hopsandvines (61) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2012
In a snifter, pours dark amber with a small disappointing head, no suprise here because of the ABV. Big Bourbon, Vanilla, alcohol, dried fruits on the aroma, very complex. Flavor is sweet and full with oak, bourbon, dark rum, spice, vanilla, and chocolate notes. Very warming flavorful, complex beer. I only could have one of these a night. burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Lots of caramel malt, molasses and bourbon. Very hot tasting alcohol is straight up front. Overall, not bad but not worth excess cost. BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 Pours deep amber brown with small, orange brown head. Smells of whiskey, vanilla, smoke, candy sweet malt, butterscotch, toffee, and a hint of dark fruit. Very sweet but with some bite and smokiness to balance it out. Alcohol warmth and bourbon for sure, with a huge burst of vanilla. Slick and heavy on the palate. Very nice and very complex flavor. dwm1034 (784) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 On draft as part of Zwanze 2012 at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago. Generally not a big barrel aged guy but this one, with the little extra room that a scotch ale provides, was excellent plus. Nose and initial taste was heavy with vanilla and bourbon...which for a 2 oz pour is pretty much what you get...very tasty!
UPDATED 3/10/13...fresh bottle from Sherm1016...thanks. A full glass, not a taster, helped me enjoy this even more...upgraded to a 4.1...very very tasty. Tinco (617) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2012
Beautiful clear deep red amber color. Nice off white two finger fluffy head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, some caramel and toffee.
Taste is veeeery bourbon forward. Nice full mouthfeel and pretty sweet. Also get alot of sweet caramel malts. Almost no hop prescence.
I can see why people like this beer. For me it is a little bit too much bourbon character in there but I guess that is just personal preference.
All in all a good brew. =)
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
draft at Coles, Buffalo. rich, toffee notes, caramel maltiness, sweet bourbon notes. wonderfully complex. big rich mouthfeel. great sipper HeadyDE (825) - Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Dark brownish reddish tint pour into snifter..slight head at the sides..more carbonation than expected..aroma of boost sweet bourbon, vanilla bean, char, oak, scotch..and hint of dried fruit..quite busy and complex nose..palate is dominated by the booze,warming presence..prefer this type of presence more from a stout..not a giant fan of scotch ales..good sipper and interested to see what some age would do to the abundant booze presence..don’t really find this too sweet.. Patrickctenchi (6556) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Pours cloudy, brown-red with a minimal tan head.
Nose is dark cherry, smooth bourbon.
Taste is....a lot... cherry, vanilla, bourbon barrel (well-presented barrel, I might add)
Smoky sweet, some chocolate, dark fruit, caramel.
Astonishingly smooth with a wonderful back-throat burn....
Absolutely stellar......amazing beer. TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark maple syrup with no head. Aroma is caramel and some booze. Flavor is syrupy with caramel, malts and some bourbon. Overall a good beer. CardsFan25 (95) - - NOV 28, 2012
The smell and taste tell you that this beer spent some time in an oak burbon barrell in the backwoods. The burbon taste is not overwheling though. Dark, strong scotch ale that I had off tap served in a brandy snifter which was perfect.