TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2016
750ml bottle courtesy of a deyholla load of bottles. Thanks as always, Derek. Pours a hazy deeper brownish ruby tinged hue. A firmer haziness, darker middle with impressive copper and crimson glow on the edges from the darker biscuity brown middle. Frothy light brown head atop is sizable at first, dissipating down to a mellow layer with ok lacing overall. Aromas throw a firmer barrel presence, whiskey and vanilla meet some spirit driven warmth, caramel and gentle spiciness. Tannic oak, biscuits, carmelized appeal meet some sweetness, subtle molasses and brown malts. A bit nutty, toasty, more tannic and woody appeal as it warms. Initial is fuller bodied, a touch thinned by the barrel with impressive barrel flavor and warmth. A bit toasty, tannic bitter appeal with spiciness, toast, earthy life. Rye malts, caramel, rye whiskey. A lot going on and certainly a barrel driven beer but I think it holds up to the impressive strength and spirit from the barrel. Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2016
750 mL bottle thanks to jackl! Batch 1 bottle opened 5/7/16. Bottle #508. Hazy dark brown with a large fizzy tan head. Decent retention. Aroma of oak, whiskey, toffee, cherries. The taste is strong whiskey, oak, raisin, cherries, caramel, vanilla. Medium bodied, mild booze, moderate carbonation. Nearly over-barreled but it just works. Nice beer.
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Poured a darker redto light brown with a beige head. Aroma was of whiskey, toasted malt and chocolate. Flavor similar,mostly barrel, pretty one dimensional. Decent. obguthr (6917) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Oak and whiskey nose. Murky brown, huge tan head, good lace. Oak dominant, whiskey underneath. Tea present. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Tastefully done, not boozy. Homer321 (5255) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle. Nose is light booze with some malt sugar. Taste is also light bourbon with subtle malt. Kind of thin but solid
arminjewell (9744) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, hazy dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, some oak, vanilla, hints of spice, yeast. Taste was a mix of sour grain, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, finishing fairly sweet, slightly oaky. BVery (11488) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Tap at the taproom. Murky amber brown pour with a rocky cream head. Lots of oak in this. Mild bourbon that comes out more late in the taste. Really good! JK (6379) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2015 Tap at Fair State. Dark brown color and low carbonation. Bourbon aroma. Flavor is surprisingly dry, lots of oak, malt and more bourbon. Not sweet at all. I would like to try the beer withoit the barrel treatment. Boozy aroma as well. Bacterial (3080) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Draft at FSBC. Slightly hazy light brown in color with a slight head. Malty nose with an undercurrent of whiskey and toffee. Quite nice, though a little hot on the very finish, especially as it warmed up. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2015
(bottle 418) Pours a brown color with a medium light tan head that retains well. Aroma of light smoked ham, rye bread, black cardamom, cherry, and oak. Flavor of toffee, toasty rye bread, cocoa powder, dark fruit (maybe raisin or dried cherry), whiskey, and oak. Has a bit more of a BA brown ale vibe to it than what I’d associate with an old ale. Mouthfeel is lighter than the average BA beer with a touch more carb. Lower ABV shows no heat. Overall a solid offering from Fair State.