railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2009
On tap,this poured a caramel dark brown with a small white head,it smelled of bourbon,vanilla and wood from the barrel,overall not bad but the regular beer was overwhelmed by the other flavors.CHEERS! BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2009
On tap at Three Floyds. Pours dark copper with a small white head. Aroma is of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, and malt. The vanilla definitely dominates the aroma. The taste is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood, malt, sugar, and alcohol. It seems like the base beer has completely dissapeared in the barrel-aging process. I could taste the barrel and it’s effects, but not the beer it was before all that. Lingering vanilla soaked wood taste. It was boozy, but still easy to drink. A bit of a dissapointment. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Tap @ Brewpub. Ruddy brown with thin white head. Smells of brown sugar, caramel, nuttiness, wood and bourbon. Mouth is decent feel. Tastes of caramel. Malty. Little oily and boozy. Vanilla was stronger note over wood and bourbon mid-way. Excellent barrel character. Nice hop back. Nothing like the base beer. Bourbony finish. Pleasant sipper. Really good in my book. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Smaller sample at the brewpub... Pours a medium caramel brown, slighty transparent with a thin soapy white head... Sweet barrel essence comes through in the aroma with emphasis on vanilla and wood. Lingering sweetness pervades... Sweet vanilla barrel upfront then collides with some bitter hop bitterness and some other chemical phenolness. A rather high level of burn in the finish. Definately not an easy one to take down. Not sure if I could manage a full pour. MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2009
10oz pour on tap at Three Floyds. Dark copper pour with a light haze and a thin, lasting beige head. Lots of nice lace. The aroma had a ton of herbal, citrusy hops and bourbon. Some minty notes, and also some strong caramel and crystal malt. The flavor had an abundance of dark fruits, rich caramel, and also some smooth, sweet bourbon notes. Finished with a mild alcohol warmth and a lasting bourbon note. Full-bodied. Lightly carbonated. The X has really changed since it’s initial release. The hops and hottness have faded a bit, and the bourbon was fairly strong. Decent.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Goblet poured draft at the brewpub (Munster, IN). A pleasant surprise. Pours a murky dark amber, weighed down with some reddish notes, small bubbly offwhite head that dies to a sparse film that clings to the sides of the glass, lacing is small but sufficient. Aromas are a pleasant blast of warming booziness, oak and vanilla mix with light bourbon, a sweet caramel malt body, touch vanilla and wet oak, and a decent floral hopping. Amazing the hops still are standing up after this amount of time. Initial is thick, but not quite chewy, good booziness with warming bourbon elements, a bit thinner, warming in the palate and aftertaste. Sweet caramel and toffee malts take over with a prickly alcohol and decent floral and pine bitterness still hanging on. Finish is bitter and a good bit boozy, as the beer lingers on the palate and could probably do some damage if consumed longer drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2009
on tap at FFF. sorry about entering this in, the system said there was an issue and that it wasn’t entered so i tried again and each time i guess it created another listing. i also didn’t realize the title cut off. I know I suck. this brew pours hazy golden with white head. the aroma had vanilla, bourbon, with a touch of a chemical or household cleaner. flavor still had some original hop bitterness and grapefruit but lots of vanilla and bourbon, and then bam! the alcohol slides down your throat and burns. this really wasn’t a fun drinking experience.