Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark red, small tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a little vanilla, and bourbon (feintly). Flavor is sweet, malt and bourbon, a little hop kick towards the end. I liked the tap version a lot more.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a dark brown w/ a thick tall off white head that laces well. smells of a big roasted carmel malt touches of sweet fruitiness and a hint of whiskeyness. Palate is ok fairly light bodied though. flavor is a touch bitter then a weak carmel and spoiled fruit maltines. Overall some good stuff but I hear its much better on tap.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy brown, decent head. Toasty caramel, sweet dried fruit, and a little bourbon in the aroma. Flavors are similar; caramel sweetness with an identifiable bourbon element. Reasonable bitterness. Lush mouthfeel. Wasnít expecting much, but Iím impressed.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy and medium brown with little head. Tart caramel aroma. Decent body with a clean finish and some lingering bitterness. Somewhat straight ahead in flavor, with caramel dominating and vanilla and not nuttiness. I donít get any bourbon.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 Pours a cola brown color, slightly red and cloudy. Smells of bourbon and raisin, tastes similar. Other flavors are a very smooth, faintly nutty, malt and burnt sugar. Pretty tastey actually, not as rough as I expected, a great beer!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fair amount of vanilla in the aroma at first then picks up with some topping of roasted malts, coatings of cocoa, and notes of boubony sweetenss.
Hazy murked cherrywood rusted brown with a thin platnium blonde cap that lifts off quickly. Moderate lacing in thick strings.
Nice subtle taster opening with chocolate bread, soft and smooth all over, caramel gets squeezed through, light velvety roast and hazelnut adorns parts of middle and close to the finish where vanilla and boubon sweetness intertwine and fades off with amazing gradual caramel leftovers. Very slight warmth blends at the finish while the sweetness takes hold late. Quite nice. Nothing abtrusive here, very mellowing, subtle, yet actively flavorful.
Medium body, creamy, smooth, partially thin in the front but picks up enough gumption during the middle and finishes well with lots of subtle sweetness and lightly blended bourbon heat.
The overall smoothness makes for some very easy drinkiní. Its a darn nice brown ale with some bite. This beer helps make Tyranena a big time contender for top Wisconsin brewery in my book of ísconnyí breweries.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Seems that bourbon barrels must be in high supply right now (probably just the fad) as this is the second review of a bourbon barrel aged beer. Good taste, and decent smell but not woth searching for.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty, toasty malt aroma. Not getting much bourbon in the nose. Brownish, amber color. Fizzy carbonation, tan head forms than dissipates quickly. Nice malty profile and an immediate smoky, bourbon taste pops up. Now this is not an overpowering, dominating bourbon taste, as is present in some bourbon barrell aged beers Iíve had over the last couple of years. This is subtle, knows itís place and works well. The hops play a small but vital part in the end and finish. But in the end this is about the malt and the smoky bourbon notes. Nice beer. I was expecting an overpowing bourbon flavored beer, but was pleasantly surprised by the subtlety of the bourbon. Nicely done.
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 Rockyís at Tyranena in June 2006. The bourbon was more prevalent in this go-around than previous bottles and draft samples that Iíve had the pleasure of drinking. Nevertheless, letís 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.) Iím 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 (3757) - 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.