svandyke (231) - USA - JUN 21, 2017
12oz (Educators on Tap)- Dirty brown caramel color. Lots of caramel and some biscuit nose. Lots of sweetness with a hint of medicine. mrjaxson (570) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2017
I respectfully submit this carries the aroma, taste and finish of a boozy scotch ale (I can’t get over the creativity of that description either). As a result, it’s a super sweet and heavy beer that demands one and only one be consumed per evening. I’ll be stopping now. Bottle label proclaims it to be 2015 vintage. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2017
2015 vintage bottle drunk 5/6/17.crossovert (12642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2017
Copper-auburn-dark-amber body with tons of sediment left behind, as always, from Dark Horse. Eggshell-to-butter-colored head atop is dense but very small and recedes slowly to a ring.
Like the base version, its fruity and spicy with additional spice, warmth and, of course, oak from the barrel aging. Theres a LOT of bourbon here, though its mostly a strong pepper and spice character rather than any huge booziness, thankfully. Lots of bready malt character lies behind it with light chocolate and plentiful caramel balancing pretty well.
Soft in the mouth with additional texture contributions from the barrel adding light slickness to the mouthfeel. Low, fairly engaging carbonation still engages the palate and an explosion of plums, prunes, raisins, figs and toffee emerges with warming and breathing, ending strongly spicy with light alcohol warmth and more oak. A fine beer and the bourbon actually contributes a reasonable amount of dryness here, but does dominate the beer as the bottle wears on. Given the already high amount of melanoidins, esters, phenols and other crazy flavors at work in the base beer, the heavy spice of the bourbon doesnt really add a whole lot here, in my opinion.
Blind tasted with 1 other scotch ale which was Lagunitas Davey Murray’s Best Scotch Ale. All 3 raters ranked the beers 1, 2.
wlajwl (6742) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2017
355ml bottle. Amber pour, short lived head. Aroma is bourbon, umami, caramel, sugar, booze, Flavor is vanilla, caramel, booze. Tastes more like a barley wine, too sweet, but decent.
Post tasting thoughts:
This won against lagunita’s beer for just being a more memorable one. Neither is particularly innovative or made to style. This one is too booozy for its own good.
Aroma is bourbon, dark bread and slight sweetness. The flavor is bourbon/mild brown sugar, malts, slightly smoky and a warming alcohol/mildly sweet finish.
Shag (2987) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2017
Dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma contains some chocolate, caramel, smoke, and bourbon. The flavor is rather sweet with some milk, chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, and bourbon. Some alcohol is also detected in the finish. This oddly reminds me of Samichlaus a little, am I crazy? Overall very nice beer. Strykzone (7305) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2017
Sampled at an ESLBLS. Dark brown amber and it has a small off white head. I love the bourbon aroma. It is gentle enough to be pleasant. Earthy and vanilla. It is sweet and really tasty. The barrel aging adds a lot to this. vyvvy (6392) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2017
It pours dark reddish brown with an off white head. The aroma has rich toffee, caramel, rich malt, toast and dates. It has a fairly full body with soft carbonation. The taste has a drier version of the aroma with crackers and light wood. Quite nice. BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2017
Bottle. Murky amber brown pour with a soapy white head. Malt, hint of bourbon on the nose. Taste is gross - veggie soup, sickeningly sweet, slight chemical. Niko100 (2889) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2017
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, molasses, toffee, dark fruit, & bourbon. Flavor of slight sweet malt, toffee, dark fruit, some spice, and bourbon notes; Warm finish; Somewhat thin - but tasty.