shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a nice amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Flavor is is nutty, toast, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. aracauna (3745) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
First, I should say that this is an enjoyable beer. The bourbon barrel comes across more like a wave of vanilla than alcohol. Really nice. The main fault is that the base beer isn’t big enough to hold its own. There’s a bit of malt sweetness, but mostly it’s lost under the barrel. SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 23, 2009
congratulations ABC! really exciting to see something like this. 22oz bottle. clear deep brownish/ruby under a small head. aroma is pure woody bourbon barrel with touches of vanilla. the palate is a bit thin. heavy on the bourbon barrel and woody notes. some balanced vanilla creaminess to sweeten it a bit. it actually goes down quite smooth. just wasn’t my thing this time. hopefully we will see more interesting projects from them soon. redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
thanks to Ron Raike for sharing this after a beer dinner. Rich vanilla bourbon aromas. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin white head. Rich vanilla oak flavors, smooth bourbon, caramelly malts with some molasses. The beer is pretty light in flavor so the barrel and bourbon really come through. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Pours a deep, clear copper with a small beige head that recedes very quickly and leaves a tiny ring around around the edge and no lacing.
The aroma is big on bourbon barrel - it’s super sweet with vanilla and bourbon. There are some sweet caramel malts and nutty hints in the background but they’re secondary to the bourbon.
The taste is a bit more balanced for me with the sweetness of the caramel malts coming out more prominently. There is a light hoppy presence up front but it’s all about the bourbon barrels in the finish with vanilla, bourbon and oak dominating the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is slick and moderately carbonated with the barrel presence dominating - a big bourbon burn in the finish.
Despite the huge bourbon dominance, this one is fairly drinkable and I applaud ABC for brewing something both original and very tasty. Keep it up guys.
mcrowther (50) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Agree with the previous rater- this is tasty but the the bourbon is slightly too upfront which hides the maltiness that a brown should have a bit too much. Still a solid effort. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Green’s on Ponce. Can’t believe they actually brewed a beer like this. A tad bit expensive, but I’ll survive. Didn’t have that viscous pour I was looking for, but it is dark brown with some hints of red. Translucent brew. The beer is VERY aromatic. The bourbon aging made this thing just aromatic. Notes of wood, vanilla, and bourbon are all coming through. Not really much to say about the aroma in terms of hops or malts. I love the bourbon aroma, which is why this one gets a high score. Beer is relatively creamy, but in absolute terms not so much. I was expecting more body than this. Flavor is following the aroma perfectly i.e. bourbon, vanilla sweetness, and wood. Also there is this slight coconut aroma/flavor as well. Don’t know where that came from, but I can taste it. Overall, a nice offering from ABC, but the malts and hops are overshadowed by the bourbon. Happy Anniversary.