GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I never know what to expect when I open a bottle of another of Weyerbacherís oak aged "reissues". Occasionally, Iím impressed (Heresy is a good example), but occasionally Iím disappointed as was the case here. Hazy yellow with a medium sized but exceptionally creamy off white head with good retention and plenty of lacing. Overwhelmingly sweet aroma of cotton candy and cane sugar with toffee, vanilla and alcohol. I felt as the this beer attacked the back of my toungue with more cloying sweetness as though I was drinking chilled melted candy. No balance whatsoever. Some malt but I had to search for that amid the wash of vanilla syrup. Mouthfeel was also a bit heavy which contributed to the overall sweet profile. This ale is getting some pretty high ratings and it obviously strikes a chord with many here. Unfortunately, itís striking a dissonent chord with me and itíll make me that much more hesitant to open the next barrel aged reincarnation of an existing Weyerbacher beer.
hopscotch (8393) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber... Lightly hazed yellow ale with a small, creamy, white head. The malty-sweet aroma is chock full of vanilla, almond liquer, citrus fruit, cornmeal, butterscotch and fresh sawdust. Rich, malty-sweet flavor is full of vanilla and balanced nicely by hops and drying alcohol. Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Lengthy, alcoholic, dry finish. Good stuff for all seasons, I think. More than worth the slightly spendy price!
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle courtesy of Richlike beer. a very pale lemon yellow with a head of very tight bubbles that faded quickly. this was not quite what I was expecting for a Belgian Strong and I never really tasted any of the barrel aging bourbon and vanilla here either. What I did notice was a very light caramel malt, lemony citrus rind, some yeasty qualities and an almost cider type feel to be fair to the brewer, I havenít had that many Belgian Strong Ales to give a good review. I was just expecting something a bit maltier.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle thanks to richlikebeer! Pours a lightly hazy dark golden bronze with a thin ring of white head with some thin lacing. Aroma is very sweaty with some sweet caramel and plenty of bourbon with hints of Belgian yeastiness. Body starts lightly sweet and malty turning more dry toward a slightly warming finish. There is some light complexity, but I just donít think I enjoy Belgian beers aged in bourbon barrels as the majority of the flavor tends to buttered popcorn.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle thanks to someone at the Jimmack04 Invitational. Unlike the other Weyerbacher bourbon aged beers, this one I actually like better than itís previous incarnation. Not being a big bourbon fan, I was happy to find the bourbon aroma and flavor somewhat subdued. Some butter on the nose and tongue were a bit of a turnoff, but other than that it was solid. A bit of cloves and vanilla were welcome additions to the flavor.
Arayaga2 (1714) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours to a big white head and smells like sour cherry cheesecake thereafter. There is a definite butterscotchy bourbony taste that is the signature of Weyerbacherís JD barrel process . This product is interesting, and (for me) right on the edge of likability. Most people will want to bypass this for Weyerbachers other barrel aged offerings, like Insanity or Heresy. (24/12oz/$57)
Gachupines (748) - USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden yellow appearance with a thin head. Taste was not too impressive. Subpar tripel with notes of bourbon. Havenít tried Merry Monksí so I donít know if it has to do with the base beer or the barrel aging, but Iíve been impressed with Weyerbacherís other bourbon attempts. The bourbon takes away from the normal subtle taste of a tripel and the mouthfeel is a little watery for my taste. Overall, not impressed and while decent I would probably not get this again.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy golden hue with a fizzy and fading head and little lacing on the snifter. The aroma has notes of vanilla and oak, elderberry and apple, grassy hops, heather and flowery esters and a hint of clove. The taste starts quite peppery and displays a fruity twang over a sweet rich malt background. The finish is a dry oak, lightly bourbon vanilla, and some sharp bitters to bite the palate. The feel is aggressive with a biting spice and bitter quality pushed along by the presence of alcohol. This beer gets better as it warms but seems to be a bit young still. I will age my another bottle and see what happens.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured golden with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of spices, fruit, sweet malt, but also seems to have a somewhat sour character. Taste is of creamy apples, spices with a very dry oak finish. All right, not too spectacular.
Cows9 (41) - Dumont, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weird but really good. Oak aging is really present here. Huge flavors of butterscotch account for most of the flavor profile. A good touch of Jack Daniels from the oak aging is also present. The first glass of this was great but it gets tiresome afterwards.