oakbluff (448) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 25, 2007
Pours out a chestnut brown- woody smell. The taste is quite sweet, must be the vanilla being picked up from the bourbon. Carbonation is appropriate for the style. Quite a nutty/fruity taste, with low hop levels . I thought the bourbon was quite well done- definitely a bourbon twang on the finish but certainely not in your face. Its an enjoyable brown ale. I’m glad I had a chance to try, but wouldn’t be first choice if I ran into it again.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Ooo, like the bottle on this one, crazy serpant label! not a huge fan of bourban in general, and it is quite apparent in this one, quite sweet aftertaste of bourban and raise or somthing? Im a hop nut, so i would have liked a bit more in there. Only had a couple bourban beers before, and i just dont get into them so much drpimento (3642) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
yummmm-oooo!!! Very good complex beer. The barrel flavors and aromas are readily apparent and aesthetically pleasing. Good brown ale characteristics enhanced by the barrel thang. Thin light head does persist along with some lace. Brownish mahoganey color. Toffee aftertaste. very good beer. Had it on draft at Bodega this evening. They have it in bottles too. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2007
12oz bottle. Aroma: Light toffee, brown sugar, light oak and vanilla. Appearance: Coppery brown in color and clear. Light khaki head was full and frothy with decent retention. Not much lacing. Flavor: Caramel, grape jelly, some bourbon notes, light oak, vanilla, light earthy hop note into the finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Nice beer. Didn’t know if the bourbon barrel-ing of this beer would work, but it does. Bourbon flavors were light and well done. shigadeyo (3740) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
12 oz bottle (16FEB06 00007738) from Styles. Thanks Chris! -- Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown is brown in color, clear, and has a thin tan head. The aroma consists of a delicately dark maltiness, creamy vanilla, and some oak woodiness. This beer tastes pretty like it smells at first, but at wamer temperatures is has a very nice, full bourbon flavor. Oh, how I love bourbon (my favorite spirit!). There is a long woody finish that has a bourbon-like flavor balanced by a modestly bitter hoppiness. This is a medium bodied brew that occassionally feels a bit watery, but still has a pleasing smoothness to it. Overall I am quite satisfied this the beer. It has just the right composition of bourbon flavor, woodiness, and bitterness without overshading it’s Brown Ale roots.
McBeer (12) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Was more carbonated than I was expecting for a BA; it lacked color for a BA, and it tasted like water down coconut milk. This is far from a BA and I am sorry to the folks I have sent this beer to. HogTownHarry (6942) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Via trade with iowaherkeye. Poured deep clear ruby with a smallish beige fizzy head. Aroma of roast chocolate malt, plums and a bit of oak, vanilla and floral hops as it warms up. Taste - ahh, there’s the sweet bourbon - it’s mostly oak, vanilla/bourbon and chocolate malt, there must be a decent hop presence because it finishes fairly bitter. Decently thick and silky mouthfeel, average carbonation, a long bourbon/oak finish to it. Pretty smooth and decent, even if I am heartily sick of BA beers ... porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 26, 2006
(Bottled 11/17/06 via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/View-User-38026.htm target=blank>buckybeer, thanks Mark!) Interesting but didn’t really work for me...Pours clear and the color of weakly brewed tea. Only about 1/2" of tan head. Aroma to me is mint-like, along with sugary bourbon. Mouthfeel pretty smooth but thinnish. Kind of dryish on the palate. Spotty patches of lacing. Tastes kind of like watery bourbon and mint, maybe some brown sugar. At times feels like a mint julep, and at other times like a boilermaker. Sometimes also just seemed like a pedestrian brown ale with bourbon booziness. More vanilla flavor as it warms. Maybe if there was a ballsier beer underneath this it would be better but I didn’t think it was that great. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle from Styles. Fairly clear, brown colored beer, slightly reddish when backlit. Compact light beige head forms and fades slowly to a ring leaving decent to nice lacing in its wake. Aroma is malty with nice touches of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Malty, light chocolate, bourbon and higher alcohols blend pleasantly in the flavor. Pretty decent, a nice job of blending the beer with the barrel without either becoming dominant. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Sampled at Dutch 70’s "Tasting in the Woods; Part Deux." Dark clear brown/amber with a white head. Caramel and bourbon and some sort of artificial element that I can’t quite pinpoint in the nose. Flavor has notes of vanilla, wood, bourbon and caramel. Sweet and a little "boozy". Light bodied with somewhat of a watery texture with subtle carbonation.