muzzlehatch (4900) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught sample at the brewpub, October 13th, following the regular, non-bourbonized version. Inky black, exactly the same as itís predecessor, except with no head whatsoever even when shaken - it looks totally still. Nose at first is just neutral grain alcohol - thatís it - and it takes quite a while for me to discern any of the typical bourbon-vanilla characteristics though when they show up they are distinct if muted; it remains boozy-smelling...body is grapy, lightly sour throughout, malts indistinct, and the slightly drier, bitter finish doesnít keep that vinous sourness from continuing on to the finish...carbonation much lower than on the regular version, body average in fullness. I rarely get a chance to try two versions of the same beer at exactly the same time so this was a treat even if neither came off as anything special. The BBA definitely loses though; this is one of the most overdone bourbon beers Iíve had with the booze almost completely killing the original beer. Too bad, Vintage is certainly capable of more subtlety but this one got away, at least as far as my palate is concerned.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask @ Vintage. Pour is deep brown/black with a khaki head. Aroma shows light to moderate roast, with both dark/milk chocolate, oats, and seems a little sweeter than the original. Could just be my imagination though, but as other reviewers have mentioned, no bourbon to be found. Flavor is much like the original with maybe some additional tannin from the oak chips, but not too much overall variation. I had much higher hopes for this one, but in the end, it still turned out very drinkable.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Vintage in Madison, the bartender told me that this was Scaredy Cat aged with bourbon chips in it, so not a true barrel aged beer and thatís probably why the bourbon doesnít really shine through much. Aroma and flavor is much of the same as the original Scaredy Cat with a little bit more roastiness in it. Good just doesnít blow me away.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the brewpub. No hit of the bourbon on the nose at all. Flavor has none either. Taste and mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, but again NO bourbon at all. If I had this blind I would have enjoyed it even more, but I was a bit let down as there was no bourbon in there.
madvike (3217) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the brewpub - Pours dark black with a fine-bubbled tan head. Doesnít smell at all like itís bourbon barrel aged. In fact, it smells like regular Scaredy Cat, though more roasty than sweet. Lots of roast and charcoal on the nose, but none of the expected bourbon sweetness. Taste is the same roastiness, with chocolate and a bit of coffee and smoke. Is there a bit of sweetness in there, or am I just looking for it? I donít know, but if the barrel is there, Iím really not getting it. Thin and a bit watery just like the original. Tasty, but just not getting the bourbon.