fear025 (214) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Aroma:Caramel, bourbon, sweet malt. It smells rich and inviting.
Appearance:The beer is a dark caramel-brown color but not opaque. Low head and visible carbonation.
Taste:Caramel, malt, dark fruits, and bourbon flavors stand out nicely in this beer. There is a very nice sweetness.
Palate:The hot alcohol flavor stands out in this beer. The body is thick and syrupy. Low carbonation.
Overall:I really enjoyed this bourbon barrel old ale, it’s got everything I look for, and then some.
superspak (6363) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/8/2014. Pours hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, fig, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light chocolate, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle from notes. Dark garnet with a beige head. Dark sugar, toffee, vanilla and dried fruit. Smooth and delicious. neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
Bourbon barrel aged version. On tap at Short’s tap takeover at Churchkey in Washington DC, served in a snifter. Pours clear brandy with a small rim of bubbles and no head. The nose has fresh clean malts, along with delicate herbs. There is a hint of oak barrel, but it is very clean. The flavour is moderately sweet with malts, honey, grain and a touch of flowers. On the palate, it is medium in body with a silky smooth, syrupy texture. Overall, this is a decent strong ale, but the bourbon is not really apparent. 2012-06-09 fattybladdy (830) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle. Rich dark amber appearance with tan head. Big aroma, sweet red fruit, toffee, raisin. Dark fruit and red fruit in the taste - fig, raisin, plum, brown sugar, toffee, slightly sour berry. Pretty solid complex brew.
bpar73 (1214) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Caramel and malt with a touch of earthy sourness in the aroma and taste. SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Another from Shorts. This one pours a dark brown color tinted slightly red. Aroma is packed with sweet red apples. A dark caramel flavor with more apples and other fruits. Fig makes a big presence along with some other dark fruits. Good stuff. Bourbon version was better that I had at the brewery. But a good take on the style by Shorts. Might be nice to sit on some for a while. ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 15, 2012
On tap Birch & Barley Wash. DC. Pours a slightly cloudy caramel color with a small white foamy head that fades quickly. Aroma is rich, warm caramel malts with a slight woodiness and peat. Taste has some nutty malt and the essence of Bourbon and wood without the booziness. Light to medium body with low carbonation and very smooth.