luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Sampled at the brewery 6/10/6. Beer was a lightly hazy, medium amber-brown color with a frothy, off-white, mostly lasting head. Clingly little spots of lacing holding firm to the walls of the glass as we go along. Aroma was malty with light notes of roasted grain, moderate caramel and a trace of chocolate; Hoppy with a trace of herb; Moderate notes of oak, whiskey/burbon and candy sugar that’s on the verge of burning. The flavor was moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic with an average-length, light-to-moderately sweet, trace bitter finish. Oaky retros. Nice. The body was light to medium, the texture was velvety and the carbonation was lively. Nice experience. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
On tap at the Twisted Pine tasting room in Boulder, CO (1/2 pint pour). Poured a deeper orangish color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, caramel, bourbon, and grain. Tastes of whiskey, wood, vanilla, and caramel. Somewhat sugary sweet with a light sour finish. Thinner body. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Bottled. Red with thin tin tan head, Aroma is sugary bourbon sweet, like a bad Manhattan (touch of cherry/grenadine too). Sweet taste begins with a little sourness and a lot of wood. Bitter but pretty wet on tongue throughout. Tartness like an apple ends the beer long and lightly puckering. Really interesting but only pretty good. 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. Ernest (7697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Bottle.
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of dried mango/papaya, raw wood, vanilla, bourbon.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation.
Delightful tropical fruits in the nose, but kind of ho-hum in the mouth. Not bad.
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. Beaver (1802) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a fine off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
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.
12oz bottle from my Colorado connection - thanks, Prof! Can’t say I’m at all a fan of the style, but TP managed to do something at least a bit distinctive. Deep copper pour, with minimal carbonation and more than sediment: actual chunks, yo! That’s earthy. Sharp nose, almost astringent, surprising if the beer has actually been aged for the full year. Mild tartness in the flavor, toffee malts beneath, but overall way too sharp and barrel-heavy. 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. 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.