talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Pours a dark crimson color with a fairly small, beige, pillowy head; it is mostly diminishing and leaves minimla lace. Nose is simple with lots of vanilla and oak notes followed by buttery cookies, and faint toffee. Flavor is similar with vanilla and oak dominating with lighter notes of bourbon, toasted grain, and faint toffee. Palate is light to medium, lively, and velvety. Finishes average length with vanilla and lingering bourbon and oak. The hop bitterness is basically negated by the barrel notes. The barrel notes dominate every apsect of this one and really hide the base beer. Certainly a drinkable beer, assuming you like oak-aged beers, but nothing I would pursue. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
10th October 2008. GABF. Hazy brown beer. Malty with just a touch of woody bourbon - perhaps not surprising a light touch given the low abv. Aurelius (5335) - 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. Strykzone (7362) - 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. jandd1983 (4330) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2012
It poured a hazy dark reddish color with a small head. The aroma was of bourbon, vanilla, oak, fruits and some caramel. The flavor was of caramel, oak, light bourbon, light fruits and light vanilla with a crisp lingering bittersweet finish. A very decent Irish Ale.
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. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle at Klub-tasting - Thanks Jannik. Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head. Wood, oak, vanilla, coconut, ryebread, berries, sweetness, brown sugar, caramel, light bitterness. The taste disspears in the aftertaste, and comes back a a light sourness and pointy feeling. 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. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sampled at GABF. Pours a translucent, brick red with some off white head. Malty aroma, whiskey, vanilla. Flavor is watered down vanilla, malt, caramel. Watery, thin finish. Wanted more. 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.