Strykzone (7355) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
Very hazy and deep red and brown color looks cool. A smallish tan head. I wish the aroma were bigger but it offers whiskey and wood. The flavor has all kinds of stuff going on but it doesn’t work together all that well. Sourness, chocolate, rye, prunes, toffee, wood, and bourbon. Even though it is very flavorful and complex, I am not a fan. IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Nice carbonation for an aged beer. Fruity and bready smell like the belgians. Mouthfeel is moderate to light. Taste is fruity, slight chocolate and some wood notes too. I liked this beer but the carbonation flavor made it lose some points. Not bad. Aurelius (5332) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Sure, it smells like bourbon, but there’s a chemical note in there that reminded me of my childhood somehow - maybe modeling clay. Aroma also reminds me of grape soda. Cloudy dark red, fair label, squat US potato-masher micro bottle. Tangy, moderately sweet, artificial froot flavors - like grape Now & Laters, not very bitter, moderately astringent. Didn’t love it. PorterPounder (7961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Very dark copper pour, very slight off white bubbly head. Aroma has some phenol notes and a hint of whiskey. Flavor is cloyingly sweet with with some cheap sweet whiskey notes, some phenols, a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Methinks tis is suffering from exposure to the sun - definitely not shelf life as this just came into the store. Will try again sometime to make sure. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2011
bottle. pours a very deep red with a 1 finger off white head. sweet bourbon nose - after the beer warms, the nose pulls together better allowing the barrel notes to come out more with the darker fruit tones falling back. medium body - very tart for a bourbon barrel aged beer - cloyingly sweet. the barrel notes fall off and the sweet dark fruits stand out too much. this carries into the finish, where the residual sugars are too high and the barrel notes are lost with only a touch of vanilla lingering out of the fruit and sugars.
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
The aroma is sweet with caramel, toasted oak, bourbon, and a touch of sourness. The appearance is medium red brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with both yummy caramel-bourbon and nasty sourness. The palate is OK. Overall a real enigma I don’t know if it has quality issues or just a bad mix. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2011
12 oz bottle @ redlight redlight. Oak and cherries on the nose with vanilla and caramel malts. Pours a dark red amber with a little to no head. Oak and vanilla with a dry tartness, malty with dark fruit and oak and vanilla in the flavor. Very fruity with a hint of tartness. Finishes very dry. Sammy (12195) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
Seasonal just put on at brewery’s tasting room. Sour mash bourbon so getting that sourness from the abrrel. A hoppy red. Not a bad one. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Advertised as an oak aged Irish red ale. Pours a dark red. Smells and tastes strongly of cinnamon with minimal hops or barely flavors. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2010
12 oz. bottle, courtesy Doodler. Pours a mostly clear, deep blood red to crimson color. A moderate head of smooth, spongy, khaki colored foam settles to a lasting 1mm layer, tall edges leading into thick walls of foamy lace. The nose is based in sweet dark fruits and brown sugar, suggesting raisins, fresh red grapes, and chestnuts. Darkened toffee and toasty-sweet cereal grains are subtly kissed with bourbon and oak. Flavors follow suit, sweet and syrupy for the most part, loaded with dark brown sugar, glazed chestnuts, and pecans. There might be a little maple in there as well. Bourbon comes across mostly as caramel and oak, as it is not that boozy at all. A very light green hoppiness emerges at one point, before moving towards a largely sweet, concentrated, fig and raisin finish. The palate sports a medium-full body with above average carbonation activity and a weighty, sugar-laden finish. It feels much more hefty than its sub-6% ABV would indicate. I don’t know....it’s decent I guess, but the big sugars just aren’t for me.