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 (1604) - 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 (2813) - 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 (1705) - Houston not near Beersel., Texas, 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. Tmoney99 (15114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle 2009. Pours a hazy brown color with a moderate rocky off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy dark fruit, bourbon and malt aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Full complex bourbon and toffee malt with a long complex finish with a small alcohol bite of long duration. This is a standout brew.
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2011
2009 Vintage. Pours deep, dark, almost opaque but with deep ruby coming through when held up to the light. Incredibly active carbonation, there’s an incessant stream of bubbles coming off my glass’ laser etchings at a high rate of speed. The aroma is bourbon, tons and tons of bourbon. It’s hard to get much beyond that. All the rich complexity of Old Stock doesn’t stand up to the bourbon bomb that this puppy is. Huge warming burn on the finish, lingering astringency, incredibly sweet and syrupy, extremely zippy from the high carbonation. As it opens up, which you should give it time to, it does begin to lose some its unruliness. Caramel, burnt marshmallow, toffee flavors are there, hiding behind the bourbon. It’s good, it’s just not remotely $22 good. It’s not even $10 good. It’s a huge let down for a beer at this price. Dinging this one points on the overall due both to the messy nature of the tastes and palate and the price point this one’s at. For $22 for 500ml, this better be the best bourbon strong ale I’ve ever tasted. It’s not. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2011
2009 bottle. Beautiful ruby-copper pour with a small, loose, short-lived, off-white head. Rich, sugary sweet caramel and dark fruit aroma with plenty of alcohol, some anise and tobacco, sligthly smoky bourbon, mellow vanilla, and oak. The flavor is big and rich with lots of caramelized fig, raisins, cognac, and molasses. The bourbon comes across the finish very smoothly with lots of creamy vanilla, long oak notes, and a touch of smokiness on the finish. Sticky, medium body with moderate carbonation. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle shared with Frostyone. Pours garnet with a non dense large bubble head with zero lace. Aroma is complex with large notes of bourbon, sherry, wood, red wine, plums, raisins, dried cherries, wood, earthy hops, whiskey, and pure kentucky bourbon. Taste is sweet malts, bourbon, charred oak, soy sauce, vanilla, some ginger finishes sweet. Warm alcohol finishes off. slick on the palate with enough carbonation to make it lively. Warms the stomach. Very wonderful barley wine. extremely complex and the bourbon really sets it off. I will savor.