kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Name: Bourbon Scotch Style Ale Brewmaster Limited Release
Date: July 02, 2006
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear amber, whispy head
Aroma: sweet smokey aroma with a hint of vanilla
Flavor: tart oak flavor
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Date: December 24, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet bourbon aroma, caramel and vanilla on top of the rich caramel of the base beer, light earthyness
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, lots of bourbon, sweet vanilla
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Nearly fully diminishing light beige/cream colored head, fat-bubbled and thick initially. The body is dark amber with ruby red hues, oily. It’s actually very, very pretty. Huge smoked beechwood, bourbon and peated malt notes ar foremost in the aroma. Black pepper and hot red peppers are next, then bready and doughy malts, and sweet candied caramel appleskins(hints of acetydehyde). Also noted are vanilla, nuts(macadamia, almond, walnut), cherry and apricot; the complexity is indisputable. Even though this is flawedand loaded with ethanol it is fun to sniff away at and analyze. the flavor is a subdued state of the aforementioned, with a wacky, looming addition of rootbeer soda. Smoke, then peat, are most dominant. Medium-high sweetness, low bitterness and low acidity seem on par for the style. The palate is boring but inoffensive with low but prickly carbonation and a medium to medium-full body. Very smooth, finishes sticky. The barrel aging provides a substantial departure from the characters of the base beer. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Pours a nice deep amber color.Has a nice nose of smoke and caramel.The flavor had the caramel coming out with some vanilla.Some smoke was on the backend as was a slight hint of sourness.The finish still had the alcohol hidden well, but was slightly dry. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Pours a slightly hazy amber red with a bubbly light tan head. Sweet candy sugar aroma, sweet molasses, bourbon, a little must. The flavor was pretty mild actually, the bourbon seemed subdued and a little thin palated. Some new flavors seem to show up though, vanilla and maybe some sweet grapes or other sweet fruits. Seems as though this has really mellowed out. I’d say its just about average. Although the 9.5% seemed to be pretty well masked. JK (6090) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2007
A solid Scotch ale ruined by bourbon. At least the bourbon is light and not the dominant characteristic. It does however, overwhelm the malt and smoke in the aroma. Flavor is light malt, lacking fruit or vinous qualities that I like from a Scotch ale. It does have sweet malt and smoke. This was a little sour and I’m not sure if it is intended to be so or not, but it still tasted OK.
hopscotch (11048) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Bottle… RBSG 07… Murky caramel-colored ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The aroma provides vanilla and bourbon with hints of caramel, dark fruit and vinous notes. Earthy, sweet flavors of dark fruit, caramel malt, smoked peat and Scotch whiskey. Full-bodied with a thick, dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Boozy, cotton candy-sweet and then bone dry finish WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2007
From a Beautifal 1 Litre Flip Top bottle via trade with KingpinIPA, many thanks. Poured into one of my big reidel snifters. Pours a pretty reddish brown with a thin half finger tan head. The nose has a lot of bourbon as well as dried fruit and oak as well as a bit of sherry tinge. The taste hits bourbon and sweet first with some malts. Almost too much on the sweet, needs more maltiness. The bourbon makes this taste sweeter and more barley wine like than scotch ale like, which is too bad, although it doesn’t taste bad either. For all the alcohol coming through I wish it was thicker and had a bigger mouth feel. Very good, but points off for not quiting hitting this very difficult to capture style. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle and served in my La Chouffe tulip: Pours a ruby imbued brown with an initial large frothy head which fades to a ring and left good lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of freshly baked rye bread and some peatbog moss, smokey and meaty vapours, classic but lightly done vanilla and bourbon character, plum and prune fruity esters and a finishing kick of star anise. A complex yet not over powering nose on this beer, I am digging it so far...then the tastetyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Well the bourbon is a bit more forward but seems to accent the malty character very well with a nice dose of twangy fruits at the beginning. The midsection show more of the scotch overtones with peaty and smoky notes all over the place. The finish is shockingly dry for the genre and hit the spot big time. A ending of peppery and anise spice makes this one enjoyable brew indeed.
The mouth feel is soft yet never boring and as mentioned above, dry and woody. I really dug this creature and am sad for those with possible infected bottles for this is among the best scotch ales I have had in quite a long time.
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Bottle. Possibly bad. Smelled of barnyard, foot, and wet grass. Oily on the palate. Vegetal and funky flavor. Sour, but not in a good way. Hint of oak and vanilla. Really not good. Probably an infected bottle. I have one more at home and will re-rate later. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Translucent and glowing buffed copper in color with a thick white film and fizzing amoeba in the center for the head. Aroma is somewhat exuding in nougats and chocolate malt ball filling. Rain soaked sand, tootsie rolls and a hint of bourbon and rye on cardboard come through the nose as well. Flavor shows off a lacquered caramel trait with an underlying presence of oxidation vetted from the barrel. Milk chocolate and nougat like malt come out with the rest of the clan. A bright bourbon laced peanut brittle seal ensconces the tongue. Brown sugar corrodes with copper flavors. Red rye and bourbon sit on a solo ice cube and parlay for the lead flavor role. Carbonation is fluffy, and effervescence spills throughout the mouth, receding into a gummy brown sugar covered peat treat. A touch of semi-sweetened, leavened brown bread helps impart a hint of breadiness to balance the bourbon and oxidized barrel trepidation. The bourbon lies with caramel near the end, and lingers with a dry chocolate powder and maple pasted grahams as it makes its peace with the mouth.