DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2016
2012 vintage at Railroad. Poured turbid ruby/brown with tan head. Nose was dark fruit, oak, spirits, plum. Tasted rich and dense, complex, with heavy oaky tannins, dark fruit, some spirits, and vanilla. Solid beer that has aged very well. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 9, 2014
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer is served a hazed brownish amber color with almost no head. The light little bit of foamy head that was present upfront fades almost instantly leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of some sweeter smells of vanilla and caramel along with some darker fruit smells of cherry and plum. A rather good deal of a oaky, smoky, and bourbon smell are there as well, giving the brew a very warming aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with some sweet caramel and vanilla as well as a bit of a more bready flavor. Right from the start there is also a decent hit of booze and wood with the boozy flavors being of a bourbon like nature. The sweeter flavors seem to intensify slightly being joined by some darker fruit flavors of plum and cherry more toward the middle of the taste with some other herbal flavors developing on the tongue. While the sweeter flavors increase toward the middle, they later decrease in intensity, with the boozy bourbon flavors growing even stronger at their expense. With a bit more woody and light smoky flavors coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a rather hot, boozy, and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather light. A little thicker body may have been slightly better for the extremely oaky and boozy flavors of the brew, but even so the feel was rather appropriate.
Overall – While not an abv. powerhouse, this brew was quite boozy tasting with a big warming and sweet bourbon taste. A decent try, but a little too hot for my preference.
dliberto (217) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Drank from bottle. Aroma is bourbon and wood. Tastes like a hint of cherry, vanilla, oak, and strong on the bourbon. Small hop presence, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I liked it hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
On tap at the Blue Dog, Chalfont. Poured a deeper amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Wood, vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruits. Some bourbon. PhillyCraft (7709) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tap at Bainbridge with Sir Thomas. notes were charred oak, cherry malt, vanilla, barrel and toffee. Smells like whiskey and not much else. We didn’t enjoy this one too much.
tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Draft at Bainbridge. Pours a reddish brown with tan head and webbed lace. Nose of maraschino cherries, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Tons of whiskey flavor, hints of smoke. Pretty tasty but a little too much whiskey jmm635 (1012) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Clear brown color with a creamy beige head. Sugary malty aroma. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and oak present. Medium sweetness and low bitterness. Very tasty! snoworsummer (5959) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at DuClaw. Pours medium opaque brown. Nice flavor, not too strong. Slightly bitter, hints of bourbon. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2012
On firkin at Klobys: pours a mostly still amber bronze with a few stray off-white bubbles. Has a sweet dark caramel and bourbon nose with some light fruity notes. Starts with good fullness and sweet toasty malts with lots of bourbon oak and vanilla before a smooth semisweet finish with lingering bourbon notes, but hides its alcohol well. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2012
On tap at Roadhouse Pub in Frederick, MD.
Hazy, translucent, dark brown with off white head and good lacing.
Aroma of dark fruit, cherry, oak, caramel malt and molasses.
Taste of sweet roast malt, dark fruit and molasses.
Medium body and medium carbonation.
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