markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Brandy barrel brown ale. Pours dark mahogany color with a thin tan head. Nose is slight coffee, toasted malts, booze, and some subtle brandy. The brandy neither batters you, nor pushes, it introduces itself like an old friend you have been longing to see. Flavor lets out some malts and some earth with coffee, but the brandy is the star here. Very balanced, not forward or fancy, simply conversational. This one makes the drinker ponder and search, and rewards the time spent pondering and searching. Enjoyable, in fact the only lament is the empty bottle. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Poured from a growler into a snifter. Big thanks to Ryan for sharing this one. Bourbony aroma with a touch of roasted nuts. Flavor isn’t overly boozy even though the ABV is 9.5%. Well balanced and easily drinkable. StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Awesome beer. Pours a deep brown with a hint of red and minimal lacing. Aroma is wood, dark & red fruit, a touch of nuts, smoke, and vanilla. Flavor is very nice, a great velvet texture that hits a nice balance between bitterness and savoriness. Very, very nice. JStax (7132) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Poured on draft. Appearance is a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is a beautiful combination of brandy, oak, caramel, and molasses. Taste is much the same with an elegantly flowing of nuances to a brandy-esque finish. Kick-ass beer. alexsdad06 (10672) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Draft at Jackie O-s. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma shows caramel wood, brandy, dark fruits and some roast. The flavors are similar with caramel, brandy, dark fruits, a hint of red grapes, roast and wood. This would be a problem if it were bottled or canned; very drinkable.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
On tap at Jackie O’s last weekend.
Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a good light tan head. Head is short-lasting, but leaves a touch of lacing and ends in a thin collar. The nose is really nice. From the start, there are notes of brandy and oak, which play really nicely along with the sweet malt. Along with there is some caramel and brown sugar. Good malt character to back up the strong barrel flavors. Brandy notes are nice and mellow without being harsh, even though they’re fairly strong. The brandy and oak pick up very well in the flavor with only a smidgeon of booze. Nice and full body with good carbonation. Another big hit.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-05-2011 egajdzis (6709) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Hazy brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brandy, caramel, vanilla, sherry, dark fruits, wood, nuts, and light alcohol. Taste of oxidation, brandy, dark fruits, caramel, wood, vanilla, and light alcohol in the finish. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
draft at the release... this was the star of the day, perfectly balance barrel aged beer that shows off the spirit but still has the base come through... excellent ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Dark brown pour with a fluffy beige head. Aroma yields brandy, oak, toffee, and molasses.Flavor follows suite with an aggressive brandy finish. heavy roast aftertaste, on the verge of being smokey. Great example that really showcases the brandy barrel. Dogbrick (13564) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Sample at Jackie O’s as part of Ohio Brew Week. Pours cola-colored with a thin off-white head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon and roasted malt. Rich and smooth body with flavors of brandy-infused chocolate, caramel and malt. The finish is malty with a roasted nut and dark fruit aftertaste. Above average overall.