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 (1085) - 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!
Chalumeaux (169) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle dark chocolate color with nice tan head. Sweet aroma of caramel and bread super smooth mouth feel with a nice heat at the finish.
AirForceHops (3927) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle shared by Willrunforbeers. Dark brown color with thin lasting head. Aroma is mild bourbon upfront with vanilla oak, with deep caramel and raisins.
Wow... Pretty impressive brew. The flavor is a mellow bourbon, vanilla and mild oak enveloping a dark fruit and caramel lager. Kind of like drinking a bourbon soaked raisin dipped in sugar. The body is on the leaner side but itís not an issue with the amount of flavor I am getting from all sensors on my tongue. The rich bourbon flavor is here without any heat. But the ABV does pack a punch to make you feel happy. Damn fine brew!!
superspak (3067) - Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2014. Pours nearly opaque very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light tannic oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged doppelbock style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Pailhead (5330) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, vanilla, raisin, light toasted coconut, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some significant red highlights. It has a one finger beige head that eventually fades to a thick soapy film. There is some drippy soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate with touches of cocoa powder and light caramel. There is a touch of molasses and raisin in the middle. The finish has light-moderate vanilla, coconut, light bourbon, faint oak, and a hint of roasted malt. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a touch of stickiness in the mouthfeel. Overall, Iíd say flavor-wise itís kind of an Imperial Stout/Doppelbock hybrid aged in bourbon barrels. It sounds like previous yearís batches were a little boozy and hot. This batch from 2014 isnít. I really dig it.
Lutz2jm (167) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is deep black with a tan head. Minimal lace. Heavy mouth feel that hides the apv well. Notes of dark chocolate, black cherries, and definitely a kick from the bourbon barrels. (2014)
deyholla (7450) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (1753) - 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 (2402) - 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.