cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours an exceptional dark brown with some great roasted barley and vanilla notes. I was hoping this had improved from when I first bought it 6 monthes ago. Carbonation was lower and the bourbon florished much like I hoped it would. Another amazing offering from BBC Enniskillen (2055) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, coca-cola, light toffee. Taste is a nice caramel, bourbon/scotch blend, light alcohol. Interesting and nice depth and complexity. Well done. Thorpe429 (5035) - , 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 DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Bomber from the PAUTN (PA Underground Trading Network). Pours ruddy muddy brown with 1-finger khaii head and great lacing. Time in the bottle seems to have served this one extremely well, as I note that others haven’t seen much head. The aroma is nice; big bourbony scotch malt, cognac, brown sugar, figgy fruit. The taste is fruity, with figs, berries, single malt bourbon, cognac, brown sugar, hops, spices. Primarily bourbony, but this one has a lot of intermingling flavors coming and going. The palate is rich, suitably dense for a beert this alcoholic, and very complex. I enjoyed this one a great deal. egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Poured a lightly hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, toasted malts, and oxidized sherry. Taste of caramel malts, toast, light smoke, toffee, vanilla, and a dry, oaky finish.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2007
A beer produced exclusively for Julio’s liqours. Aged in four different types Buffalo Trace Bourbon casks, and blended.
Pours hazy, dark amber with a reddish hue. A straight-down pour allowed a half-inch head of finely beaded beige to rise up.
Some light lacework of mostly dots cling to the glass, and a partial, whispy skim-coat sticks to the surface of the brew.
Aromatics are pungently bourbonized.
Oak-laced whiskey and semi-sweet, sticky malt interplay very well.
There’s no mistaking the barrel-aging. Plenty of Buffalo Trace aromas but not overbearingly. Nougat and vanilla step forward in the finish as the nostrils warm.
Mouthfeel is medium at best, but sticky and creamy. Carbonation is extremely fine and spot on for the complexity of the brew.
The pallet is loaded with scotch ale character, but not of the sickly sweet school of scotch. Well attenuated, but still has plenty of carmelized malt and a hint of smoke.
The barrel aging is well balanced on the pallet, less overwhelming than expected from the nose.
The bourbon, malt, oak, and vanilla all meld very well for such a big brew. Hints of peat and charcoal run late on the finish.
Quite warming but very smooth.
Quality barrels definately get kick this beer up another notch.
A testament to the art of barrel-aging and blending.
I’m sure cellaring for years will continue to meld and mellow this ringer.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Cloudy brown with some red highlights and a nice fluffy tan head. Aroma is awesome. Caramel, sweet bourbon, vanilla, golden raisins and wood. Flavor is sweet and syrupy. Maple flavors, rich vanilla beans and bourbon. MMMM good. nickd717 (4691) - 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. johnnnniee (4312) - 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. boFNjackson (4201) - 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.