MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As a brown ale, itís, well, brown. Nose has lots of bourbon notes with the typical whisky/vanilla notes. Bit earthy, some peat. Flavor is sweet, caramel with some chocolate notes, bourbon character fits well with the brown ale. Nothing really spectacular about it, but at least itís not another crappy imperial stout in a bourbon barrel.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
TITW Part Deux - Thanks Monger. Brown, thin white head. Nose was decent with deep caramel tones, vanilla and bourbon notes, with underlying chocolate and oak tones. Had some plastic notes too which I had trouble getting past. Nobody else had it, so probably just me. Flavor was well balanced with all the above incorporated, minus the plastic thankfully. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, soft sweet finish. A nice beer which I would love another shot at...
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... TITW Part Deux... Clear, deep amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Black tea, bourbon, caramel and vanilla in the nose. The flavor is all about chocolate, toasted nuts and vanilla. Medium to full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. Finishes sweet and chocolaty with "just enough" bourbon. Best brown ale Iíve had in a very long time. A shout goes out to Monger for sending the bottle!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz courtesy of Monger. Thanks, James! Pours a dark brown with a reddish center; light tan head with good retention. Plenty of toasty vanilla and sweet bourbon in the aroma. A brown ale seems like a fine backdrop for light barrel-aging, and itís done well here: light, biscuity core with whisky, roasted malts, and vanilla; a slightly medicinal edge; medium finish showing some lingering woodsy notes and citrus hops. A very interesting, satisfying beer. Iíd prefer this to any other brown ale Iíve had.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via trade with Buckybeer! - Thanks Mark! Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and not much head.. Aromas of bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, some vanilla and a little oak..Flavor is vanilla, oak, caramel, light chocolate, and definite bourbon. Palate is light and somewhat on the watery side I think. Mouthfeel seems almost oily and I think that takes away a little from an otherwise pretty solid brew.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 0z bottle via Buckyboy(thanks!). Pours a clear dark reddish brown. Nice spicey aroma with notes of pepper, cinnamon, chocolate, and strawberries. Taste is the same with some added alcohol, oak/wood. Not really my thing though...
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle from footbalm)brownish/deep red body with a small ring around the glass head.nice balanced aroma of cookie dough,brown sugar,vanilla,and caramel malts.flavor was a mix of the aroma with a slight oak finish.mouthfeel was on the meium side and the palte was long lasting.pretty damn good stuff i must say.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to buckybeer fot hsi vastly underrated treasure! Pours dark brown with 1-finger tan head. Huge aroma of oaky bourbon, brown sugar, caramel malt, some vinous fruit, almonds, and scotch. Tastes oaky and bourbony at first, with the mid-palate caramel malt, brown sugar, figs, almonds, and ovaltine hitting the palate. Nice hefty palate and complex flavor. Please get me some more of this!
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bonus beer courtesy of Styles in a recent exchange. I like brown ales and I like bourbon aged beers as well, but this one didnít quite live up to my expectation. aroma is mild bourbon & vanilla with some caramel. flavors are more of the same but seem muted. I like it, just expected a bit more.
BBB63 (6557) - 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.