pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Ben fest imperial / pours cloudy amber with medium head. Nose of whiskey and oak. Taste is of whiskey and booze.
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cpetrone84 (1718) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour is a murky light copper color with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose is heavy caramel malt, a bit of metallic phenol, moderate wood, boozier whiskey, some banana esters and a little sweeter. Flavor is similar, extremely sweet and messy malts of caramel and a touch of metal. Notes of toffee, banana, green apple skin. Really sweet, the barrel is underlying and not really adding. Full bodied, fairly chewy, soft carb.
stoutnick (744) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel brown pour. Aroma is caramel with a mild barrel character. Taste is same as the above. Nice body. Overall, lovely beer here - love the caramel toffee character and the way the barrel is in play but not overly dominant.
Tmoney99 (12032) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and dark wood with an alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This beer met my expectations.
alexsdad06 (7078) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared with the group. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, rye whiskey, more woody, vanilla, cherry, some citrus, boozy, all the flavors didnít really play well together early, but this started to improve for me as it warmed as more of the flavors come out, still a bit sweet.
shigadeyo (3292) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty aroma with a healthy does on vanilla, malt syrup, and some alcohol. Red orange color with a thin off-white crown. Vanilla maltiness, light rye bread crust, average level of herbal/earthy hops and candied orange peel; alcohol venting through the nose along with sugary rye whiskey in the finish. Medium to medium full body, smooth. Okay, far from great. Nothing special. +1 for the cool label.
vtafro (4920) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Light malty, sweet, fruit, rye and wood aromas. Rye, whiskey, oak and mild sweetness and liquor tones.
brenn79 (1739) - Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle- Pours hazy dark orange with a thin light tan head, similar if not identical to the Bourbon version. Aroma is seemingly more muted, getting a little cherries, oak, some vanilla.The taste is oak, i am really getting the rye, spicy and somewhat dry, a bit more of a harshness to this over the bourbon. These are more different than i thought, both have their qualities, but i think i like the bourbon a bit better.
NikkTwist (2043) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Moriartys. Billed as "Widmer Rye Barrel Aged". Description-wise this seems the likely choice - but not certain. Ended up with the last pour of the keg. So all this may be nonsense. BUT - clear dark orange amber pour with a slim lasting small-bubble off-white head. Plumy old ale. Slight smoke. Feels a bit watery. Noticeable Whiskey notes though in balance they feel quite faint. Some spiciness gatherers towards the finish. Some nice interesting flavors here but ultimately feels too muted and watered down.
Beardaxe (293) - - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky brown with little head. Little overt whiskey in the flavor, but there is an even background whiskey flavor. It's nice but I wish for more. The citrus added is too muted however, leaving the beer tasting a lot like a old ale and not much more. Good chewy malt but an odd bitter finish that doesn't do it for me.
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"2nd of the 3 we tried...barreling lighter than expected, but compementary rather than stealing the show. Upped the abv a little, but not noticeably. The old ale still shines, with a slight added sweet pepper finish. Maaaaybe a touch smoother too."