Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Rating #150. Deep dark amber with a little bit of haze and a real thick beige head that left some real nice lacing. I want say it smells like wet dog, but that probably because my dog is wet and sittling on my lap, actually it has a light carmalized malt aroma with a little oxidization, but very little barrel character, there is a little wood in there though. Sweet malts and a bit more wood than the aroma, nice bitterness in the finish that left a nice aftertaste behind. Good stuff. (1689)
JohnnyJ (4559) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark copper pour, large caramel colored head. Caramel malt, brown sugar, some dried fruit, alcohol, bitter hops, and subdued barrel aging notes (bourbon, vanilla, oak). Not only was the beer boozy and sharply bitter, but the carbonation was also too high, almost fizzy. Not a bad beer really, but certainly not the best attempt.
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz, bottled 4/1/10. Deep brown with a pocked beige head. Nose is caramel, oak, bourbon and grass. Chewy medium body with a lively tingle. Taste is caramel, orange peel, grass and pine. Finishes dry with bourbon. Well executed but kind of predictable.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber with thin off-white head. Nose of caramel, booze, raisins, butterscotch, and more booze. Dark dried fruits abound in taste, but itís hard to get to them through the booziness. A little too abrasive for me. Possibly some time will do this beer well, but I wonít wait around to find out.
SSSteve (3835) - - APR 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle. clear amber under a large, foamy, beige head. aroma is sweet with some plum and hops. an american barley wine with a good dose of hops. others flavors of vanilla, dried pineapple and a little chocolate. palate is smooth for the abv. full body. a fantastic complex BW! on par with some of the best american styles.
gringo332 (549) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark ruddy copper with a five finger beige tan head thatís creamy and bubbles like a pancake on the gridddle. Aromas of bourbon, darkish fruit and something like citric hop. Med body.
skortila (4631) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Tasting @ De Molen Warehouse. The aroma has raisins/dried fruits, some caramel, hint of bourbon. Clear, dark brown coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is bitter, bit sweet, has caramel, some plum, raisin. Good body. Nice!
trevor211 (1339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, ruddy brown, with a somewhat-soapy beige head. Big aroma - hugely pungent, with the right amount of bourbon. Lots of dry oak, not really much vanilla, but lots of dried fruits - apricots and prunes. Itís hot. Alcohol makes itself known in a big way, although it becomes better covered after it warms a bit. Develops some citrus rind / grapefruit hops after showing some caramel, and finishes a bit on the sweet end. Not at all bad, but it needs to sit and mellow out for a while.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up at Total Wine and shared at a recent tasting. Served in a tulip glass.
Pours a moderate dark brown color with some spotty lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose brings some bourbon with a bit of sweetness and some mild caramel. Taste is smooth bourbon along with a slight bit of chocolate and a medium body. There is a slight booziness there and the beer finishes with a slight astringency. Drinkability is decent enough. The bourbon character from the barrel is pretty good, though at the same time I think the base beer could probably use a bit of work.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2010
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not what I was hoping for from a brewery that Iíve come to respect. Big boys nose of bourbon booze. I found the flavors to be very disconnected in the sense that every thing stood out too much. Bourbon at war with caramel at war with brown sugar at war with vanilla at war with my tongue. Give me balance or give me a ginger beard and a barrel to float in.