gonzosauce (196) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Strong, lively bourbon smell mellowed by a malt backbone that is absent of sweetness. The appearance is mild compared to the aroma and flavor; a dark brown with amber edges alongside the translucent evidence of a lager. The flavor is immaculate. Not nearly as cloying as, say, a BB impy stout, but the flavor holds up - indeed, you get more, but also gentle, bourbon on a delivery liquid that does nothing but compliment the overall flavor. Bourbon, with a touch of spice, maintains into the palate, albeit softly. Overall, I’ve never drank anything with a strong bourbon flavor that is so easy to swish around the mouth, hold, contemplate, and enjoy. It’s lacking only in richness - per the style. It’s not what we’re used to - but I LOVE this beer! Edit: as an afterthought realization - this beer doesn’t have the sweetness often associated with big BB aged beers, per the respective styles - and I enjoy the resultant novelty immensely. WillRunForBeer (2797) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle as an extra from umich43jm. Thanks, Jason! This rate is a day late, from memory, so I’ll forgo some details. This beer is very smooth, complex and hides the booze well. It has bourbon on the nose and all the happy bourbon barrel aged dark beer flavors - sweet, not smoky. I remember saying "Wow, this is really good!" between sips. Need more so I can do a proper rate! Chalumeaux (1841) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Poured from bottle dark chocolate color with nice tan head. Sweet aroma of caramel and bread super smooth mouth feel with a nice heat at the finish. AirForceHops (8026) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2014
12 oz. bottle shared by Willrunforbeers. Dark brown color with thin lasting head. Aroma is mild bourbon upfront with vanilla oak, with deep caramel and raisins. superspak (6208) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Wow... Pretty impressive brew. The flavor is a mellow bourbon, vanilla and mild oak enveloping a dark fruit and caramel lager. Kind of like drinking a bourbon soaked raisin dipped in sugar. The body is on the leaner side but it’s not an issue with the amount of flavor I am getting from all sensors on my tongue. The rich bourbon flavor is here without any heat. But the ABV does pack a punch to make you feel happy. Damn fine brew!!
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2014. Pours nearly opaque very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light tannic oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged doppelbock style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
katrinaez (2355) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2017 Pours cola brown with no carbonation, sickly sweet bourbon aroma and taste, so smooth for a 13% abv, tap. Learninbeer (669) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2017
The aroma is figs/dates a little bourbon. Pours a dark brown/amber with no head. The taste is a light bitter with a light sweetness. The body is medium/full, the texture creamy, the carbonation soft and the finish long. Has an almost cherry tart sweetness to it, some booziness but Very Good!!! Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, vanilla, raisin, light toasted coconut, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some significant red highlights. It has a one finger beige head that eventually fades to a thick soapy film. There is some drippy soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate with touches of cocoa powder and light caramel. There is a touch of molasses and raisin in the middle. The finish has light-moderate vanilla, coconut, light bourbon, faint oak, and a hint of roasted malt. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a touch of stickiness in the mouthfeel. Overall, I’d say flavor-wise it’s kind of an Imperial Stout/Doppelbock hybrid aged in bourbon barrels. It sounds like previous year’s batches were a little boozy and hot. This batch from 2014 isn’t. I really dig it.