queenholly (2611) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2010
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Deep amber with almost no head. Light malt aroma and a hint of egg. Weak malt flavor with a hint of spice. I donít get any bourbon/oak at all. Thin, watery mouth feel. Overall weak, pretty much what I expected from a large scale producer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of sweet malt, light vanilla, and a hint of caramel. There is a hint of bile/vomit in the aroma too. Poured copper/amber in color with a small to medium-sized, loose, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, nuts, slight vanilla, slight caramel, fake Bourbon, and some noxious flavors. Medium body. Lightly dry, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, vanilla, nut, and fake Bourbon finish is lightly dry. Ew.
Block (1210) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour with a small off white head. Aroma is malty. Flavor is a little unusual. Burnt malts with spice. Dry finish of vanilla. Not great but much better than the comparable Michalob Amber Bock.
McGarnigle (535) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mmmm, cream soda! From a growler it gets a great head atop a clear amber bod. Light aroma, kind of thin mouthfeel. Itís sweet at first with definite vanilla. Neither bourbon nor oak, and not a lot of heft. The back end has enough hops to pull back on the sweetness, but still, itís not that good, and not warming.
vikingguy (761) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber color with fragrant caramel malt aroma. Taste is caramel malt and lots of vanilla. Vanilla is definitely forefront and really so much so that itís hard to pick up on anything else; kind of distracting. That being said the vanilla tastes pretty decent and this is definitely drinkable; probably wouldnít want to have more than one per session though. Rather thin body. I wonít buy it again, but it isnít terrible.
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a spotlessly clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a medium-small, bone white head.
Smell: Sweet-scented aroma smelling of toasty, toffeeish malts, heavy-handed vanilla extract, and a few discard sweet cherries dunked in garden variety bourbon.
Taste: The malts, while not particularly bold or complex, do yield touches of toasted nuts and toffee with a vanilla taste which reminds me of freeze-dried ice cream. A fairly sweet beer throughout. Underlying cherry-like fruitiness. No discernible hop character and bitterness. Slight woody, earthy tones accompanied by a faint astringency. Lingering taste of vanilla extract beyond the sweetish finish that hangs on the tongue like a bad piece of vanilla-flavored candy.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: While easy to drink, itís not particularly enjoyable to. While a bourbon barrel-aged, vanilla-infused brown ale sounds like a great winner of an idea, the execution was, well, less than even hoped for.
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Clear brown with a beige head. Nose is cardboard, faint spice and bourbon. Surprisingly this has some body to it. Carb is crisp and lively. Taste is toffee, vanilla, musty cinnamon and stale bourbon.
rubbishystuff (1756) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had at Hogís Head on Fullerton. It does have a bit of spice to it. But is there really bourbon in it or was it aged in casks? Watery and kind of a mess.Promises much and doesnít really do anything. A-B InBev, if you are going to attempt to break in to the craft beer world you must try harder than this. Serving: Tap
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle from tops on 12/19/2009.
brilliant clear coppery bronze color with an aggressive light tan head. no lace.
it smells like fake vanilla, sticky caramel malt, light spices and alcohol (at 6%???).
the flavor of oily artificial vanilla dominates over a ton of caramel-y malt and a lightly bitter finish... very one dimensional.
the medium body has an aggressively crisp texture and some how an oily residual mouth feel. bleh. 4/3/4/2/11/2.4
VTHopHead (1503) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle/12oz - Pours a coper red in color with a small foamy head that quickly disappears. Aroma is of light of bourbon, heavy of both vanilla and sweet malts. Flavor is not very good. The vanilla-bourbon seems artificial and is overdone in an attempt to mimic proper bourbon barrel conditioned beer. Astringent harshness at the end with the alcohol way to visible for only 6%. Too bad my "friend" gave me a 6-er... I wonder who I can give it to... nobody I really like, of course... :)