timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2012 Ar: Nose dominated by bourbon, oak to follow - floral hop notes and alcohol
Ap: Hazy dark amber, almost brown - frothy white head
T: Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon - strong hops, caramel malts
P: Full bodied, warmth from bourbon, decent carbonation
O: Bourbon dominates so not incredibly balanced, though that is what I was looking for. Really great beer, fun to have side-by-side with original Fred. DocLock (10830) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Shared bottle from Craft via PUB’R. Hazy brownish black pour with tan head. Nose was heavy bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla. Tasted rich, complex, with oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark malt, and an incredibly complex finish. A bit hotter than the regular version, and simply the best. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood 09. My favorite from the night, sipped alongside Alan himself. Reddish-orange pour, with a small head. Huge, sticky-sweet aroma - like an old Doggie Claws with a nice bit of bourbon sweetness thrown in. *Huge* mouthfeel - this stuff is seriously thick. So many layers in it, it’s hard to describe. Bourbon, fruit and other malts, with a good amount of hops sitting under it. Huge, and utterly delicious. ration (2253) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2012
Pours amber red with a minimal head. Aroma american hops, plumes. In the best possible way. Not Bad. AdamChandler (5113) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
"Had this at a tasting tonight. 2011 edition poured into a Riedel Snifter compliments of Sam Adams.
A - No head at all. The color looked just like a bourbon. Nut brown color with little fingers on the edges of the glass. Is this bourbon or beer?
S - Candy, sugar, oak, bourbon and bread. The smell is really phenomenal! Pulls you right in.
T - Bourbon, Mango, Brown Sugar and a TON of apples! I’m thinking Granny Smith.
M - No carbonation and pretty thick
O - I LOVED this beer. I’m going to give it a rating that alters the overall score and I feel bad about that but this beer really impressed me. The bottle was simply too small. If you LOVE bourbon, buy this and open fresh. Don’t bother aging it."
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
2012 bottle enjoyed at brewery. Pours a cloudy burnt orange with an airy white cap that settles to a thick roped edge. Aroma of bourbon, candi, oak, fruit, juice. Taste is sweet, tangy. Silky mouthfeel from a medium carbonated level. This beer is amazing. KyotoLefty (10523) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2009
Draught at the brewery. Thanks, Alan.
1 year in bourbon barrels. Slightly darker than usual. Slightly sour, with big vanilla, bourbon, oak. Fabulously smooth and fragrant. A big beer that has taken on the bourbon characteristics very well. Well done!
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Thanks amtran87! Amazing beer! Its sweet and boozy and woody and wonderful. One of my favorite barrel aged beers ever. beernbourbon (1596) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012 Bottle shared by jckp64 at STL bbbb. Pour is really beautiful. It looks like butterscotch- deep slightly cloudy orange/ copper with only a few bubbles. Aroma is loaded with butterscotch, faint brown sugar, a touch of bourbon, light vanilla, and faint caramel malt. Flavor is much sweeter than expected up front with a potent raw sugar note up front. Then the magic happens...finish is so long and buttery butterscotch smooth. Man, it lasts forever and it it so enticing. The initially cloying sweetness is more than made up for by the incredible finish. Great stuff. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Oh boy, is this a good beer, a little darker than the original Fred with a lot of bourbon aroma, and the taste just has more bourbonny goodness. Lucky enough to have it on draft at the source. Awesome!