hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Growler… O-Town Throwdown Part Tres… This beer rocks!… Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. No retention. The aroma is a malty, earthen marriage of tangy sourmash, oak, vanilla, toffee and caramel. Big, sweet, boozy, bourbon, caramel and malted grain flavor. Full-bodied and syrupy with prickly carbonation. Finishes sticky-sweet, bourbony and woodsy. Cheers to crizay for transporting and sharing his growler of this wonderful bourbon barrel-aged beer! crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours a dark mahogany with small cream head. Aroma is sweet with vanilla notes, oak, and you guessed it bourbon. Flavor is pretty sweet and sugary with light caramel, vanilla and lots of bourbon. The bourbon is pretty solid and is sweet but it does allow the other subtle flavors of the strong ale to come through. I’d say it’s very balanced with a thick mouthfeel and sweet smooth finish and the bourbon is never too much. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Big thanks to crizay for scoring this tasty growler and hauling it all the way down to Florida for the 3rd installement of the epic Orlando Throwdown tasting series. Pours dirty hazy amber brown with weak white head. The aroma is big with solid sweet bourbon and wood along with vague malt sweetness. The taste begins sugary sweet with malts that quickly becomes bourbon and wood but still the mild caramel candy and caramelized sweet malts are in control of the flavor. As the experience progresses the dry bourbon booziness grows into the finish with mild tannin and the remainder of the wood in tow. Nice barrel aged beer. If I had to be picky I’d say that it sort of over powers the base beer a bit too much. Still tasty though. MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2007
overall a very well balanced bourbon ale. a very sweet ale with caramel and nut flavors. low bitterness, but slight hop character gets through. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Thanx to Crizay for sharing this growler.This beer smelt like a desert more than beer.Nose was of cheesecake, sweet with graham crackers and butter.Flavor was sweet with shaved almonds.This finished off sweet like an almond liquor.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Sampled from growler @ OTTD 3, courtesy crizay. Poured a clear amber with bits of light white head. Candied plums, sweet malts, and a light herbal background scent. Taste has a jumbled character - mild start yields to a lot of spicy oak, bourbon and alcohol on the finish. The bourbon and alcohol muscle everything else around, but there was more to this than the typical all-bourbon showing. Hard to figure out. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Thanks to miketd for the growler of Rackhouse!! Plum color with almost no head. Aroma has a nice dose of bourbon with some vinous fruit. Flavor has a nice bourbon/wood flavor with hints of vinous fruits, alcohol (a bit too hot), and a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel should be better - heat and too much bourbon slightly detract from this. This is a decent base beer with a bit too much Barrel aging, although it is nice for when you’re in a bourbon mood. Nice to try, might be better if it aged a bit.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Growler. I love strange concoctions and this definitely fits the bill, but it in no way fits into any preconceived mold. A thick cloud descends on a murky rust brown body, a bold glow stuck inside the muddy blanket. A near-white head is thin and slowly recedes. The remaining foam looks like soap swirls in a mudbath. The nose is filled with spicy wood and a glassful of bourbon - so much bourbon in fact, I’d be somewhat surprised if any non-Bourbon-drinker moved past this stage thinking this was a treat in the making. This is whiskey accentuated by beer, not the other way around. Alcohol is formidable, but is counterbalanced by mild smoke and spice and waves of wood. A touch of yeast is noted. The flavor raises the issue of possible overproduction or careless aging to a minor degree. Vanilla is extracted in great detail from the woodiness. Bourbon still reigns supreme and smashes everything that nears it. Sweetness is high, as is the warming afterglow of retronasals and speedy sipping. The finish is bold and spicy, all previous whiskey elements accounted for. The body is full, sharp and prickly, lightly tannic. Very good, for the Bourbon enthusiast anyhow. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Date: 11/17/2007Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Source: Tasting, Throwdown 3
muddy brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace,
sweet dark caramel and chocolate aroma with a nice touch of bourbon,
rich chocolate and caramel flavor, lots of balancing bourbon character, sweet vanilla brings out the chocolate and caramel,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Dark brown, no head. Aroma was mildly sweet with a hint of vegetable. Flavor was astringent, alcohol and that hint of vegetable again. Astringency lingered unpleasantly. While not a bad beer, I found it a little odd.