dalekliz (922) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle, shared at WeeHeavySDs 2000th rating party, with thanks to wetherel! Pours a deep dark reddish-brown with an off-white head. Big aroma, sour, sharp, and sweet - of juicy fruits, malt, pine, sugar, bourbon. Taste is quite sweet and sharp, of bourbon, malt, herbs, and sugar. Lingering sharp bourbon flavors. Different and very tasty. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
750ml bottle. thanks to eyedrinkale for sharing this rare surprise at kuhnhenn... dark caramel brown pour, pretty murky with a decent light tan head...musty aroma with soft bourbon and caramel notes... flavors of caramel and toffee along with light bourbon and toasted malt. pretty lively mouthfeel and flavors finish pretty quickly. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours with a frothy head that settles into a thin sheen. Aroma is bourbon but it doesnt smack you in the face. Flavor is a nice caramel with a soft carbonation and the bourbon complements it nicely. I thought this beer was a crazy idea but it really works. wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
750 ml bottle from EDA shared at WeeHeavySD’s 2000th tasting. Thanks Mike! Brown. Light in flavor. Light malty sweetness. Doesn’t taste high in alcohol, now that I read the description I see the alcohol is lower (6.2%). Usually I think of sours and strong beers for barrel aging. This is an odd ball. Still tasty. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown body with a tan head. Chocolate, licorice, loads of chocolate, lots of bourbon and oak. Light fruitiness. Great beer.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
750 ml bottle shared at WeeHeavySD’s 2000th rate tasting. Brown pour with a decent head. Roasted malts and some sweet aromas. Flavor was decent with more frutiness and some alcohol on the finish. Pretty good for a brown... kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of wetherel. Thanks, John! Pours a dense, murky orange-brown color; off-white head with solid, fine-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of white pepper, toasty Belgian sugars, and dried fruits in the aroma; nicely dry. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of chewy Belgian sugars, very light spice, and dense dried red fruits; touches of warming, reserved alcohol coming through. Lengthy finish: dried red fruits, Belgian sugars, and lots of lasting toastiness. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle from the Blind Tiger event, via wetherel via EDA. Pours brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet with slight bourbon notes. Taste is very light, smooth with some bourbon in there. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle at Blind Tiger’s Brooklyn Event. Mahogany brown, cloudy, with a tan head. Sweet and hoppy aroma, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and nice woodiness. Balanced, with more toffee and pithy citrus. Cinnamon and clove, excellent smooth and easy finish. Nice, tight mouthfeel and quite smooth. The bourbon here is really well balanced, and definitely there, but it doesn’t take away from the other flavors at all. So far, I’m quite impressed with the Brooklyn barrel aged offerings. Nicely done. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle at the Blind Tiger. I was expecting to hate this, but despite it being extremely bourbony it was really quite nice to drink. Had a great pour with a wonderful head, especially for a beer out of a barrel. Very dark brown. Aroma is up front bourbon, but filled with cherry and vanilla, and is very smooth. No heat from the alcohol or spirits. The body is a bit hot though, with a sweet, corny bourbon, mellow and round and robust. Some wheat and bubblegum flavors show up as well — the latter being the only hint this had any Belgian influence at one point. Solid work.