ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAY 10, 2006
A strong aroma of caramel malt with hints of vanilla and oak greet the nose. The pour is a deep brown with reddish hues. There is no head. The flavor starts off with a caramel sweetness that grows with the flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. An alcohol warming quality is noticible in the finish. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Dark ruby color with only a slight beige head. Strong aroma of whisky when is first poured, after it sits awhile it smells more woody with some sweet malt in the background. Flavor is very woody with alcohol in the background. Disappointingly lacking in malt, sweetness and body. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Sampled at the Corkscrew, Urbana, during their weekly Sunday tasting. I’m really taken by the notes of nutmeg and vanilla in this one, from the nose to the palate. The bourbon barrels add to a solid old ale rather than detracting. There’s a good hop finish. What’s lacking here is a heavy mouthfeel, and more candided fruit and spice that I might expect from an old ale. Its certainly doesn’t try to be a barleywine, so in some sense, its kind of a novel beer. One doesn’t see many bourbon aged old ales. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2006
12 oz. bottle from Corkscrew in Urbana, courtesy of illini08, thanks Jeremy. pours a dark copper color with some reddish notes and a fast fading head. aroma and flavor is caramel malt, some spice and vanilla. a little bit astringent up front, probably from the alcohol, but overall very enjoyable. another winner from Founders. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2006
12 oz bottle. My 35th style! half way there. Almost clear dark amber. Dab of grey head remains. Dusty prune-sweet nose with some medicinal orange. Bananas in rum, cherries and butterscotch. Medium body with enough carb to hold down the sweeter side. Lingering finish yields candy complexities.
SpringsLicker (3644) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Medium brown body that sets up a finger sized head of tan.
Smooth and sweet with a bit of hop bitterness just showing at the finish. Medium body. This hides it’s alcohol well until you feel the flush. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
The beer poured a rusty red color with little head. The aroma was sweet with toffee, vanilla and wood. There was also some dankness that made me think of cellars. Nice aroma that I like in this type of beer. The taste was toffee with some herbs and a little medicine. There was also some leather in there. A good one I woudl love to try with more age on it. Dogbrick (13144) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06: Dark amber/brown color with a thin beige head that starts fizzy but calms quickly. Thin spotty lacing. Aroma of whisky, coconut and dark fruits. Rich, smooth body with pungent malt, bourbon and other spicy alcohol flavors. The finish is all coconut and whisky. Definitely different from the norm, and seems pretty raw all around. I would be curious to try an aged bottle. Dorwart (2595) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Thin dense beige head. Light carbonation. Interesting aroma with some spruce, flowers, sweet apple cider, caramel and lavender. Strangely floral. Dark copper brown in color. Malty and thick on the palate. More floral notes with some vanilla, spruce, alcohol and caramel. Slightly pasty in the mouth. Finish is creamy and smooth with a nice alcohol kick. A pretty good old ale with some interesting flavors and aromas. muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
12 oz bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (August 2006), consumed at cellar temperature from a Unibroue glass. A faint thin tan head tops hte muddy dark brown body, laces very little....raisins, licorice, lots of oaky vanilla and a redolence of spice shop (allspice, ginger, cardamom, etc) in the complex nose....burnt caramel and espresso character in the body, sweet only at the front and tending towards ashy, dry and bitter-harsh at the finish, light hints of alcohol....as it goes down and as it warms to room temperature, some sugars return to ward off the bitter attacks, Frangelico and Amaretto sensuous liqueur notes mmmm.....low carbonation, lightly sticky mouthfeel, very full and thick.