StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 On tap at Tyranena, March 2005 and June 2006.
This rerate and proclamation generally stems from the blessed, freshly tapped batch of Rocky’s at Tyranena in June 2006. The bourbon was more prevalent in this go-around than previous bottles and draft samples that I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. Nevertheless, let’s get down to it...
Translucent caramel-mahogany in color with a slight ruby hint and a well-retained creamy grayish-white head. Aroma speaks of bourbon, rye, chocolatey caramels and bourbon-infused pecan pie (which has me thinking about a recipe for a Hop Luck dinner.) I’m absolutely loving life right now. Some caramel cola traits and a toasted hazelnut visage grace the nose on the backend. Flavor resonates with a highly palatable bourbon-oak and dusted chocolate bark motif. Caramel lures as chocolatey toffee goes in for the kill, trailing out like Jim Beam flavored cheesecake, avec chocolate & caramel ripples and an ever toasty graham cracker crust. Medium-to-fuller bodied with a supportive hazelnut trait and a nutty toffee drizzled pecans surge. Irish cream liquor gives off a perfectly balanced iced cappuccino character at times, and the carbonation is perfect on this brown ale. Toasty roastedness trails into chocolate and bourbon heaven. The mildly hopped, chocolate-nut base is never neglected and supplies a signature trademark in the finish as the palate reminisces.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color out of the bottle with a thin beige head. Malty sweetness with hints of the bourbon barrel in the nose. You can really sense the barrel in both the flavor and the exhale. It adds a smooth buttery feel to the palate. Flavors of bourbon, dark caramel, butterscotch, dark fruit, with lots of water. This beer has certain strengths of flavor, and overall is a good beer, but there is a predominate thinness to it that stops it from being a great beer.
erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample from Woddman’s in LaCrosse. The bourbon barrel aging on the package caught my eye. Upon further inspection I was a little disappointed to find out this was a brown ale which is by far not my favorite.
I was pleasnatly surprised. The aging leaves a slight edge in the finish of the beer. This is nothing like Pete’s Wicked. I would highly recommend this unique brew. E.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly reddish brown color, with a thin head. Slightly smoky scent. Sweeter than I would’ve expected. Nothing more than an average beer.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First "bourbon barrel" beer I’ve ever tried. Nice bourbon-y aroma. Pours a medium amber with reddish tint. Clear as the proverbial bell. Nice, initial tan head that disappears fairly soon. Initial taste is nut-brown with a vanilla background. But suddenly there’s a surprising kick of bourbon flavor coming through after a second or two. Wow, that’s fun! Creamy palate with "just right" carbonation. This stuff is quite alright.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a growler from Phil. Thanks, Buddy. Pours a dark brown/orange. Adequate beige head. Some smoke, brown sugar, vanilla, malt, and a nice oaked bourbon hint. SMooth and full in the mouth. Mild carbonation. Good flavor. Hint of sweetness and smokiness and a highlight of oaked bourbon that was very subtle but added to the taste. Good stuff.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent amber color...thin & quickly diminishing white head. Carmel & sweet malt aroma dominates the nose. Creamy and slightly carbonated mouthfeel...vanilla and hazelnut flavors with an underlying warm carmel bourbon flavor.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-purchased at Woodmans in Madison, WI. pours a deep amber hue with a small white head and good lacing from the start. Sweet aroma of salted cashews, honey rosted peanuts, and a very slight bourbon note. fairly light body, but good enough to be in the top of most brown ales. The bourbon flavor comes out more as the beer warms over the nice nuttyness and toffee flavors this beer posesses. This beer was slightly oxidized in the finish. Still, a decent brown ale after all is said.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 1/6/2005
Bottle. Aroma was of nuts and bourbon. Smelled nice on the pour. Appearance is a dark brown color. It has a thin, lacy head. The palate was smooth and carbonated. Given that this is a brown ale, I think that this is the best I’ve ever had in this style. Tasted of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, ??? I find it really hard to pick the ingredients out on this one. They blend so nicely. Not overly complex, but well mixed.
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Sampled on tap at Tyranena. Pours to a clear mahogany body with a thin white head. A glowing body. The flavor is wonderful. Iced tea, oak barrels, bourbon, smooth roasted malts. American hops (think APA). Light nuttiness. The aroma is also smooth and APA-like with an iced tea and bourbon barrel touch. The palate is medium full bodied and smooth.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bourbon barrel brown, eh? About time, I’ve had it with the whiskey-fied stouts and barleywines...feh! Time for a change!
Clear, bright red/nearly brown color, with a slim, fuzzy tannish head.
Nose shows the whiskey right off the bat, rustic, leathery, roasted nuts, fermented fruits,oak and vanilla, slick, wicked, delicious, and deep.
Poweful mouthfeel, smooth and substantial, but overly felt. Feels rather light, but maintains a significant presence. So, what am I trying to say here? Let’s luxuriate in it for a moment and consider a more cogent summation...
Medium bodied, with a long,fruity, nutty finish...this is exactly what it ought to be, and utterly unique: a light, yet fully flavored, smooth-drinking brown ale, with a whisper of whiskey-ness filling out the edges, and occasionally floating on top.
Certainly the greatest bourbon barrel-aged brown ale named after a legendary lake-dwelling dinosaur, known to man!