mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Of the three in the series, I believe it's my favorite -- surprising, because I'm not a big bourbon guy. The bourbon taste here is exquisite and perfectly balanced. Still some alcohol heat at the back end that would mellow over time, but I'm impetuous. Just Solid. A
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone dchmela (3064) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2013
From the 22oz bottle. Dark murky brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is very complex, notes of bourbon, citrus, cherry, oak and peanut butter. Taste is equally complex, with big notes of cherry, lemon, hop bite, bourbon and oak. A really tasty treat. poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Bomber. Aroma seems to have more oak barrel-aged characteristics than the rye, but not as much as the new oak spirals. There’s toasted coconut and vanilla here, but not as much as the new oak. The fruit isn’t as strong as in the rye version--it seems about the same or less as the new oak. I smell a general mild fruitiness, a fruit cocktail-like mixture with no one fruit standing out; the other two versions had more fruit. The appearance in this one isn’t as nice, with a much more quickly diminishing head. Taste is much like the other two, without the overt oakiness of the fresh oak and without the fruit and spicy presence of the rye version. The booziness you’d expect from a bourbon barrel isn’t all that pronounced--it’s definitely there, just not in your face, but it’s still boozier than the other two. Palate seems the same, maybe a little less thin than the other two. Like the other two, it really recollects the Old Fashioned cocktail in an impressive way. Really nice beer, but surprisingly the least impressive for me. drowland (8757) - Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2013
8/3/13. 22oz bombers. Trying all 3 at once and putting my full impression copied and pasted into each entry with varying scores as necessary.NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 25, 2014
In general, they’re all the same color. It’s sort of a light amber, more of a burnt orange with touches of red, with some haze. I tried to pour them all in the same manner into a clean glass and they all have a good sort of khaki colored head, ranging from 2-3 fingers. At first pour, the bourbon barrel aged one seemed to have the best head and lacing. After a few drinks, they all lace pretty well.
I’m sort of doing these in the order new oak, bourbon, and rye whiskey, but in general doing them all at the same time to catch the differences. They all share some generic aroma aspects: a bit of fruitiness, especially citrus, but mostly plenty of big maltiness - caramel, old ale, etc. The wood shine through very uniquely when side by side. The New Oak is a bit harsh, smells like straight wood, very woody, just a bit of vanilla in there. The Bourbon is the smoothest to my nose, touches of booze, bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of char and fudge. The Rye Whiskey punches through strong, by far the booziest, a little sweet and spicy.
They again share similar flavors from the base beer. Malty, caramel, hints of cherry, but I wish for more, definite citrus, and a bit of corn and oxidation. The New Oak is a bit rough for me again, very woody, raw, touches of vanilla. The Bourbon is smooth, a touch of booze, vanilla, caramel, etc. The Rye Whiskey is a little boozier, a bit spicier, sweet, and bready.
Overall, I like the Bourbon version best, followed by the Rye, and the New Oak is a few steps behind. In general, they’re unique and tasty - a great idea.
This one was the closest to being similar to an old-fashioned of the three. Dark amber/copper pour with an off-white head. Aromas of orange, bourbon, oak, and finally I can smell cherries with this one! Flavor is very complex and reminded me of an old-fashioned immediately. Cherries, oranges, bourbon, it’s all there mingled together. Very cool concept, and a very good beer.
50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2013
On tap at CCB. This was my favorite of the 3 versions. Murky brown pour with an off white head. Rum aromas. Rum, cherry, citrus, and sweet malty notes. Smooth and sweet. Above average mouthfeel and body. olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2013
22oz bottle thanks to DaTimBennett. Pours a dark amber with big bourbon aroma. Bourbon and oak taste with a fruit and malt finish. krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Hazy glowing brown. Nutty creamy smells. Creamy nutty taste that fades to a bourbon bite that hits then fades. Medium thick mouth-feel. trapped (3150) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 8, 2013
Drought. Hazy dark amber appearance with small foamy beige head, caramel aroma, strong bourbon taste, bitter finish. Great beer, have to have more! slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
"Probably would prefer 6/10 times over the rye barrel, but really not a ton different (to my surprise). The barreling is subtle, so so are the differences in the end product. Vanilla and oak undertones, instead of spicy rye, otherwise identical. Good stuff, scored the same."