hotstuff (5258) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Rated on 8-16-2016 (Bottle) The appearance is a very small beige head that is fully lasting, amber body, fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma presents alcohol, spicy, fruity, vanilla, caramel, bready, and malt. The flavor presents alcohol, earthy, vanilla, toffee, spicy, bready, and caramel malt. The mouthfeel has a warming sensation lively carbonation. This beer is medium bodied. A quaffable sipping beer that is worth trying and a beer that I would drink again. thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Rating 5600! This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of frothy medium sized brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a opaque dark brown colored body and a oily lacing. The nice aroma was malty and bourbon. The thin mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering bourbon aftertaste. The ok flavor contained notes of roasted malt bourbon hops and malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again. daniele (9668) - ITALY - JUN 3, 2016
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Awesome taste. If there were such a thing as a sipping beer, I would have to say this was it! The depth of the bourbon, the malt complexities, amazing. When I opened the bottle and poured and there was little to no head on the beer, I first thought it was flat - not realizing the one-year rest in the barrel calmed it down and smoothed it out. phaleslu (10673) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2013
750 ml bottle from Crown in downtown Indianapolis. 2009 vintage. Blue wax. Pours a mostly clear tea-amber color with a small, wispy off-white head. Notes of bourbon are balanced so well with the base beer; caramel and toasted malts, vanilla, toasted brown sugar. Really nice. Light-medium bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Great beer.
Patrickctenchi (6732) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2012
750ml...2008 vintage...blue wax.
Pours cloudy tea brown, with the head also ice-tea-like foam....quick vanishing.
Aroma is sharp bourbon-soaked oak...big time.
Flavour is tart, dark fruit...a fermented blend....slight sour to sweet...strong alcohol presence.....malty.
A ton of wet wood and bourbon.
Very good, but did not seem to age smoothly....it’s rather harsh.
Grows more carmelized and thick as it warms.
A very weighty brew, to be sure.....very warming.....wish I had popped this one in December and drank it in the snow.
Overall, excellent....however, if you find one of these, have a friend or two to share it with....It’s a lot of beer by yourself. rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Dark amber with light head and lacing. Solid caramel and malt doppelbock, replacing the usual dark dried fruit and bread tastes with a nice hint of bourbon. Quite filling, but excellent. anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish fruity malty spicy grainy aroma with some weak woody hints. Sweetish malty grainy caramel flavor with hints of wood and some hints of dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty barrel woody finish. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle - shared by Dak last Spring - Pours a light brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet toasted caramel malt. Flavor is sweet malt, esters, faint bourbon, and a bit of vanilla. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Dak. brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
A: The pour is pretty much flat and amber in color with a small layer of off-white bubbles.
S: Is this beer sour? I get a lot of fruit notes, particularly tart cherries, red grapes, and raisins. There’s a nice oakiness to the nose which provides some vanilla, though not much bourbon. A slightly bready flavor, but not a lot of the caramel that I usually associate with a doppelbock.
T: There bourbon is certainly present on the tongue, providing some alcohol warmth and vanilla and oak flavors. More of the same in terms of the fruits with cherries, red grapes, raisins, and maybe even dates. A bit of molasses and brown sugar provide some malt flavor.
M: The body is on the thin side, like almost all of the barrel aged beers from Shorline. The carbonation is quite mild as well.
D: This beer was strange. It seems like there are some things potentially wrong with it, but I still quite liked the way it tastes.