chinchill (1964) - South Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub in Lexington.
Medium body amd medium to medium-high carbonation seems a tad high.
Clear dark brown with a fine head and decent lacing.
Mild aroma of dark roasted malts and chocolate.
BBL effect is very well done, with both the bourbon and the oak aging rather obvious, but not so strong as to mask the (Smithtown) brown ale base. Dark chocolate appears in the finish and aftertaste.
O: very fine BBL brown. Great balance all around.
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster on tap at the brewery. Mostly clear, dark red, kind of brownish color. Good thin off-white head. Ropes and dots of lace. Awesome vanilla, dark fruit, light caramel aromas. Good chocolate aromas. Moderate sweet taste, moderate bitter. Nice light warmth in the end, but no burn at all. This is labeled 7.5% on the board. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter, kind of soft carbonation. More dry finish. Great long bourbon barrel and brown ale malt finish. Lightly spicy, great vanilla, good dark chocolate notes. Fantastic, un harsh, barrel aged brown ale. So nice.
b3shine (5585) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to snifter at West Sixth. Looks good; a translucent dark mahogany with foamy off-white head that slowly dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes mildly malty with notes of oak and bourbon. Some light vanilla too, along with a bit of cherry as it warms. Nice and smooth on the palate. A nice example of the style.
rondphoto (2088) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber, good ring head, light streaks of lace. Vanilla caramel malt is joined by sweet bourbon overtones. All of it moves smoothly to a clean finish. None of the alcohol warmth usually associated bourbon ales, but still clearly present. This is more like a dessert port, not heavy, good for sipping while enjoying a cigar (or anything sweet). Recommended.
ContemplateBeer (1548) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of predominant vanilla, some oak, nuts and a bit of resin. Appearance is dark red/brown with bone head. Flavor is really almost all bourbon barrel; it’s not a bad flavor, but I wish a bit more of the base brown would shine through. Palate is very creamy and soft. Not a bad beer by any means, and would probably be loved by a bourbon drinker.
kaips1 (72) - Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewery, for a barreled brown ale, this pretty much kills it.
The barrels cone through on the nose really well and it takes a couple whiffs to fully pick the malt from the barrel. The bourbon smells delicious and it’s not intrusive at all, notes of caramel and roast and slight chocolate escape the glass. This beer pours a beautiful dark brown that becomes dark amber on the edges. The head quickly dissipates into very minimal bubble ring. The tastes of very mellow bourbon first engulfs the palate and leads to slight roasty carameleized flavors. At 7% it’s easy to get a little carried away with it, it helps that their is minimal fusel alcohol coming from the barrels. Thi is another good beer coming from a great local brewery.
drfabulous (4055) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at brewery. Bourbon for sure. Big bourbon nose. Some vanilla. Light body. Bit of caramel. Tasty, though I’d like a little more body to it.