bhensonb (15079) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Pours hazy red with a foamy beige head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is very oaky, perhaps a bit bourbon, and there is a roast malt with a touch of chocolate. Moderately bitter finish. Sammy (12091) - 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. Ratman197 (14664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle poured a hazy dark reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, fruittiness and carmel. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, oak, light bourbon, light fruittiness and light vanilla with a crisp lingering bittersweet finish. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Bottle: Hazy and dark amber with a thin head. Soft and smooth texture. Mild carbonation to boot. Flavors and aromas were quite pleasant (caramel, wood, vanilla, butter cookies, sugared fruit). Sweet whiskey was a nice touch. Bitterness was very mild; I wanted a bit more. Maybe a pinch more alcohol, too. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2008
12oz. bonus bottle from the man, BlackForestCO. First off, I’m rating this beer under extreme duress, as Jake threatened to beat up my kid if I didn’t rate a beer from him tonight, so that will probably make me more critical of this poor beer than I should be. Pours a hazy ruby burgundy color with a towering fluffy off-white head, excellent lacing and retention. Aroma has some spicy wood, licorice, ripe fruits, and whiskey. The flavor follows with more oak, mild dark fruit, melon, and a bit of cola, but doesn’t keep pace with the aroma. Not bad, and glad for the chance to try, thanks Jake!
Headbanger (3989) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2009
12oz bottle Label says Reilly’s Oak Whiskey Red 5/27/09 (Courtesy of RSRIZZO)-Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Taste of oak, vanilla, little sourness, and slight bourbon. This light bodied brew is not bad wish it had more bourbon and it is not very well balanced. Not bad. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle, your fucking kidding me this won GOLD in GABF07 Barrel Aged beers! What the fuck was the competition? Oak aged woodchuck?!?! Pours an amber red body with a tan head. A thin watery oak vanilla and light bourbon body with over ripe fruit and a bitter finish. Eh its okay but undeserving of its accomplishments... Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Pours a nice red/brown. Bourbon aroma and taste is not overpowering which is pleasant. There is a nice toffee taste followed by the bourbon warmth. notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Not every beer fares well when aged in a bourbon barrel - take this one, for example - the base beer is not burly enough to stand up to several months in the barrel - as a result, we get a lot of barrel and bourbon, but not a whole lot of the beer - there is no interplay between the base beer and the barrel - however, the fact that the base beer is a session beer makes it so there is none of the usual booziness that you might associate with a bourbon-aged beer - so there are some good aspects, there is just too much barrel in this. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle pours a hazy red/brown with an off white head. Scent is woody with some tart notes. Taste is sour with wood notes. Different.