HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Sampled at GABF2013. Pours a ruddy mahogany with a nice white head. Aroma of barrel, christmas tree, pine, spice, some oak and resinous qualities as well. Flavor is fairly bitter with a moderate sweetness. Lots of vanilla, oak, pine, and bourbon. Slick bodied, lively carbonation. Finishes with lots of oak and bourbon. Enjoyable. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Magnum shared by the silky one at RBSG’09 Grand Tasting. This was a grade A mess up of a barrel beer. I see why they threw in in a magnum and made less bottles. The beer is basically alcohol and lots of barrel, lots of leafy barrel, lots of cardboard, and lots of crap. It is a dark brown color. This was just amateur night at the Apollo. The beer is a dark brown color. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
16 ounce sample on tap at Toronado for their 26th anniversary. The aroma has a light dustiness with a mild to moderate bourbon character, and nice underlying sweetness present. Good nose. Transparent amber body with a small, weak, off-white head. Starts a bit fizzy and carbonated, before light metallic, tinny flavor comes in briefly. Bourbon then follows which plays well with the base beer. Very balanced. Finishes with slight metal. A little too carbonated, but otherwise, nice. jrob21 (3692) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Never thought I’d see this one but it magically appeared among many other things at a recent tasting. Barrel ageing at this point is very subtle. This one might be a bit past its prime drinking time. Aroma is a little nutty with a bit of a cola aspect that reminds much of a scotch ale in that one respect. A little smoky, nutty, and a little grain in the flavor. All a little muted and a little watered down at this point in its life. Drink em if you got em. smith4498 (3647) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
RBWG 2010. Pours copper color with off white head. Aroma of molasses, vanilla and oak. Sweet caramel flavor with vanilla and oak. Medium body with soft carbonation.
dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Woody-malty balanced aroma. Copper in color with an off-white head. Nice woodiness (vanilla notes) and ver balanced. A fantastic ale; not too strong but flavorful and balanced. finol (3392) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle at Eight friends Inn.
Pours black with a small tan head.
Sweet and smooth brew with a taste of tarr pastils and bourbon. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2010
1.5L magnum bottle, courtesy kramer. The pour yields a clear, dark, brassy crimson body with a small, swirly head of smooth, off-white cream. Minimal lace spotting shows on the glass. Aromas are based in big notes of caramel and nougat, with a strong vanilla contingent and notes of sweet, milky cake (think tres leches). A hint of rum raisin and mild barrel spice lends a unique touch, as subtle notes of warming rye whiskey creep in. It’s a very unique and inviting nose. The flavor kicks off with a caramel and brown sugar baseline, transitioning into hints of toasted nuts and very softly charred oak. Vanilla is spicy and persistent, but not overwhelming. Rye whiskey imparts its distinct subtleties without being overly intrusive. There is just a faint hint of dry cocoa that shows up at the very end....not much, but it’s there. The palate is a little thinner than I expected, but it still shows ample substance. Light to moderate carbonation is appropriate, and the alcohol is warming but not hot. Overall, I found this to be a very interesting and well done brew. It isn’t easy to nail a low-ABV barrel application, but they did a pretty nice job here. Lots of love went into making this stuff, and it shows. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Very sweet and malty nose with lots of oxidation, lots of dark fruit, and some resinous hops. The taste is very sweet, lightly bitter lots of raisin and prune, lots of caramel, toffee, lots of sherry. TEJA (3067) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2014
Fluffy beige head. Clear amber color. Complex aroma from both hops and the whiskey barrel. Medium bitterness with a very interesting taste.