitterness is basically negated by the barrel notes. The barrel notes dominate every apsect of this one and really hide the base beer. Certainly a drinkable beer, assuming you like oak-aged beers, but nothing I would pursue.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to Mentor. Pours a cloudy, brownish red with a huge, tan head. Head was so big I had to wait and re-pour a couple times to get it in the glass. Nose was of oak and whiskey. Taste was of roasted malt, whiskey and vanilla. Mouthfeel was medium-thin with a slight hop bitterness and fairly carbonated. Not bad as a session brew.
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice red/brown. Bourbon aroma and taste is not overpowering which is pleasant. There is a nice toffee taste followed by the bourbon warmth.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ brewpub: Fiery red pour with a small, diminishing head. A light whiskey note is evident in both the nose and body, adding an interesting element to the brew. The body also shows notes of wine, molasses, caramel, nut and toasted malts. I wish the body was a little more full, and these flavors were combined a bit more. This shows quite a bit of promise.
Fritz123 (922) - 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.
Nikiel (875) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Advertised as an oak aged Irish red ale. Pours a dark red. Smells and tastes strongly of cinnamon with minimal hops or barely flavors.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bonus bottle from the man, BlackForestCO. First off, I’m rating this beer under extreme duress, as Jake threatened to beat up my kid if I didn’t rate a beer from him tonight, so that will probably make me more critical of this poor beer than I should be. Pours a hazy ruby burgundy color with a towering fluffy off-white head, excellent lacing and retention. Aroma has some spicy wood, licorice, ripe fruits, and whiskey. The flavor follows with more oak, mild dark fruit, melon, and a bit of cola, but doesn’t keep pace with the aroma. Not bad, and glad for the chance to try, thanks Jake!
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge vanilla caramel butterscotch nose. Deep reddish orange with small head. Oaky sweetness is very pronounced, slight bitterness for balance--but so rich! Medium carbonation, smooth long bourbony finish, seems higher alcohol than 5.5% ?. A very interesting and tasty oaked beer, the bourbon notes are great, definitely worth trying.
zoucrew102 (467) - - MAR 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is pleasant with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Pours dark red in color. Hints of vanilla along with bourbon to start then finishes very smooth with a nice warming feeling like a sip of good bourbon.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured brown with reddish tint and a huge head. Aroma was bourbon with malty and grainy notes. The flavor was woody, oxidized, dry and slightly malty with warming alcohol. The flavors are enhanced as the beer warms. The palate is very smooth and fizzy. Overall this is a decent beer with a good presentation and the mellow flavors really intensify as the beer warms.