BBB63 (6013) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle and served in my Newcastle Brown Ale glass: Poured a deep maple hue with a small frothy and lasting off-white head and left okay lace. The aroma has notes of walnut, toasted malt, cafe latte, vapors of vanilla and wood, as well as a notes of aromatic tobacco and floral hops. The taste is a bit surprising as it presents a strange fruity acidic note over toast with a noticeable dash of booze on the finish. A hodgepodge of flavor profiles which is neither refreshing nor revolting. The mouth feel presents an equally confused state as it is lively enough but a crashing dryness on the finish is honestly unwelcoming. Boozy thin and watery as well. Credit for the effort but it just does not work in a complete form. That said, should you get chance to try this then go for it. See what barrel aging does with lower ABV beers.
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via Styles. Pours a clear light brown colored body under a fizzy one finger light brown head that faded fairly quickly. Aroma doesnít really lead you to believe that there is much bourbon aging going on here. Mostly just some nutty and toasted malt notes, but there is a very light bourbon and vanilla note. The bourbonís in the flavor though. Really kind of a weird taste, you donít expect the dry nutty flavors combined with the oak and bourbon. Reminds me of this bourbon pecans recipe that I make every Christmas. Finish has a touch of vanilla and chocolate with some light alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with fizzy carbonation and a thinnish texture. Overall, this is certainly unique. A nice twist to go with the trendy bourbon barrel aging using a not so trendy and usually boring style.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 Pours a darksih brown with small head. Has a fair amount of carbonation. Has a nice mild bourbon aroma with light coffee and roasted flavors. A good amount of vanilla also comes through as it warms a bit.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pooured a clear brown color with a reddish hue and small off-white head. Big vanilla aroma with notes of bourbon, fruit and some sweet malt trying to poke its head out. Malty flavor with less of the barrel character mainly a thin light caramel.
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
kpís Fest of 26
Clear, dark brown pour, with a fleeting off-white head.
Complex malt aroma with some subdued bourbon notes.
Flavor that follows the aroma. Bourbon is not overpowering in this one.
Not your everyday brown ale though.
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks Jim. 12oz bottle. Served in my NB snifter just a couple minutes out of the beer fridge. Color is deep, dark copper, nearly brown with a short lived off white head. Aroma is typical brown ale, mild chocolate and mild roast. The barrel aroma (bourbon, oak, vanilla) is there, but is in the background-just how I like my barrel-aged aromas. The initial taste is sweet malt, mild chocolate, roast, and brown sugar along with a hint of bourbon that is followed by a rush of tannic oak that seems to overpower the beer. The finish is oak, just oak. I was lured in by the mild barrel aroma, but in the end, the beer is not big enough to stand up to even a small amount of barrel aging. A brown ale is not really a beer I would imagine barrel aging and I see why. Also, this is supposed to be an American Brown, which sometimes adds hop flavor and bitterness to usually bland beers, but this has none of that.
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown appearance. The flavor was somewhat yeasty with a hint of burbon showing through. Mostly nutmeg and caramel present. The finish was rather dry. Overall it was good.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Woody bourbon flavor. Quenchable for a bourbon offering. Havenít heard of bourbon brown ale before and like this over the top reasonably priced offering. Not complicated but if you like bourbon I recommend it. Not as heavy as most bourbon beers which is nice. Some more hops would help this.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Indy tasting Dickís 96th - Aroma of bourbon, oak, and brown ale malts. Pours brown with small head and slight lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is sticky. OK, but I donít think such low profile brews should be bourbon barrel aged.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber, thin off white head. Nose malty and somewhat faint. Taste that of a brown, malts and just a bit of bourbon. Drinkable.