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 (3386) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
kp’s 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 (1229) - 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 (2789) - 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. Haven’t 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 Dick’s 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 don’t 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.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, no date. Pours a reddish mahogany with a moderate beige head. Definite aroma of bourbon, nuts, and toffee malts. Big bourbon taste, with nuts and toffee in the background. A little bit of alcohol in there too, despite the kinda low alcohol content. Medium-light bodied. Pretty decent brew.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thin,watery and very little flavor in this one.More like a very small portion aged in barrels.Some caramel notes but just a lousy brew.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a small soapy head, lowish carbonation. Nice, light brown sugar and whiskey aroma. Lots of sweet malt and bourbon barrel-associated flavors, but reminded me of whiskey & flat cola.