BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Reviewed at the 2007 Strong Ale festival
A- Clear light orange hue, thin white head is mostly dissipating, light lacing
S- Wonderful bourbon and wood aromas dominate, tones of smokey malts, oak wood, cherries, vanilla, dark fruits
T- Initial taste is vanilla and oak, a range of fruit tones appear midway, taste is somewhat diluted and a let-down given the amazing aromas
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, light carbonation
D- Easy-to-drink ale, unfortunately the wood aromas over-ride the core malts and hops, taste doesn’t keep pace with the aroma Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
On tap at O’brien’s. Pours with an amber-brown body topped by a thin to medium thick head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet with nice oaky, vanilla notes, a little malt and a nice hoppiness. A touch of frutiy alcohol esters show through. Full bodied, warming and smooth. wetherel (1893) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Tried a pint from tap at Obriens. From my notes and the current 4.26 rating from 5 people, I’m going to make it more difficult to be in the top 50/100. Looks like the keg was just tapped. Poured with a glass full of head. They kept pouring until the glass was full except for a 1 finger head. The head slowly settled to a 2mm thick creamy blanket. So far so good. The color is crystal clear amber, no cloudiness whatsoever. With a clean palate, I get a very mild aroma, some hops, some maltiness, kind of average beer smell. First taste has some maltiness that morphs into a background sourness, which reduces drinkability. A slight lingering hop bitterness at the back of my throat for a long finish. At the bottom of the glass, the aroma gets fresher, cleaner in a cucumber way. Certainly nothing special. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Draft at Stone Brewery. Aroma of borboun, some wood, and the citrus hops normal to sierra nevada. The flavor was good because the borboun was not overpowering; and the flavors mixed well together. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 On tap at Stone. I really liked this, more than the original. Aroma was of borboun/whisky, vanilla, citrus and caramel. Flavor was much of the same; good blending and complexity. Didn’t find the whiskey overpowering at all.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2007
On tap @ Stone - Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a small off white head. No lacing. Aroma is mostly oak/whiskey and light malt. Not the hops I was hoping for. Flavor agian, is mostly oak/whiskey, and very light hops and malt. Medium body. Palate is very whiskey like. Not sure what this beer needs. Time may round the edges, but the hops we enjoy in our annual Celebration is lost. I would have like to have tried this beer a couple months after it was brewed. A very interesting beer. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
On tap. Pours copper colored with a white head. Hoppy aroma with citrus notes, vanilla and sweet bourbon. Maltier than I expected with an obvious hop character. Big vanilla and bourbon notes as well. Slightly sweet but bitter finish. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 On tap at Stone. Clear orange brown with a creamy white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, apple, and whiskey. Thick creamy palate. A some what roasty taste of caramel and apple transitioning to a good pungent whiskey taste and finishing with a lingering oaky vanilla taste and a deep alcoholic warmth. This is an absolutely wonderful beer!