Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
The awesome aroma is sweet brown ale malts with dominant cashew in the nose, WOW!. It pours medium amber brown with a very light almost nonexistent head. The flavor is a sweet, nutty, boozy imperial brown ale with an almost sweet liqueur syrupy body. The maple notes help with the booze to round out this amazing beer. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Draft at Great Taste. Pours a translucent brown with red at the edges and a fizzy head. Nose is pretty neutral, some cocoa and some faint mapley notes. A bit nutty as well. On taste, it fails because it is underbodied. With more mouthfeel, this would be a much better beer. As it stands, there is a faint cashew note and cocoa, but the abv is too high and the barrel seems to wash out the base beer. Needs work. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep brown colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light brownish beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing throughout. Gorgeous looking beer. Aroma is quite nice. Lots of nutty bourbon, smooth oak, sweet caramel, brown sugar and maple, a soft vanilla, a hint of roast, and a touch of chocolate. Excellent, well balanced barrel-aged aroma. Flavor is similar. Lots of smooth maple and nuts up front with a sweeter caramel and very nice bourbon-vanilla. Sweetness grows a bit in the middle with some oak coming in along with a hint of roast. Finishes very smooth and pretty sweet with lots of nuts, a pleasant vanilla-bourbon-oak, some maple, a few dark fruit notes, a touch of roast, and just the slightest hint of alcohol warmth. Very light bitterness that slowly dries and leaves a pretty lengthy aftertaste. Medium, very smooth and creamy body with a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, an excellent beer. Great aroma and fairly sweet flavor with lots of nuts and a pleasant balance between the caramel and bourbon-vanilla-oak. Damn good. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Draft on tap at Great Taste of the Midwest 2011 (Madison, WI). Pours a nice deep reddish brown hue, a light haze as a healthy glow gets through. A frothy small tannish head dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are nutty, some toffee, brown malts, bread, and toast. Some wet oak, vanilla, not spirity with a nice deeper dark sweet malt. Initial is earthy nuts, tobbacco, touches of dry barrel tannins, wet oak, toffee, maple and vanilla. Some toast, dry and nutty, caramel, a lot of toasted caramel, a bit hot abv wise but not from the barrel. Kinda a mess, with some dry boozy finish. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
On tap at the Founders brewpub. Pours a clear brown, minimal head. Aroma of strong sweetness, alcohol, nuts, maple syrup, mild cocoa. Flavor is horrendous. Cloying sweetness, weird nuts, cocoa. Tons of alcohol. Slick body, heavy carbonation. Hard to choke this one down. I’m disappointed.
Tmoney99 (14948) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2011
MBGSF 2011. Poured dark brown with a moderate frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, maple wood with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy maple sweet flavor with a heavy complex sweet finish of long duration. This is a another standout beer in this barrel series.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2011
On tap at Founders in Grand Rapids. Big, luscious, velvety, nutty, oaky, sexy. Really a quality imperial brown ale here. The pour was pretty, with a big, creamy, lush, silky, deep cream head, and deep mahogany. A thick, yet delicate aroma. Wood and nuts are the main players. Also, rich toffee, sweet dark malts, a earthy/leafy bitter, and slight honey wine. All notes in the nose blend together nicely. The feel is thick and creamy, but more than that. More like rich, velvety smooth, with many strong, distinguishable flavors, and balanced just slightly toward the sweet side. Sweet, rich toffees, bourbon, nutty cookies, almonds, cashews, dates (sort of like a Lara Bar), other dark fruits, and earthy wood. It finishes with dark fruits, nuts, and creamy toffee. This was far and away the standout on a 3 state, 10 brewery, beer road trip. Really, really good. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2011
On tap at Founders brewery. Murky brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, nuts, malt, cashews and light wood. Taste is excellent with cashew, light oak, brown sugar, nuts, sweet malt and mild alcohol. A touch of artificial sweetness detracts a bit, but this beer is good shit! adrian910ss (2592) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUL 30, 2011
# 2050. On draft at Capones. Pours a deep dark maple brown color with a medium sized light beige head. Aroma of cashews, pecans, light maple syrup, vanilla and toasted malts. Taste of cashews, pecans, maple syrup, toasted malts and bourbon ?? Cashews stand out in the aftertaste. Very nice. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Draft at Mi Beer Fest. Nice brown color, light head. Amazing cashew aroma - no question about this. The nut permeates the taste and then it transitions to a strong bourbon in the mouth. A good interesting beer, but I would keep to small doses.