high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
A thick, black body and a very small tan head. A complex aroma, with malt, hops, smoke, and bourbon. The taste has a lot going on, with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a finishing kick from the bourbon with a velvety mouth feel. thebrymanosu (39) - - JAN 4, 2014
I like the fact that you can taste the base beer and can enjoy the malt complexity of the beer. Not overly boozy. I like this beer quite a bit. crusianbeer (116) - Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Pours like.. coke. seriously, this thing has large bubbles and looks like coca cola, except with less head.
smells like a vanilla, chocolate, oakey, with a hint of bourbon. Honestly, if you put this under my nose and I was blindfolded, I wouldn’t think it was a beer. probably something out of a gourmet chocolatier or something.
taste is actually pretty damn good. to say I am shocked is an understatement. A lot of smooth oak vanilla, some chocolate, and a tiny bit of bourbon. this is quite amazing from Rahr.
mouthfeel is spot on for what it needs to be, I think if it was thicker it wouldn’t be as good, and I like the thick ass stouts. but a nice medium body has this covered.
overall this is quite amazing. I am absolutely shocked. Rahr is known for mediocrity, and this is far far from it. I look forward to some other things they may put out at this kind of quality. Cheers Rahr, and congrats! kevinator (2702) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Very nice. Two fingers of foam that quickly disappated. Strong but not overpowering bourbon on the nose and mouth. The color reminded me of Coke with a medium thickness in the mouth. A very pleasant after dinner choice while sitting back and watching a movie. Not too heavy on the alcohol presence, which can occassionally occur with these barrel aged types. Limited and in high demand, so pick one up if you find it. Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
At bottle shop during Scott’s birthday. Pours black nice thin head. Aroma is thin, but malt, nutmeg spice, bourbon, smooth. Very small milky note. Taste is nice smooth silky full bodied toasty warm.
drowland (9048) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
1/15/11. Bottle thanks to Cavie! Mild buttery coconut aroma with vanilla, wood, and sweet caramel. Sweet malty caramel flavor that finishes with smooth coconut and vanilla. This is a perfect example of nice, tasty, moderately subtle barrel aging. Good stuff for sure! fletchfighters (1571) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled a near black with touches of red at the top of the head. Short lived light brown head but better looking film I think. A dirty off white film. On swirling get one finger but quickly goes back to film. A couple of spots here and there but not a lot of any significant lacing.
S-- Crazy good nose. Got bourbon, vanilla, Oak, dark fruits (mostly raisin), and warm butterscotch. Very well balanced smell on this. Bourbon is quite soft but well done.
T-- Vanilla, raisin, butterscotch, oak and slight hints of bourbon. Solid tasting.
M-- Medium to low carbonation and medium bodied. A little spicy in the mid palate. Raisin, vanilla and bourbon dominated. Not very syrupy or sweet. Pick up the alcohol in the back of the mouth but just in fits of warmth and spiciness. A couple of thin gaps here and there, also a little bit of watery gaps. Both in mid palate. Also pick up some grape notes to this. Has some cola qualities to this.
O--- very nice beer Metallion66 (104) - - DEC 23, 2013
Has an intoxicatingly beautiful aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Taste is actually very reminiscent of Firestone Walkers Velvet Merkin. Very excellent brew.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone beerlover503a (28) - Alabama, USA - SEP 25, 2017
Enjoying a few local brews while in Texas and this one definately stands out. Very big beer with great bourbon taste. So good I think I am going to have a second. Someone call me an Uber. Ferris (16486) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Very strong bourbon and equally strong chocolate. Jet black with a rich white head. Toffee and chocolate with tons of depth and complexity. Very well balanced with not too much bourbon or booze in the taste. Great beer.