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. Bif (2237) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2012
Bottle- Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large tan head that fades to nice lacing. Has the smell of dark fruit sweetness, bit of caramel and a whiskey aroma in the background. Initial tart bite with a sweet whiskey stickiness. There is bitterness throughout with a fairly dry finish. Fairly medium body, smooth but with a boozy feel and aftertaste. Interesting take on an Irish style ale, but didn’t really enjoy. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 This one just isn’t right. Nose is candied pecans, slight hints of bourbon, and odd funkiness with a bit of a hint of tartness. Taste follows the nose rather closely, slightly sweet and yet definitely off, tart and just kind of off in the finish. Not terrible or undrinkable, but certainly not good.
Thought maybe age would make it better. I was deadly wrong. Even worse. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2009
bottled. Hazy and brown coloured with a small head. Not very balanced with notes of chocolate, citrus, oak and bourbon. RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Color is a deep amber with a slight haze and a very fine sediment. Carbonation is good producing a small tight head. Aroma of coffee and oak with a hint of whiskey in the back. Taste is rich and caramely. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a rich creamy feel. Finish come in sweet with caramel and vanilla then a light hop flavor and mild bitterness. After taste has a slight oak/whiskey flavor rolling across. This is a tasty brew with a full well rounded flavor.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Autumn color. Full long lasting foam. Aroma has different dimensions. Notes of bourbon with vanilla and oak as well as a lot of tropical fruit notes from the hops. Oak whiskey flavor of vanilla and whiskey. Very light texture. Hardly any malt characteristics. Tropical fruit hoppiness, which blends decently with the barrel aging. Very watery texture. Not very flavorful or complex. I don’t see how this could achieve the accolades it did. zoucrew102 (1820) - - MAR 4, 2013
Aroma is pleasant with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Pours dark red in color. Hints of vanilla along with bourbon to start then finishes very smooth with a nice warming feeling like a sip of good bourbon.
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12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a fine off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2009
The aroma is sweet sugary caramel malts, cola, dark fruits and bourbon.
The flavor is pretty subdued - sweet caramel malts and cola with a touch of harsh bitter alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, not that great. It’s a bit of a mish mash with some harsh alcohol that I don’t care for.
Bottle courtesy of santa. Pours a nice reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is caramel, wood, malt and a touch of whiskey. Flavor is caramel, wood, a light sourness, a touch of whiskey. Fairly light bodied for a barrel aged ale but the sourness and whiskey gives it a nice tang. Different than I expected but still quite enjoyable. Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle from somewhere. Poured into a snifter at home. Pours a deep reddish brown which was mostly opaque. Very thick pillow head that laced sporadically. Aroma was decent with oak barrel, booze, malts, caramel, dark breads, nuts, and earth. The taste was all over the place however. It was certainly aged in oak whiskey barrels which is cool but the beer that was aging had a lot left to be desired. The malts and hops were not balanced at all. There was a metallic taste, almost alkaline. Medium light in body and not boozy. Really it just had a weird mouth feel, palate, and overall taste. Not my style.