KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Smell of bourbon, light malt, caramel, cream cheese frosting and some nuts. Taste of caramel, light bourbon, toffee, frosting, sugar and a touch of oak. I was expecting a lot more bourbon flavor but it was still good. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
1L bottle sampled on 7/2/06: Pours a deep copper orange with a thin ring of off-white head. Aroma of sweet peaty caramel malt and nice oaky bourbon complexity. Starts with a somewhat lively body with good caramel maltiness quickly turning into an oakier, mildly bourbon, dry well-balanced finish. An enjoyable, complex, and drinkable brew. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Mild aroma, some spice, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is HUGE on the bourbon, vanilla, spices, toffee. But most flavors were masked by the bourbon. Good, but a little overpowering. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Malt slurry,carmel,smoke or wood, and hints of bourbon and port wine. The bourbon became more distinct as it warmed. The flavor was was your standard scottish carmel toffee, little or no hop all with the hints of bourbon,which became more distinct as it warmed, tastey,pleasant,but not the big ass concoction you would expect from a bottle so grandly packaged and named beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Ok Scotch Ale. Peat, earthy, and caramel flavors. Finishes sticky and chewy.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4 oz sample at HDG. This was kind of dissappointing. Kind of muddled together and messy with nothing really going on- at least nothing that was pleasant. The bourbon takes over in the aroma and mouthfeel, but it is just plain hot and alcoholic, despite the original beer being 9.5%. I thought it would be thicker. Fruity, estery, medicinal, light harsh smoke, cheap burning bourbon, woody, oaky, dry as hell and has a bad weak finish. I struggled to finish the 4 oz. egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Poured an amber color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of peat, caramel, and nuts, somewhat boring. Taste of vanilla, caramel malts, some roast, and more peat. Was very sweet, low bourbon presence. Ho hum... JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Clear amber beer, thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet and full of vanilla and demerara sugar. Soft sweet caramel flavour up front, toffee and loads of oaky bourbon. Sweet vanilla, slightly earthy hop flavour as well. Peppery and the body seems a little hot and thin for the style. A bit too bourbon-dominated for my tastes, but it’s still quite good. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Tap at HDG Strong Fest. Copper with a big frothy cream color head. Aroma of dark Russian bread and antique wood furniture. Leafy and earthy malt flavor with some caramel and oak, though nothing which necessarily screams bourbon. A bit of gum and burnt marshmallow notes as well. Light to medium body, kind of a thin mouthfeel. Good, not mind-blowing.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2007
"Aged in oak bourbon barrels" says a lot. Pours dark golden brown with a lighter golden head. Aroma is yeast, malt, peat, and ripened fruit. The flavor is strong with oak and bourbon. The palate is numbed with alcohol and the finish is a mix of sweetness, alcohol, and peat. If you enjoy single malt scotch whiskey, you will be reminded of something from the Spreyside region.