trevor211 (1408) - 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 (5016) - , 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.
Travlr (15613) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown, scan tan head. Aroma of caramel and butterscotch. Taste is extremely sweet caramel, vanilla. So dry it turns your cheeks inside out, so be careful.
alexanderj (3405) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a dark auburn color with a medium dark tan head. Aroma of chewy caramel, very ripe fruit, earth, vanilla, with some alcohol and bourbon. Flavor had more roasted, earthy and cocoa notes than expected initially. Caramel is there, but the fruitiness is subdued. Solid, but lacking really great flavor. Expected a bit more.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle thankd to p3t3or for sharing. Pours a very deep mahogany brown with a creamy small light tan head. Aroma of aggressive bourbon, vanilla, woody notes, some coconut and almond with a bit of dark fruits raisins and a touch of citric. Flavor starts sweet and bourbony, very bourbony in fact. Lots of vanilla, some cocoa and some definite woody notes from start to finish, sweet and caramely with the sugary coconut character and a lightly spicy and boozy finish. Medium to medium full body and a soft carbonation. Dammit if I donít love bourbony beer, as a barley wine this might be bland and boring but the bourbon notes really bring it together.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 Bottle with Andrew. Pours a reddish dark brown with tanish foam. Smells musty bourbon and prunes. Tastes of bourbon and oak, with hints of vanilla, currents, and a strong hop finish. As it warms up, the bourbon completely takes over.
bhensonb (12303) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Malt & Vine. Cork popped. 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. First hit is bourbon/vanilla, second is chocolate, then it goes dark malt/fruit, and it finishes a bit sweet, with a light touch of heat, and some citric bitter. Itís really very smooth, and quite fruity. And bourbon all the time. Not one of those super whisky ales, just a well done time in the barrel. Just right.
Svesse (6885) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 9 March 2011) Dark ruby colour with brief, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with caramel, oak wood, dried fruit, bourbon, treacle and hints of vanilla. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, oak wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, treacle, dried fruit, pink grapefruit and vinous hints of warming alcohol in a finish with a generous piney, citric bitterness and a spicy bourbon sweetness. Full body, quite bitter and sweet. Powerful and quite impressive beer. Lovely stuff!
suprchunk (2577) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a copper tint. Small cream-colored head that doesnít stick around. Very brilliant, no sediment. Donít know why I thought there would be. Also not very carbonated like one would be led to believe given the cage and cork on the bottle.
At first it is hoppy, then it is overpowered by a huge maltiness. A decent balance. Raisins, a little woody, a sweet caramel aroma, roastiness - nice.
Sweet maltiness. Nice hop flavor. Caramel. Dark fruit. Nice balance of flavors melded together nicely. Not too much of anything that overwhelms.
This is the only area I get any hint of the bourbon barrel agedness. And that is only a false hint as it is more from the alcohol in the brew giving you a faint hint of this. Nice sweet stickiness left behind after each swallow. As well as a nice bitterness from the huge hop bill (I would assume). Low carbonation giving a pretty good body to it.
Fairly drinkable given the high ABV. But it is winter right now. If it was summer Iím sure I would have to stop at one pint (half bottle-ish). Plus the sweetness would get annoying if it was hot. But this is a great beer, just donít get any of the barrel aged-ness to this at all.