TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of The_Enemy. This beer pours to a beautiful, deep caramel to brown color, with a thick, creamy, off white head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting, with aromas of sweet malt, nuts, light toast, and hints of vanilla. The palate is soft, with good flavors of sweet malt, nuts, and light hints of vanilla and oak. This beer finishes with more good flavors of malt, and nut flavor, then ends with hints of oak and vanilla that linger. A portion of bourbon barrel aged beer is blended with this brown ale, and that gives this beer nice bourbon flavors of oak and vanilla . Very tasty, very enjoyable beer. This one would work well with deserts, or make a great beer to enjoy after a nice meal.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Bottle. Pours light brown in color with a nice tan head. I found it to be a medium bodied beer with a nice smooth finish. It has a good balance of bourbon and roasted taste. There seems to be a bit of a coffee, caramel flavor as well. This was a good brown ale that I enjoyed and will certainly drink again.
Kevin (2098) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 9, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Continuing with the ongoing barrel aged saga is a dark red pour with a truly heroic white head that does not wish to subside at all and when it is forced to leaves a pretty lacing behind. I have to say I am pleased to see a nice thick head on a barrel-aged beer. There is a touch of bourbon in the nose along with some cherry and wood and a touch of something nutty, pecan maybe? Yep, it taste like a bourbon all right, that is what dried my tongue out and caused me to lean back for a moment to regroup. Cotton candy like flavor mixes with the booze here in a not completely harmonious way. Grape and oak tangle their way into the picture to. A gummy finish to this. This reminds me of buffalo trace bourbon. I like buffalo trace, but Iím not sure about this beer. A bit of burnt caramel here that is disconcerting. It is strange, there are a lot of good flavors here, but combined they do not make a tasty beverage. There is the sweet nut flavor, the cotton candy, the smooth bourbon flavor with itís woody magnificence, the bubble gum finish, but combined it is just not to my liking. Itís not bad, just not right somehow
Ap-5 ar-7 tas-4 pal-2 ov-9
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Hopdog for this bottle. Pours deep amber rather than brown with a thin lasting head and good lace. Aroma is initially light bourbony, with hints of oak and earth, then gives way to nutty and caramel malts. Light smoke is noticed in the aroma as well. Light roasted flavor, more nuts and finishes with a light bourbon aftertaste. For a lighter beer style to be aged in bourbon I was expecting the bourbon to take over the aromas and flavors but it actually goes pretty well in this beer. Finishes very smooth and clean, but leaves a nice aftertaste.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of The_Enemey
A bourbon barrel aged brown ale...hehe ohh yeah!
Aroma was mostly just a sweet malty affair with a bit of nuttiness and the barest whiff of wood and bourbon. Light brown/red in color with a thin white film of a head. Fore is low intensity sweet malts, light nuttiness and little else. The finish is all watery bourbon and wood. Not much in the way of range, but not bad tasting and I usually donít like bourbon.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bonus bottle from The_Enemy.
I enjoyed this beer, though it seemed more like a dopplebock than an ale to me (just shows how undeveloped my palate is). The aroma was quite faint, with something unidentifiable. Maybe it was the bourbon, but it wasnít pronounced enough to be enjoyable if thatís what it was. The flavor was malty and subtle. I would drink this again.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(01.21.06) On tap at the Horse & Plow, Kohler, WI. Clear bourbon barrel aged brown ale having an average off-white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Faint malt aroma. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and hop flavor. Finishes dry. No discernable bourbon flavor. A good drinkable ale.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice brown color with a small head.Nice hints of bourbon(but not overpowering)Im not a big bourbon fan,but am starting to enjoy it!Nice hints of malt too,not bad.
Pailhead (5039) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Courtesy of The_Enemy via a bonus box. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, bourbon, and roasted nuts. Pours a transparent garnet with a small off-white head that quickly fades to ring. Light caramel up front. Finishes with a moderate roasty nuttiness and chocolate, with some light notes of bourbon. Iím not a big fan of the nutty and bourbon combintation. I like bourbon aged beers and Iím not gerenally a fan of brown ales, but Iím guessing I would like this brown ale better without the bourbon.
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a hint of orange. Tastes of oak and toffee. It might be a bit thin but it is still enjoyable.