mcox90 (2140) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2013
12 oz bottle. What can I say. This was simply outstanding. Gorgeous deep red pour, kind of a claret color, with an almost non existent thin beige ring of a head. Wonderful bourbon/vanilla/oak wood aroma. Flavor was sweet, but not syrupy or cloying. Lots of brown sugar, cherry notes, citrus hops all blanketed with the oak it rested in. Bourbon flavor as well, but ever so perfect. Not overwhelming. Full bodied, smooth and gut warming. Wonderful! BLuke01 (32) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Poured a reddish brown with deep vanilla bourbon and caramel aroma. Tastes of big vanilla bourbon and some smoky dark roasted malts. Extremely smooth and well balanced. solidfunk (9409) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Potent beer. Pours like red oak, ruby tinged with some lacing. Aroma of candy, honey, oak and booze. The latter stays through aftertaste and gives a sweet end to it. Thick and syrupy on palate. Also some hot spice in finish. On tap at brewpub. ineedbeer (2257) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Aroma is dominated by rich caramel notes, both light and dark caramel. There is also some toffee and a light chocolate aroma. Aroma has above amount of vanilla with some oak present as well. No hop aroma. Low to medium, but clean alcohol aroma. Some carmelized fig and raisin notes as well. Also some dark cherry notes if you take a deep breath.
Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights on the edges. A thin, dark tan head recedes fairly quickly leaving a film on the edges. Light lacing and small legs.
Flavor is similar to the aroma. Lots of sweet caramel of varying darkness. Light toffee and chocolate notes as well as a faint smokiness. The flavor has more oak than the aroma but the vanilla is still present as well. Some raisin notes and carmelized fruit. No hop flavor but moderate bitterness. A medium amount of alcohol and low oak character in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodies with medium low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is moderate and astringency is low.
Overall this is a very good beer. I am enjoying it more than I remembered liking it. The complex caramel character works nicely with the oak and vanilla notes from the barrel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12 oz Bottle: Pours a dark brown with ruby tones and a thin light tan head. Aroma is sweet with hints of raisins, vanilla and a mild oaky alcohol presence. Roasty flavor is sweet with a oaky presence and hints of cherries, dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla. Has a creamy texture and a warming mouthfeel in the finish. A good sipper.
kindacold (237) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2001 vintage on tap. Pours murky red, no head. Funky, fruity smell. Dry and funky, dry white wine, cream, caramel, vanilla. Dry sour finish. jeremyh70 (1115) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2014 2012 bottle. Pours a clear brownish red with little head but great lacing. Aroma of vanilla, spice and that oaky bourbon. Taste the bourbon and caramel malt up front with the earthy spice and sweetness mid palate. Finishes with oak and some bitterness but just enough to balance. Medium full mouthfeel with alcohol warmth that is also just enough to be enjoyable. A sipper for sure but a very well done bourbon barrel aged ale. One I can enjoy because it is nicely balanced. Plus I’m discovering I like wee heavies.
2013 bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with some ruby. Small head but leaves a persistent ring and decent lacing. Aroma of molasses, dark bread and malt, some fruit and a bit of bourbon. Taste is sweet and malt forward with molasses, some breadiness and a slight charred flavor. Has some oak and bourbon taste with alcohol warmth and spiciness that isn’t overpowering. Finishes with some of that charred character. Mouthfeel is somewhat slick with a medium body and carbonation. Good but I remember liking better last year.
2013 bottle aged one year - aroma is very nice. Molasses, toasted malt with a dark bread aroma, caramel sweetness and scotch. Flavor is very smooth and somewhat sweet up front with molasses and brown sugar. Toasted malt that hints at being roasted and has some dark bread character. A pleasant musty hint of oxidation and oak along with some scotch and bourbon. Very good.
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Copper with a ring of white foam. Cereal grain, oats, mild booze. A little warm on the back end. Alright. kambei70 (1114) - - JAN 13, 2013
Pours a mahogany brown and red with little to no head. Smell is oak, scotch and caramel. Taste is the same with some acerbic alcohol taste around the edges. Oily mouth feel and lacing. Definitely strong and needs to be sipped. Good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jjgmd (2248) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Pours a brownish red color, with a small head. Nose is sweet and alcoholic with a definite oaky aroma. Taste is woody, with a vanilla oaky taste and a bit of cherries. No hiding the alcohol on this one, carbonation is soft, texture heavy. Finishes like a single malt scotch, a nice complex scotch ale. Quaff Score 8 / 10