mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 21, 2010
Pours a red body, and settled fast. This beer almost smells like dessert. All kinds of different smells. Caramel is what hit me the most, but there was definitely vanilla and bourbon present as well.
Much sweeter than expected, but it was really well balanced. hints of chocolate, but caramel is definitely present. The finish had a distinct bourbon flavor.
I will have to stock up on this one, before I can’t find it anymore. Cybercat (6048) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Pours a dark, hazy coppery brown with a fairly thick buff-colored head that sticks around for a little bit. Aroma is malty and crispy fruity with a little bit of a brandy-like bite to it. Flavor is malty, woody and a little smoky with a fruity, brandy-ish undertone, a subtle (though sometimes not so subtle) alcohol nip, and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is very smooth, yet tingly and edgy enough so you know that it is indeed beer. Mungular (48) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Aging a beer in bourbon barrels is a good way to make me love it. Red Brick did not disappoint with this incredible brew. Guyute_Pig (103) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2010
22oz bottle, nice red copper pour, I get slight vanilla and strawberry on the nose. Full-bodied beer with a rich caramel, vanilla, strawberry candied green apple taste. Bourbon is present throughout and finishes moderately sweet with caramel apple. I think this is an excellent representation of a well treated ale. Re-buy for me. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2010
bottle thanks to BS, pours brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is all barrel, oak, vanilla, light sweet bourbon tones. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, dark fruit, and strong vanilla and wood with only light whiskey notes. Very well done.
hopscotch (11182) - 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! SpringsLicker (3666) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Pours a clear dark brown with a fleeting tan head.
Aroma of dark caramel, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate.
The flavors follow the aroma. Over all, lightly sweet with no hops.
A bit more body would help this, but it’s well done just as it is.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrewsdeyholla (12038) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 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.
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. ChainGangGuy (4920) - 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!