dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2008
dark brown color with slight tan head. aroma of boubon and hops with sweet notes (i can do without the vanilla). the bourbon and hops are overrun by the vanilla and caramel flavors. not a bad barleywine, just dominated by vanilla. Dogbrick (13777) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bell’s tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: This beer is a hazy dark brownish-orange color with a compact beige head that recedes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Chocolate malt, oak, and rich caramel in the nose. Full body with sweet malt and caramel flavors offset by bourbon and hops. The finish is oak and vanilla with a lingering malt aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable overall. jsquire (4599) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap at the Bell’s dinner at Brews. Murky brown orange color with very few bubbles that struggled to form a ring around the edge of the glass. The nose is just chuck full of bourbon. This is one hot beer. The Third Coast Old Ale is one of my favorite beers, but I don’t think that the barrel helped it at all. Flavor is just dominated by bourbon, with caramel sweetness and some bready malts. This beer just tingles on the tongue. The barrel just bludgeons this beer. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap. Pours a dark red/mahogany color with a small, scattered white head. Aroma is intense. Heavy notes of bourbon, wood, oak, vanilla. Really strong but I enjoyed them. There is some caramel maltiness underneath from the beer but the oak notes really are in the foreground. Taste is the same. Loads of vanilla and oak, bourbon, with a bittersweet finish. Full bodied and sticky. Reminded me a lot of Founder’s Backwoods Bastard. I could see how some would think this was a bit over the top but I enjoyed it immensely. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
On tap @ Brew’s Cafe: Pours a hazy copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, lots of bourbon and vanilla, some oak, sweet malts. Flavor, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, some earthy notes, very sweet. Full bodied, sweet and smooth on the finish. Maybe a little on the boozy side, but good none the less.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 On tap: Aroma is a nice combination of caramel, buttery toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and the slightest hint of citrus hops. It’s a very cloudy orangish-brown with a minimal off-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with quick dose of caramel. Nice buttery toffee backbone. Moderate bourbon and vanilla in the finish. Surprisingly, the citrus hops are still coming through relatively strong. Full-bodied with a sticky mouth feel and mild carbonation. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap @ Maduro, Bells GTMW pre-party 8/10/07. Cloudy brown orange with a minimal beige head. Aroma was mainly of bourbon, toffee, sugar cookie, and alcohol. Flavor had lots of caramel/toffee, vanilla, a bit of sherry and chocolate, and some mild alcohol. The bourbon is still ever-present. Full body with light carbonation. Very good. I think I remember not rating the regular 3rd Coast that well, but this is much better. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2008
On tap at the Maduro in Madison, WI Reddish color. Aroma is tannic oak planks, chocolate, maltiness from both light and dark malts. Taste is sugar cookies, oak, dark fruits, alcohol with a finish of tannic oak and alcohol. Thick mouthfeel. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
on tap at Graydon’s Crossing, Grand Rapids MICH...murky, muddy chesnut brown body with large bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, and lactose in the nose..flavor is extremely smooth and features vanilla, large oak tannins, burnt/caramelized sugars...very, very good tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Very nice ale. I usually am not into Ales, but had to try a bourbon barrel ale. Very silky finish and aftertase. Nice Ale.