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 drinkin’. 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 ’sconny’ 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 I’ve had over the last couple of years. This is subtle, knows it’s 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 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 (3679) - 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.