fidelis83 (2212) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown pour with a one finger, soapy to creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate, nutty notes, caramel, toffee and light woody bourbon. Flavor is pretty toffee heavy up front with some oaky vanilla coming in soon after then toasty chocolate, toasted nuts, nice deep cereal notes and earthy hops and a little booziness to the finish. Medium body with a creamy to oily entry, light, blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation and an off dry finish with a slightly boozy, off dry finish with a light phenol pucker.
Bacterial (2364) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown in color with a slight head. Served to me in a frosted glass. On the plus side, I can get nice draft beer in Terminal 2 of the MSP airport from Surdyk’s Flights. On the minus side A FUCKING FROSTED GLASS WTF?! SAVE THAT SHIT FOR THE MILLER LIGHT BULLSHIT! Ok now back to the beer. Nice malty nose. Slight bourbon flavor, really complementing the malt character and a hint of booze on the finish. Quite nice.
Weevo (90) - Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, brown pour with white head. Chocolate and malts to nose. Chocolate vanilla bourbon taste. ABV 5.7% IBU 30
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Beerman6686 (5480) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one poured a muddy lighter brown with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel, toast, light bourbon but not much else. Flavor was similar, malty and sweet caramel with hardly any barrel character.
gopherfan99 (983) - CROATIA - APR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour (Happy Gnome Beer Dinner) brown with a white head, bourbon taste with notes of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla, decent and worth a try.
NotoriousJ (39) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Why didn't they put the whole batch in bourbon barrels? Haha not enough bourbon for me but the notes were nice. Definitely picked up vanila and some walnut.
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joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from the Secret Santa trade. It pours a very dark orange/brown color with a nice orangy head. The aroma is subdued with nice toasted malt, lots of nuts and mild cocoa. The flavor is much more intense with toasted/nutty malts and medium level spicy, earthy hop flavor and bitterness. Only a slight hint of bourbon in the finish, which is very nice. The nuttiness, earthy hop and mild bourbon flavor make this a really nice brown.
ARH (911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2015 12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. A mostly woody, with a little toffee aroma comes off the initial pouring accompanied by a moderate old wet sponge smell. Once it settles down a bit, the aroma is a mostly sweet, candy malt with some roasted nuts and a mild berry. The dark caramel brown is crystal clear with a fluffy egg-shell colored head; a decent amount of which sticks around a leaves a moderate amount of a thin lace layer. A medium level of sweetness combines with a medium light bitterness on the tongue; very mild overall. The light, oily texture has a medium, mostly caramel flavored body with some light notes of chocolate and caramel - maybe even a hint of coffee in there. The spicy bourbon shows up a bit more at the finish with a cooked brown sugar and an ever-so-faint touch of alcohol warmth. Near the end of the drink, some nuts, toasted bread, and even some dark berry flavors start to show up at the finish. The aftertaste sticks around for a moderate amount of time and is peanut butter and pine. As a session beer, this one is quite complex
Niko100 (2326) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted caramel malt, vanilla, & bourbon; Flavor of slight sweet malt, oak, caramel/toffee, hops, and some dark fruit; Nice brown ale.
kaser (4333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very Carmel and sweet taste. Bourbon heavy. Wow. Choker. Had this on draft at Pour House.