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 (2723) - 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.
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bodega in La Crosse. Dark amber/brown color with a medium off-white head. Good lacing throughout. Aroma of bourbon, malt and nuts. Medium body with an earthy texture, and the bourbon aging is apparent throughout. Malty, nutty flavors as well. The finish is nutty also with a light alcohol burn left behind. Good all around.
TheBeerLover (1026) - 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.