GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
651mL thanks to BSchnab! Pours a clear, deep orange. Thicker yellowish foam. Good, webby lacing. Nose is detergent volatile moving to candied orange, buttery biscuit. Taste is coconut oil up front but then harshly woody, dry, and tannic. Biting and near anesthetic like having just brushed my teeth. Abrasive, tannic body. Wood spirals were probably a bad idea. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle dated may 30 12. Pour has a brown color and a thick layer of tan head that fell away to some pillows floating about on the surface. Aroma has sweet sticky malts, oak, toffee, hints of dark fruit, and a bit of heat. Mouth feel is full with heavy coating and decent carbonation for a barrel aged beer. Flavor is even more rich, vanilla, oak, dark brown sugar, heavy malts, fermented dark fruit, and a hint of cherry only because the label told me to look for it. It is rich and full and the barrel mixes in quite well. Reminds me of Big Sound that I quite liked as well! daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Copper amber pour, off white head. Fruit cocktail, green oak, spicy hops, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel. My least favorite of the 3. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2013
on tap at New World Brewery. aroma was quite hoppy and boozy, flavor was similar. the alcohol was quite hot and way up front, stomping on pretty much the rest of the flavor, of which i got a little bit of wood and piney resin, almost like drinking cough syrup. maybe the other 2 that are BA arent as booze heavy as this one. Inbreak (6415) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 27.06.2013, tap @ Top Hops Beer Shop NY:
Jow (4035) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Small creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly neutral, caramel malts, butterscotch, vanilla, dark sugar, oak, toffee, hints of alcohol and grass, chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet, caramel malts, dark sugar, butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, oak, grass, hints of alcohol and chocolate. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice.
Grabbed a bottle from Whole Foods went with new oak since it was highest rated although knowing my own tastes rye may have been better choice. pours reddish murky copper with thin head that dissipates. nose of toffee of wood. Its oaky, with vanilla, toffee, cherries, raisins, light hoping, and quite dry. palate is a touch thin and its drying on finish. I ordered an old fashioned at wedding recently and I can see it here. mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
On tap at Belmont Station Bier Cafe, pours a murky dark orange with a small beige head. Aroma is quite complex, bringing out lemon peel and oak barrels upfront. Flavour is quite boozy, with notes of oak, alcohol, paint thinner and some dark fruits, taken out a bit by the lemon. Not the most refined beer, but drinkable in small quantities. Okay. douglas88 (9573) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy red hue with a small white head. A sweet nose with berries, wood. A big malty sweet fruity flavor with dry caramel. Light oak. Toffee and chardonnay. Good. olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2013
22oz bottle thanks again to DaTimbennett. Pours a light amber/copper with a thin tan head. Sweet malt hop and boozy aroma. Oak malt and slight fruit taste. drowland (8955) - 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.
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.