emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2013 AWint (5) - Albemarle, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tons of bourbon flavor for relatively low gravity beer. Very smooth and a bit sweet, quite nice.
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On tap at Milltown. Pours a soft copper amber with a generous 2 finger creamy sandstone tan head. A light sweetness shows in the nose with a touch of apple skins and wood. Bourbon is strong in the flavor with some toasted and cracker-y notes and a touch of sweetness. Toasted coconut and vanilla show from the wood with the bourbon more in the front than the back of the mouth. Light bodied and crisp. This stayed together better than I expected for the age it is. Pretty nice. beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2012
On tap at Tyler’s Durham. Hazy amber pour with a thin off white head. Scent is sweet malts, fruit and booze. Taste is fruity, booze and grainy. rdixon77 (3011) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2012
A bourbon aged lager? Had to try. A murky yellow color with not too much head. The taste and aroma were definitely boozy bourbon. Very sweet and smooth for barrel-aged. I am not sure lager is the best barreling vehicle, but I thought this one was very tasty and different. Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Draft at busy bee. Hazy amber orange with no head. Has a funny aftertaste. Not. Lager fan. Smell the yeast over the Jim beam. Not a good sign.
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sample at Brewvival on 2/25/12. copper pour with a white head. bourbon nose with vanilla notes. med body with sweet caramel malt notes followed by light bourbon. sweet finish with caramel and light fruit esters with lingering oak. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Draft at Brewvival 2012. Pours a slightly hazy amber with nearly no head. Aroma of whisky, coconut, wood, honey and apple. The taste is apple, whisky and grainy malts. Medium bodied. durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 On tap at the brewery. Pours light, clear amber-orange like the base beer, with perhaps a slightly smaller head? The booze really takes this over in a pretty weird way, bringing out the sour sharpness of the Elijah Craig (that’s what the version I had was aged in) more than more subtle or expected notes. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2011
On tap at the anniversary party, which was slammed and unpredictable (WTF with Traction Engine kicking in under 3 minutes?!?). The relatively yeasty character of the base beer, which is usually quite enjoyable, isn’t necessarily done any favors by the barrel. Soft wood and booze in the nose alright, but the taste is a bit undone since the combination lends things an overall mild tartness which only halfway works. Still, glad to see FS working it out with the experiments. jtd6628 (362) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2011
A nice variant of an already classic sweetish lager. Barrel taste wasn’t overbearing, added a nice smokey-tasting finish in addition to the bourbon aroma