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, Iíve never drank anything with a strong bourbon flavor that is so easy to swish around the mouth, hold, contemplate, and enjoy. Itís lacking only in richness - per the style. Itís not what weíre used to - but I LOVE this beer! Edit: as an afterthought realization - this beer doesnít have the sweetness often associated with big BB aged beers, per the respective styles - and I enjoy the resultant novelty immensely.
WillRunForBeer (417) - 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 Iíll 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!
deyholla (5972) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the tap at the 15th annual MBGSF. Pours a near clear brown with a yellowish brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma is a bit thin with some dark grain a bit of rye and bourbon with lager yeast. Flavor has more rye coming through that works nicely with the bourbon and a bit of dark grains underlying.
mikem409 (1461) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown clear with a decent white head. Aroma is barrel upfront with some sweetness from the malt. Taste is not as thick as I would like but itís a lager. Very solid barrel notes
umich03jm (1576) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2013 Pours a clear dark brown color with slight ruby highlights. Minimal head, minimal lacing. Aroma has a bourbon sweetness to it but does not seem overpowering. Getting a slight toasted malt aroma too. Taste has a nice smooth bourbon flavor, not too overpowering. And just like the aroma, there a nice toasted malt background. Pretty thin body. I was hoping for more body here considering itís 10.5%. Mouthfeel is a pretty sticky. Good but not great bourbon beer. I will lay down my last 4 of these to see what happens. Re-rate 9/29/13 - Had this one a couple more times since my original rate and I like it more now. Bourbon has faded a bit now making it more of a complement instead of the focus. A nice sweetness has emerged too. This isnít the most complex beer but it goes down easier than any BB beer Iíve had.
craftfreak (13) - USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer turned out great! Donít let the fact that itís a Lager deter you. In fact because it is a lager I suggest it! Great flavors you expect from a bourbon porter or old ale but itís light on the palate light a dark lager. Bourbon is forward and strong but not completely overpowering. I really enjoyed this. Nice work Oliver! And great wax work Rick!
tkrjukoff (3896) - 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.
ReggieDunlap (2926) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque dark brown with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma has dark fruits, bourbon, and mild booziness...hint of vanilla. Flavor is roasty but dominated by bourbon...lots of oak...faint earthy bitterness and mild dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is light/medium with and oaky/roasty bitter and dry finish.
UDBeernut (1478) - 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.
auerbrau (3126) - 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, thereís 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.