surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. early 2007 bottle. Pours mostly clear amber with some distinct suspended sediment, starting with about a quarter inch off-white head that quickly dissipates to splotchy coverage and a ring around the edges. Aroma is sweet, slightly peppery with hints of the bourbon (incl. alcohol hotness) coming in on the finish. Flavor follows suite; quite sweet and carmely with some peppery phenolics. There are light woody and bourbony flavors but they are subdued and pleasant. Wood and bourbon aroma and flavors express more as the beer breathes and warms. Moderate body and carbonation gives it a nice full mouthfeel that is tempered by a hotness that burns the palate. Overall, I like this and think it has quite a lot of potential...seems like one that will benefit from fairly long aging to mellow the heat. Style-wise, this strikes me more as a strong old/stock ale (which is just fine by me). Oh, and in the 6-10 ounces I’ve sampled during this review, I definitely feel the alcohol!
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Crisp amber body, with a moderate fluffy head. (3+) Very boozy, woody aroma that has a lovely caramel malt character once you have swirled the glass enough to dissipate the booze. Sweet caramel flavour is contrasted by sharp dry alcohol, but remains fairly sweet overall. Long lingering woody alcoholic barrel aftertaste. Medium palate (3+). My numbers are coming out higher than I actually like it - Weyerbacher please stop ruining your beers in barrels!
Tmoney99 (11697) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Dilly Deli. Poured clear copper with a large off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy complex caramel, bourbon and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. Heavy balanced bourbon flavor with a medium bittersweet and small alcohol burn finish of moderate duration. This is a standout beer.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of bubble gum and spices in the aroma.Pours a medium copper with a medium off white head.Sweet malt,dark fruits and lots of alcohol stand out in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a big sweet alcohol finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark ruby, very small head that disappears in seconds and no lacing. Appearance is bad. Aroma is bourbon, raisins, dark sugar, more darker fruits, caramel. Medium to heavy body, fairly hot. The heat was a little excessive, but the flavors really started to improve as the bottle emptied (and my BAC rose). Initially this was harsh and unforgiving, but near the end it was enjoyable. The sweetness of the bourbon fruity caramel flavors came together well and made me want to keep drinking this. In the end, it was very sweet, very alcoholic and had a pitiful appearance, but was still enjoyable. I felt that this beer coulda scored a 3/5 or a 4/5 easily, so I tried to average it out...
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 pours rusty red with a foamy head that disperses quite fast. smells alcohol, cheese, some wood probably oak from the barrells, almost like a scotch or some sort of whiskey, and vanilla. tastes nutty, with vanilla, lots of alcohol in the finish almost like taking a shot. some bananas in there as well. some dried fruit in the taste. good stuff.
bottle- nose smells intense. some cola, different fruits. berries. taste is vanilla, and coconut, loads of oak and alcohol. this is some hot stuff. thick sticky mouthfeel. some banana maybe from the yeast strain. incredible brew.
coldbrewky (1492) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Yah gotta love a brewery that you can drop by on a Saturday and grab a case at. Many thanks to my father for doing so since I got cornered into going to work instead. Pesky career. Pours a medium dark amber with consistent carbonation with a low head that rings the glass in moments. A bit cloudy thoough The prevailing oakiness in the nose is surpringly mellow in the body. Oily legs settle to ghosts fast. A lot going on in the body. This will probably mellow and sort itself out with some time. Tastes of sweet dates blend with the malty goodness. Alcohol is hidden expertly and is destined to sneak up on you.(rerate note second bottle was a bit harsher with the upfront alcohol). P.S. Pretzles go very well with this beer.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear mahogany color with a small foamy head. Rich aroma, with notes of vanilla, oak and butterscotch. Sweet malts, caramel, light whiskey notes, and some charred/toasted character. Light warming alcohol presence in the finish.
BBB63 (6395) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in my Unibroue tulip: Pours a clean deep coppery brown color with fading head that left a small ring despite heavy carbonation, minimal lacing.
The nose detects a heavy handed oak and bourbon influence over some over ripened dates, hint of clove and white pepper, some juicy fruit bubblegum and a dash of rye like bready character. The beer is also heavy on the sweetness with a combination of simple sugars and caramel malting.
The taste profile starts with equal massive amounts of sugars and rich fruity overtones blasting away at the palate and never easing up one bit. There is a moderate level of spices and a secondary wallop of oaky dryness and bourbon slap down on the very warming finish.
The mouth feel is lush and biting, while the brew is well carbonated, the feel is is sticky sweet. The alcohol finish is brash and in your face. This beer could stand even more aging than I have already done.
An interesting brew that must require an hour to fully develop. Age this one...
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear garnet brown color with minimal head. Aroma of cloves, banana, bubblegum, iron. Flavors of bubblegum, oak, alcohol, sugar. This is really sweet, too sweet even. Mouthfeel is rather light, but feels cloying because of the sweetness. Easy to drink but not my favorite.