StoutBeerReviews (153) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2017 GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle -
Interesting beer and I can see this having some serious potential. But I think the brewers left this beer in the barrels juuuust a bit long, because the whiskey and wood really dominated this brown ale. Beers this delicate sometimes get overrun with the whiskey compounds, and this was really overrun. The beer pours out a semi-cloudy chesnut brown body, with an off-white/light tan head. The head melts out quickly and left no lacing behind. Aroma is light whiskey, some moldy walnuts, a touch of vanilla and maple syrup. Flavor is dominated by the whiskey. Vanilla, woody, some rubbing alcohol, and a mouth pucking tannic teabag flavor. Really dry, which doesn’t help balance out the whiskey. Mouthfeel is a little hot, rather electric and distracting. If they could leave a little of the residual sweetness in there, and back off the whiskey aging a smidge, this would be a really nice beer.
Vanilla Carmel and booze. The barrel brewing definitely makes it taste like it’s a lot higher abv than it actually is. Pretty tasty brown overall. Unique RatingsTamer70 (1) - - MAY 16, 2017 does not count
Lots of flavors coming from everywhere dominant bourbon taste but yet still holds a malty flavor. Smells of sweet and of strong bourbon. NO aftertaste, smooth finish. Troupis (251) - - APR 15, 2017
Poured it out because I couldn't finish it - a "I can't remember the last time" event. It poured and smelled great but the flavorings were over powering. If it wasn't fake flavors added then I'm impressed with their aging process potency. However it felt really artificial in flavor. Elements reminded me of Bourbon County in its potency of aroma and palate so I give credit there.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bpar73 (1118) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2017
On tap at Quaker Steak. Cloudy brown pour with an off white head. Taste and aroma of caramel, brown sugar and light bourbon. An okay brown but it feels a little to reserved. The flavors are there but not very pronounced. Dorkenstein (545) - - JAN 27, 2017
Aromas of wet leaves, brown sugar, and bourbon. Taste is brown sugar, caramel, faint bourbon, wet leaves, and cocoa. Bourbon is subdued, but present in the back of the tongue; I wish it was more pronounced. This is a good brown though.
Ronritter (733) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2016
12oz bottle pours auburn with off white head aroma of vanilla and booze, had a carmelcorn and alcohol taste. George999 (457) - Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle - then pour is slightly cloudy and a dark reddish orange color. The head is thick and orange sickle in color. The aroma is malts, yeast and a little bread. The taste is caramel, malts, light hops. Overall this is a great fireside sipping beer. Nice malty character, brightened with hops to make a good overall balanced brown beer. kambei70 (1070) - - DEC 11, 2016
Dark brown with hint of orange through the light. Smaller beige head of small bubbles. Light brown sugar and oaken whiskey aromas. Thiker oily feel. Toasted malt with toffee and bourbon sweetness start. Mild oak and hops through the middle. Finish is lightly acidic with mild earth, oak and whiskey. Some time would likely mellow and settle the sweetness popephred (268) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2016
Poured this ale from the bottle into a standard pint glass. The pour produced a hazy, dark amber body topped with a thick head of beige foam, with good retention. A nutty, sweet aroma, which promises the sweet maltiness of the brew itself. A full mouthfeel with a slight metallic finish (though it could be hops asserting itself at the end.), with some alcohol notes at the end. I’m finding the hops to be a little more assertive than what I would like, especially since the malts in the front give the promise of sweetness. I think there is some complexity here, where you have a bait and switch going on with the malts and hops, promising a sweeter profile then popping with with the bitterness of the hops.
Also, having a portion aged in barrels gives me the impression that I should be getting some notes of wood in the aroma, which I really didn’t pick up (perhaps it was too cold). guymerten (1) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2016 does not count
A very good choice for the bourbon aged lovers at a price that won’t drain your wallet.