Ratman197 (8516) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, bourbon, light oak, light vanilla and a hint of corn. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of caramel, oak, light bourbon and light vanilla with a crisp lingering caramel finish.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amberish pour, light head. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, some hops, toasted grains. Its ok. I think the barrel notes are good but Im not sold on the base beer being treated this way.
thornecb (3986) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep gold into a shaker. White head with little retention recedes to skim surface. Oak and vanilla aromas. Soft with sour grain and harsh whiskey front to back.
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft at wood n tap, light bourbon notes on a bitter lightly hopped brown ale. It’s ok
BVery (5153) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Hazy orange pour with a full white head. Some wood and bourbon. Very sweet on the taste - a bit too sweet. Decent enough.
jkwood04 (2949) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in a cup. Pours cloudy amber/copper with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of oak and bourbon, some vanilla, light corn, caramel malts, and a little bitterness. Flavor the same with a sort of grape-like flavor in the mix. Average to smooth texture. An interesting beer.
davey101 (567) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml C+C bottle into a tulip glass. Bottom of the bottle showed a layer of cloudy sludge and there was a decent amount of floaties.
A - Pours a somewhat hazy amber body with later pours becoming more and more hazy and sediment rich. Huge fluffy white foam that settles into a solid finger of foam. A swirl generates another massive head. Super sticky lacing and retention. It does look nice.
S - Bright cereal grains, faint apples and a bit of corn sweetness followed by a wave of smooth, buttery bourbon. Oak and vanilla really dominate the end of the aroma. This doesn’t smell like a particularly big beer though, the bourbon is present but the alcohol is not.
T - Sweet cereal grains and the introduction of some caramel malts followed by the bourbon. Butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. The aftertaste is strong on the toffee but quite light. This probably sounds insane, but its like a non-imperial version of Firestone Walker’s Double DBA. Its somewhat rich and sweet but the body is light and highly carbonated. Alcohol adds a touch of heat but its rather tame.
O - I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. The corn grits are definitely noticeable as is the bourbon barrel. This is not a big ’ol barrel aged barleywine or a stout. Instead its a light "strong ale" using an interesting adjunct and stuck into a barrel. Its very tame and approachable and I can honestly see this beer working as an intro to BA craft beers. Its very tasty, but don’t go into it expecting a behemoth because it saw a barrel.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml bottle. Sweet, boozy, cloying with an oaky dry finish. Maybe this one will develop some character. Right now, it is bordering drain pour territory.
johnnnniee (1840) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at ACBF 6/1/2013
Clear light golden color. Sweet corn and bourbon flavor with a solid shot of alcohol warmth. Decent brew, a little different but I enjoyed it.