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. Lubiere (13941) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2007
A dark golden ale with a thin off white head. Aroma of ammonia and light rotten vegetables. In mouth, a sweet maple malt with peaty notes, solvents, fusel alcohol. Not a winner this time. Probably infected. Tasted at "Montréal YeHA! Party 2006" . Dec. 16 2006. Skyview (6076) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
Picked up a bottle at Cellars LexLarp, St Paul, MN. Shared with friends on weekend. Pours a dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is sweet with hints of vanilla, candy sugar, and port. Taste has the bourbon nutty flavor with toffee, and barley malt. Finish is dry with a hint of vanilla. Stine (1792) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2007
Chestnut brown color. Mildly sweet, robust aroma. Earthy and sort of slick. Tastes like brown sugar cake soaked in bourbon, rolled in the dirt. The peat flavor imbued by the oak doesn’t mesh well, surprisingly, and taken alone it’s just a mite too sweet i think. badgerben (5213) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Murky brown color with a thin head. Nice caramel aroma with maybe just a bit of smoke. Oh my god, the taste... all of the aroma plus just a great balance of the usual bourbon aged flavors: bourbon, vanilla and oak. I can not emphasize enough Sprecher’s brilliance at aging beer in bourbon barrels. It’s obviously been in a bourbon barrel, but it’s not like I’m drinking a pint of bourbon. Out-freaking-standing.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Dark amber color with minimal white head. Bourbon nose with a sweet earthy tinge to it. Dry bourbon flavor that’s well balanced and not overwhelming. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Pour is brown with a thin tan head...lightly oaky and smokey sweet nose...flavor is lightly sweet and smokey, but seemed almost like it didn’t taste like anything... ABUSEDGOAT (2768) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Black pour, moderate to small head, average lacing and retention. Aroma doesn’t offer much, light amounts of darker malts and fruits with bourbon. No real smokey character. Flavor brings much more bourbon and soft vanilla. Very low bitterness, medium to light body. Sweet finish with light acidity. Enjoyable but not that true to the style. brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Aroma was strong with Bourbon and dark fruits. Poured a dark cloudy copper with a thin head. The flavor was smooth with hints of Oak and fruit. Finished with a very nice hint of the whiskey barrels and some dryness as well. Very solid brew Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Draft @ HDG. Rich red and copper color with a thick head. Aroma is bourbon up front with some peat and smoked malts backing it up. Flavor is close to that with the alcohol masked behind all of those big flavors. A bit on the sticky side but overall a nice take on the style.