MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2011
bottle thanks to bleeng. Newer version. Shared at the January Houston RB Tasting. Pours black with off-white bubbles in lieu of head. Nose is of bourbon, vanilla and molasses. Taste is of vanilla and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium. Good, but not great. Not near as good as the brandy version. douglas88 (9508) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Awesome bottle thanks to Eric. An odd brown colored bottle. 2009 vintage. Pours a murky brown color with a small white head. A wonderful nose; hot sweet bourbon, massive malts, sugary and dusty. A rich dry flavor of bourbon, vanilla and woody, some heat, but still very drinkable. A very dusty dry barley wine. The barrel is done just right. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
2009 Vintage. Really enjoyed this one although it is definitely a sipper. Chestnut pour with a crimson hue. This one is filled with caramel, loads of brown sugar, vanilla bean, bourbon, and a hint of wood. Sweet but not eye-crossingly so. The flavors of bourbon were ever present and distinguishable but the beer was not at all "hot". Complex and well done. JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2009 Vintage. Dark red/brown pour. Sweet caramel malt, plum, dried apple, raisin, oak, vanilla, bread, and rich bourbon flavor. Mmmm this is good, too expensive though. jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2011
bottle shared by beernbourbon. Thanks Vince! Pours reddish brown with very little head. Aroma is all about vanilla with hints of bourbon and caramel. Taste is malty caramel, bourbon and vanilla. Overall a great beer.
beernbourbon (1596) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle. Pour is deep rich reddish brown with no head. Aroma is vanilla, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, coconut, vanilla, and light fruit. Flavor is beautiful warm caramel malt, rich vanilla, light fruit, light alcohol, and faint coconut. this is really good. Very well rounded and smooth. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2011
2009 vintage, consumed fresh:
Pours a deep, dark ruby red color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger fizzy, light beige head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
Amazing aroma with lots of sweet bourbon, earthy oak, vanilla and marshmallow along with lots of earthy, leathery malt notes. Hints of toffee, caramel and hazelnut sweetness along with subtle booze. The barrel aging has done wonders for the nose of this beer and instead of smelling like a complete bourbon bomb, there is a lot of complexity. I smelled this beer for several minutes before taking the first sip. Amazing!
Soft carbonation up front with a silky medium body that has a complex flavor profile, slight alcohol heat and subtle warmth in the finish. As in the aroma, the barrel aging is prominent in the flavor. Lots of earthy oak, vanilla and prominent bourbon without being hot. Although the bourbon flavor is there it doesn’t burn your chest or overpower the other characteristics. Lots of earthy, leathery malt with hints of toffee, hazelnut, caramel and biscuit. Sweet alcohol and dark fruit notes, mostly raisin, date, fig and plum. As mentioned above, there is only slight heat/warmth and the ABV of this beer is incredibly well masked. At this young of an age I was expecting this to be a complete boozy, bourbon bomb. Instead, it is a complex, flavorful, well balanced and quaffable barrel aged beer. I’m really looking forward to trying the brandy version and the earlier bourbon vintage. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2011
January Houston Tasting. Thanks to bleeng. Pours a dark caramel with no head. Nose of caramel, whiskey and bread. Flavor is nice and rich, with caramel and a nice whiskey flavor. Good carbonation, maybe a touch too much heat. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2011
2009 bottle shared at the January Houston RB tasting. Light brown and clear. Very bourbon tasting, way too thin, harsh. Whiskey with beer added. Nice nose though! dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle pours burnt copper with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of
bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, dried fruit and a touch of oak. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of fig and molasses. Overall body is moderate to full with a moderate to heavy bourbon presence.