phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 23, 2011
Got this as a bonus in a trade with Cornboy - thanks! Pours ruby brown with only little head. Aroma has lots of oak sweetness, vanilla, fudge, a hint of bourbon, hot chocolate, maple syrup, hints of roasted nuts. Taste is nice and oaky, notes of sweet port, walnuts roasted in syrup, nice oxidation too. Very good. The oak is very dominating, but very nicely balanced. RasmusOtt (2933) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 21, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Pours redish brown with a tiny brown head. Aroma is light oxidized with raisin, oak, ripe dark fruits, toffee fudge, bourbon and maple syrup. Taste of caramel, chocolate, barley, raisin, some warming alcohol, sweet port notes and light citrus at the end. radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
Got this in a trade with Baltimorebeerguy. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, as I work my way through the wee heavys. Hard to find around here.
Aggressive pour into a pint glass. 2 finger head that drips down beautfiully with complex, syrupy lacing.
Stays firm after a few minutes. Pits and valleys. Dark copper, auburn, mahogany color. Slightly cloudy. Aroma weighs heavily on the bourbon side. Nothing Scotchy here. Getting vanilla and burnt sugar.
Let warm for 5 minutes.
Hit with the bourbon boozines right off the bat. Sticky, toffee, vanilla, malty, chewy creamy,
Nothing wrong with that, I like many bourbon beers. But it seems that when you age things in b. barrels, it either marries up to the style of brew, or it doesn’t. When it does, you’ve got amazing things like Goose Island Rare stout. When it doesn’t, you get things like Kentucky Bourbon Ale that just taste like you poured bourbon in with the original beer.
This one is somewhere in between. Yeah, I’m getting the malty, dark ale feel but it doesn’t really say Scotch Ale to me a whole lot.
It IS delicious though and my only complaint is a slightly dry, phenolic finish. I’m not grabbing this when I want a Scotch Ale, but it’s a wonderful sipper when you want that Bourbon feel but don’t want the heaviness of a stout.
chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...A ruby copper, murky ugly. Little carbonation, only about half a finger rises later, falls quick, and only has a very thin film. No lacing...The aroma is really light, malty, smoke, oak and vanilla, what I get is nice. Reminds of a ba bw, wish it was stronger, could be great. Vanilla really shows off as it warms...The taste is really mostly smooth bourbon with lots of vanilla, oak shows off as well. This is really good, however on the finish there is a scotch note that I don’t like. Starts to kill the drinkability.
I really enjoy this except for a split second on the finish. A non heavy handed barrel aged that displays mostly the bourbon but very enjoyable and drinkable.
Johnsense (1804) - - MAR 21, 2011
Pours a kight brown colour with almost no head whatsoever. Smells of Boubon, Vanilla and a bit of Oak with a bit of burnt brown sugar - very inviting! Sweet taste of aged Bourbon whisky with hints of real vanilla, Oka, Scotch, and a slight hoppiness on the finish. Boozy, this one may take several sips, but as it warms the character of this brew shines through. Great beer to end the night with.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a fairly clear deep red-brown color (mahogany) with a finger of off-white head. The head faded fairly quickly to a nice ring on the glass and laced very nicely.
S - Very powerful and deep smokey (bourbon) aroma. Also some sweet elements from vanilla and carmel notes. There is also booze in the nose. Excellent aroma.
T - Starts off with some sweet carmel malts and a touch of the smokiness building in the background. Also the vanilla is also mixed in. In the middle the smoky flavor really jumps out. The finish has some more of the smokey/bourbon taste, the sweet malts, some dark fruit flavors, and some booze flavor, which all blend together and linger for a while. Excellent balance in the flavor.
M - Medium to medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Almost a bit think and creamy without being too viscous. The smokiness really coasts the mouth well. There is some nice alcohol sting on the tongue also.
D - Fairly drinkable. Knocking in at a relatively high 10.20 % abv, this is a fairly heavy beer and is best sipped. That being said, the booze flavors stay in check for high level and the flavor is just amazingly well balanced and complex. Excellent beer. Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Pours a brownish, dark maroon color. An off white, very light tan head that was relatively small and it didn’t have much retention. Might be because of the high ABV of this beer. Left some traces of lacing. The beer is predominately cloudy with some burnt orange highlights at the bottom. The aroma clearly had the characteristics of bourbon whiskey. A nice "woody" note also. This brew had a very pleasant burnt sugar, toffee, caramel malt smell. Maybe even a small touch of chocolate. It smells a little like those candy brown sugar "haystacks." Sorghum even. Very complex and balanced. The flavor revealed the bourbon whiskey once again, but it also had a brown sugar taste that gave it some sweetness. I swear it seems like I’m getting a slight touch of an orange slice taste. Small smattering of bitterness. Again, well balanced and complex. Medium/full mouthfeel with a significant alcohol burn and warmth. Leaves a tremendous amount on the palate. Well after the sip the flavor remains. It’s smoother than one might think and it is nicely dry all the way through. This beer is very, very nice. Lots of kick and a wonderful aroma and taste and mouthfeel. Most definitely a beer for sipping. The alcohol is prevelant, but it is surprisingly not distracting. It’s noticeable in the mouthfeel, but it’s not unbearable. After one of these I would more than likely be done. Not from lack of enjoyment, but lack of alcohol tolerance. crossovert (14152) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2017 12 oz brown stubby bottle. 2010 vintage.
It pours an extremely deep and dark plum color. Just sitting there it looks black. The head is thick and tightly foamed and has a bit of creaminess. It is off-white and sticks for a nice while before receding with some nice lacing.
The bourbon and oak dominate the smell, though you can smell traces of the scotch ale underneath. It has a subtle fruitiness that provides a bit of freshness to the tried and true bourbon oak scent.
The flavor is very smooth and nice. It has a rich flavor of buttery toffee that meshes very nicely with the bourbon. There are notes of vanilla and milk chocolate caramel as well. The 50 IBUs are nice and keep this one pretty balanced. The bitterness is slightly tannic with a good deal of woodiness, hops, and a slight roasty bitterness. the fruitiness isn’t as pronounced in the taste, but there is a nice bit of prune underneath it all that adds an extra layer of depth.
The mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied with an exquisite carbonation. It has an alcohoic punch but it isn’t overt.
After having Dirty Bastard I didn’t think this one would be this good, but this is exquisite.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-14-2010 22:01:28
JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Re-review. Had this a few times on draft since 2010 and bottle too, its always been pretty reliable. 355ml bottle. Hazy reddish brown pour with some orange hues. Head fizzles away quite quickly. Aroma woody bourbon caramel, creamy and oaky, lots of malt aroma. Flavor is intensely sweet and bittersweet, much more bitter than you would expect. Very tannic bitterness, lots of prickly carb, hint of soy, booze, thick. Not as good as I remember.
Sample from bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown, off-white head. Smoky roasted malts, sugar sweetness, chocolate, fruit, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. A better then average scotch ale. HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Got this as an extra in a trade. Very grateful for this one!! Pours a reddish brown with very little head with some spotty lacing. Smells of wet wood, toasted malt, and a little smokey chocolate. The taste is largely of whiskey, chocolate malts, and a little pepper. It was delicious from start to finish. Slightly over carbonated or I would have given it a 4. Very enjoyable!