danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Served from a 22 oz bottle from an old trade. The appearance is a clear bodied dark amber with a small head. The aromas are nice with fruity esters, caramel, and vanilla. The flavors are very nice. A sweet berry flavor is pretty forward on the entry. A strawberry predominantly. Vanilla from the bourbon and caramel from the malts add some nice layers. Some sweet candied sugar as well. The mouth is a touch warm and alcohol thin. Full bodied. A well done fruity scotch ale. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Sweet chocolate and bourbon nose. Taste is very sweet, lightly bitter, lots of toffee and dark fruit, some chocolate and brown sugar. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Thanks to Pete for opening up a bottle of this at a tasting a while back. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a dark shade of amber with a bit of an off white head that sits with a tiny ring of lace throughout. Nose brings good chunks of bourbon and caramel malt along with notes of oak, vanilla, and molasses. Taste mixes the bourbon and a level of molasses-like dry sweetness quite well with some of the barrel aging present in addition to the bourbon. Feel is nice and smooth with lower levels of carbonation. Drinks well and I glad I got to try this--I love being surprised by beers I’ve never heard much about.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-14-2010 dnstone (3552) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Nice vanilla-bourbon aroma, malty as well. Deep amber-brown with off-white head. Nice malty beer with complementary vanilla, wood notes. Really a great beer. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured a cloudy pale, amber with a beige head. Lots of booziness and very malt forward. A vegetable-root flavor and some bourbon forwardness that was really nice.
johnnnniee (4408) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Review from notes, sampled 12/9/2007
Picked up a couple bottles at Julio’s
Pours a deep dark ruby with a modest two finger off white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lace on the sides. The smell is all bourbon with a faint malt smell as it warms. Taste is a malty scotch ale with some fig and lots of bourbon. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky. I love bourbon so I scored this one high. Its a great little sipping beer, very well done. SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Cloudy brown pour with a foamy head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and wood. Flavor is sweet and follows right along with the aroma. A nice brew. nickd717 (4889) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bomber thanks to Arbitrator. Pours a brilliant yet dark clear amber color with a one-finger off-white head that leaves a ring. Sweet caramel and -bal aroma with a little peat smoke, toffee, bourbon, and toast. The flavor is great, really complex and tasty if a little sweet. Sweet caramel and toffee malt notes, toast, -bal, vanilla, maple syrup, bourbon, maybe some fruits. Great beer, lots to it. Smooth on the mouthfeel with only mild booziness and medium-low carbonation. Really great -bal aged scotch ale. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Big bourbon / American oak aromas: dill and vanilla. Flavor is surprisingly similar, medium sweet. Pretty good. deyholla (12315) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Poured clear muddy brown with a near brown head that dissipated rather quickly to the edge. Aroma had some bourbon notes with a bit of buttery scotch and sweet grains plus caramel. Flavor was similarly sweet with the caramel and scotch sticking out the most and a subtle backing bourbon note.