xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Aroma is fucking amazing: tons of bourbon, sweet fruit, some hops, tons of caramel malt.... woah. And some cotton candy.
Taste is cotton candy, caramel, vanilla, grainy malts, bourbon, faded hops, and some more alcohol.
Damn, this beer is verging on over the hill, but if it is anything, it’s at its peak.
Finishes alcoholic, sweet, and caramelly goodness. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Dark pour with a little off white head. Aroma of bourbon and dried fruits. Lots of sweetness and vanilla and oak. Flavor is similar. Bourbon is kept in check by strong sweetness of the fruits. Thick mouthfeel, some carbonation. I’m a bit let down because it’s a tad to sweet and one-dimensional, but it’s still pretty solid. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
pours dark red no head, nose bourbon and dark fruit, alcohol and
vanilla. flavor is bourbony dark fruit, pitty and vanilla, good stuff. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival on September 16, 2010. Aroma is definitely of the wood-aged variety. Black, semi-translucent with a yellowy-brown head. Aroma is actually very strong, could be too strong, but I’m not going that far. Flavor is amazing - it’s almost fruity. Can’t taste much of the wood/barrel in the flavor as it’s been masked by the bourbon. Holy cow... this is some good freaking beer. I almost want to say there’s a bit of sourness to this (guess I did). A little hard to finish, this is a very strong-palated (and bodied) beer. blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2010
thanks to northernbrews, ruby and brown colored pour with no head, caramel and bourbon aroma with a flavor of hot vanilla, cocoa, butter, caramels and a little hot on the finish
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/17/2010. This barley wine pours a eclipse black color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit and raisins. A medium to full bodied barley wine. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet, raisins and wood. The hops are floral and herbal. Very full mouthfeel, nearly thick. Very smooth tasting. Touch of alcohol at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Sampled at GABF! Dark chestnut pour with a crimson hue and small eggshell head. Lots of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and roasted malt accompany dark fruit. Moderate carbonation consistent with the style. Pretty enjoyable brew...that’s what I’m talkin’ bout and expect from them! mar (5444) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
handbottle thanks to northernbrews. poured a deep brown with ruby highlights. nose is bourbon, vanilla, licorice, and caramel. thick on the palate, sticky caramel, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, and syrup. brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
A: The pour is very dark brown with some hints of red and a thin layer of khaki/tan colored foam.
S: There is a ton of -bal on this one. Lots of great vanilla, oak, and bourbon. A nice chocolately note along with some brown sugar and licorice.
T: Things stay the same for the most part on the palate. The bourbon is again the dominant feature and perhaps even more so than in the nose. Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and licorice round things out.
M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation, which I’m guessing is partially by design and partially from the growler.
D: It’s nice to have a more "straight forward" beer from Shorts, and this one was very well done. Not overly sweet or boozy, just very nice. dchmela (3084) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Tasted at DDOS tasting. Dark brown pour. Huge vanilla, oak, malt aroma. Smooth malt, oak, vanilla sweetness in the taste.