bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2010
(Draught) Pours a deep amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor of chocolate, caramel malt, bread, vanilla, bourbon, oak, nuts, and toasted coconut. hopscotch (11486) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Hazy dirty-orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is a fusion of coconut, caramel and copper or nickel. Full-bodied with a fizzed-up mouthfeel. The flavor is of rich, sweet gobs of caramel, a jar full of fresh vanilla beans and a sprinkle of shaved coconut. Finishes moderately sweet and very caramely. World class beer! ChainGangGuy (4949) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Appearance: Pours up a deep, dark ruby-hued body with a bubbly, light khaki-colored head that settles out fairly quickly.
Smell: Sweet-scented aroma smelling of caramel candy, vanilla extract, toasted wood planks, dark fruits, and bourbon with some faint wafting alcoholic tones.
Taste: Sweet taste of light chocolate and caramel liqueur dosed with vanilla extract and smoothed over with a sip of coconut cream. Some toasty dark breadiness lurking in there. Fairly well-balanced bourbon flavor; it’s just enough, really. Raisiny fruitiness comes and goes. Warming, bourbony finish with a lingering sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I enjoyed it fairly well. It’s about as ’easily’ drinkable as a bourbon-aged beer can be, really. At this rate, he’s looking forward to the next anniversary release in 2024! CentennialMan (4) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2010 does not count
22 oz bottle, poured into pints, shipped from a friend in Atlanta (a damn good friend for sending this beer). Dark amber in color, sweet smell with bourbon, vanilla and a hint of molasses. Taste: Delicious. Starts with malty sweetness, transitions smoothly to bourbon and alcohol, then finishes nicely with a balance of hops, bourbon and alcohol. A complex beer that’s balanced very well. We love you more, bob.... Note: aged in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels (a damn good bourbon) deyholla (12663) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Sampled at the January ’10 Metro Detroit tasting. I remember this one, thanks northernbrews! Poured a hazy brown with a red tint. The head was thick and brown. Aroma had notes of bourbon, chocolate malt and just a slight bit of oak perhaps. Flavor was nice with notes of chocolate malt a more subdued bourbon. I picked up a hint of vanilla that was nice.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrewsGachupines (1252) - USA - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists bourbon, vanilla, sour oak, light chocolate. It pours a transparent brownish-orange with a small off white head. The flavor starts with light caramel and vanilla. The finish has light bourbon and some sour oak. Light bodied with minimal carbonation and somewhat soft mouthfeel.
Light brown with little off white head. Aroma is some vanilla along with some bourbon. Flavor is also strongly like bourbon with some vanilla aftertaste. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Overall, pretty solid, definitely strong on the bourbon side though. rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
The body was semi-translucent and reddish brown in color . The head was small in size and disappeared to form a thin blanket of bubbles soon after pouring. The smell was malt driven, with overtones of chocolate and figs. The taste was dominated by the bourbon barrel aging with vanilla and oak very apparent. The body was a bit thin, but worked with the overall approachable nature of this beer. A bit one dimensional. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Name: 15th Anniversary
Date: December 16, 2009
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark copper, wispy off white head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma, nice bourbon character, light alcohol fumes, hint of oak
Flavor: sweet vanilla and caramel flavor, nice bourbon, touch of chocolate
Overall: very well balanced, mild yet full of flavor
Name: 15th Anniversary
Date: January 11, 2011
Source: cellar stock
picking up a light lactic tartness in the aroma and flavor that diminishes the sweetness of the bourbon and caramel, time to drink up the rest of the stock,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
22oz bomber. Pours a clear reddish brown with subtle haze and deep ruby highlights. The head pours medium in size and light tan in color and disappears slowly. The aroma is strong with Bourbon whiskey. Beneath the whiskey, notes of chocolate-covered raisins can be found. After the whiskey and chocolatey-fruity notes, a distinct smell of wood - oak and the subtle vanilla-like tones that go with it. The wood smell is a mesmerizing complement to the booze and malt-ester aromas that form a rather alluring aroma overall. The flavor follows the aroma - Bourbon at first, which subsides to reveal a complex combination of chocolatey malts and lots of oak. At mid-tongue is a pleasant balance of malt sweetness, chocolate, fruity esters, and soft whiskey+alcohol. The finish is a funky and fruity blend of sweet malts, Bourbon, and lots of oak. The mouthfeel is full in body and lightly bubbled (slightly under-carbonated). Overall, a very interesting beer. It is a bit strong in the Bourbon and wood departments, but still a very tasty and complex beer.