UDBeernut (1247) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from mikes409. An imperial black lager aged in Bourbon barrels? Lets go! Pours motor oil black with ruby edges. Nose of oak, bourbon, and light faint grass. Bourbon is more centered in the mouth. Body is solid, if not a tad thin. I hope they did not lager this long, seems like a waste of time to let the delicate layering styles be overrun by the bazooka that is bourbon.
firstsip (169) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I love beer. I love many styles. Bourbon barrel-aged beers are the ones I just haven’t been able to get into... but I easily got into this one. Incredibly well-balanced. Not the overwhelming boozey sweetness I find in others.
rondphoto (1247) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark cola color with a thin head cover and horizontal streaks of lace. Taste is toasted dark malt that adds a touch of bourbon and alcohol midway through the palate. The finish continues to add warming alcohol until it finally dissipates. Not very complex, a big drink that needs to be sipped for best enjoyment. Very good, not dangerously great.
WillRunForBeer (181) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as an extra from umich43jm. Thanks, Jason! This rate is a day late, from memory, so I’ll forgo some details. This beer is very smooth, complex and hides the booze well. It has bourbon on the nose and all the happy bourbon barrel aged dark beer flavors - sweet, not smoky. I remember saying "Wow, this is really good!" between sips. Need more so I can do a proper rate!
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 12 oz, tnx to Sean. Pours deep clear ruby dark brown mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet barrel vanilla raisins fidges caramel molassis malty. Flavor is as aroma, light in body and very tastefull with a nice subtile astringent bitterness.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep ruby, thin to moderate sudsy off-white head, little lacing.   Soft bourbon nose, slight chocolate covered cherry.   Very much a chocolate covered cherry like aroma.   Unfortunately not much else.
Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft sweet bourbon like finish, malty, with a soft background of those chocolate covered cherries.   Simple, but fairly tasty.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Strong, lively bourbon smell mellowed by a malt backbone that is absent of sweetness. The appearance is mild compared to the aroma and flavor; a dark brown with amber edges alongside the translucent evidence of a lager. The flavor is immaculate. Not nearly as cloying as, say, a BB impy stout, but the flavor holds up - indeed, you get more, but also gentle, bourbon on a delivery liquid that does nothing but compliment the overall flavor. Bourbon, with a touch of spice, maintains into the palate, albeit softly. Overall, I’ve never drank anything with a strong bourbon flavor that is so easy to swish around the mouth, hold, contemplate, and enjoy. It’s lacking only in richness - per the style. It’s not what we’re used to - but I LOVE this beer! Edit: as an afterthought realization - this beer doesn’t have the sweetness often associated with big BB aged beers, per the respective styles - and I enjoy the resultant novelty immensely.
peteinSD (1174) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Dark pour with a slick of foam for a head. Aroma is sharp, semi-hot bourbon over clean sweet malt. Taste is sweet bourbon with a bit of an off flavor sweet, candied malt. Clean mouthfeel.
auerbrau (3077) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean!! A very nice bourbon aroma, green with wood and rosy with booze. On the tongue, there’s a nice crisp brown lager layered with tart bourbon oak. The barrel gets heavy and hot, putting the beer out of balance. It needs a little more sugar to hold up to the barrel, or a little less barrel, ideally. I love the flavors though. Everything is clean, from the base lager, which Wolverine does so well, to the fresh Bourbon on top. Nice carbonation keeps it lively and prickling. The finish is snappy with a nice crisp hoppiness, lingering bourbon woodiness, and a bit of roasted malt caramel. Great winter flavors.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Waxed 12 oz bottle and served in a snifter: Deep mahogany hue with some reddish hues, lasting frothy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, roast, bread and plenty of bourbon barrel influences. Vanilla and oak vapours along with a dose of sour mash whiskey. The taste is sweet but enough booze and oak to sharpen the palate. Some raisin and pear fruit character along with a touch of earthy minerals. No hop presence noted nor much of any real malt depth. The mouth feel is warming but a tad flabby. This is where the barrel seemed to dominate, thin and boozy. It is okay but somewhat disjointed. Just too much barrel influence for the base beer but then methinks the base beer is not all that great anyway.