smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Draft @ Cervezas. Pours cloudy caramel color with off white head. Strong bourbon aroma with some dark fruits and caramel. Pretty dominant bourbon flavor with some sweetness and booziness. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Nice brew. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2011
pour from the keg at brewvival on 2/26/11. murky brown pour with a thin off white head. big smooth bourbon nose with some vanilla and sweet malts. medium body with sweet caramel, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, and nuts. sweet, somewhat hot finish with lingering oak and vanilla. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pours a hazy deep brown color with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and some citrus hop notes. Flavor is bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, alcohol, and a sweet sugary bourbon finish. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2009
On tap at the Brick Store as part of their 12th Anniversary festivities. I’ve been looking forward to this for some time as I am huge, huge fan of the regular BHM.
The pour is a murky chestnut brown with a big creamy off-white head that leaves lots of thick lacing and settles in as a solid cap for the duration.
The aroma is more about the barrel character than the underlying beer. The dominant aroma are caramel malts, vanilla and a big whiskey presence that you can smell from a few feet away. The hops that I really love in the fresh BHM are long gone and this (as some have said already) is closer to a barleywine than a hoppy red.
The taste is just as sweet as the aroma with lots of sugary fruit, caramel malts and the ever-present taste of the barrel. The whiskey is there up front and leaves a big burn in the finish. Again, I don’t think I could detect hops in the taste at all.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for an amber/red and maybe a tad light for a barleywine, depending on what you’re looking for. It’s got soft carbonation and the feel is mostly driven by the whiskey barrels.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but it’s one of those barrel aged beers that makes it very difficult to tell what the underlying beer was. A very good barley-wine style beer that doesn’t resemble the Big Hoppy Monster in very many ways. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2009
(Sample Date: 8/18/2009 Source:Capital Ale House - Downtown) Hmmmmm…but where to sort you…not IIPA? Citrusy American hop nose with big oak and whiskey behind. Mostly clear very dark amber brown. Oak and whiskey upfront in flavor with citrusy resiny American hops behind. Lots of warming. Medium body well carbonated. Nice warm finish.
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Had this on tap at the Brick Store. This beer was the 2006 version aged in Jack Daniels barrels for 9 months (This is what the description said). The whiskey flavor was HEAVY. I liked this actually. Very nice dark caramel brown with a slight red hue. Has a nice off-white head that leaves amazing lacing. The whiskey aroma is very apparent. I wished I would not have had the barrel aged version. The whiskey aroma was heavy. There was a slight sweet aroma that came through with the whiskey. The flavor was whiskey with a sweet malt flavor. Nice creamy palate. I was hoping for more hops, but what can I say the wood/whiskey flavor just took over. I actually like whiskey flavor(s) in my beer so this thing was awesome. Get it at Brickstore while you can, and thanks unclemattie for the post. I wouldn’t have known without you. For an imperial/double IPA I think it lacks hops, I would say it is an american strong ale, but who cares what I say. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Brick Store - Being a whiskey aficionado this was right up my alley, even though JD is not even close to being a favorite of mine, the flavor that it imparts on this beer is fantastic. The aroma is strongly reminiscent of that blow off you get from a new bottle, very heavy alcohol smell that sticks around throughout the pour. Creamy maltiness that just melts in your mouth. This is the kind of beer that you taste and you never want to drink anything else. But than again I am a sucker for anything barrel aged. Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2008
On tap at Terrapin brewau. Poured a dark copper brown, with a small off white head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma of bourbon, malt, vanilla, oak, caramel, hops. Taste is also of vanilla, oak, hops, malt, and caramel. Some alcohol also comes through. Finishes with some alcohol/bourbon and light hop bitterness. Mouth is relatively thick, especially when compared to the Hoppy Monster. Overall, an excellent brew that benefits from a few months on oak. icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Vanilla and citrus aroma. Fairly heavy with wonderfully balanced distinct vanilla, alcohol, and hops. KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Draft at Terrapin Brewau 2008. Pours a nice cola color. Medium sized, tan head. Aroma of whisky, vanilla. Lightly sweet flavor at the start. Caramel malt really blends well with the vanilla flavors. The hop bittterness is there, but just barely. Long bitter finish with warming alcohol to take it home. Great beer and a great event.