They re vamped their recipe a year or two ago, so i figured it needed an updated review…
Bright sweet hop aroma. Clean crisp bite of hops and balanced with some caramel maltiness. Both are flavorful, neither overpowering the other. Very smooth mouthfeel, with a slight caramel malt lingering in aftertaste.
Nice clean aroma with a hint of raspberries. Slight edge of bourbon flavor that gets replaced by dark malt, and then a nice raspberry flavor comes in. Overall very balanced 3-way tug-of-war going on between bourbon, dark malt, and raspberries. You can feel the alcohol heart in the aftertaste, slightly lingering in the back of the throat. I think I would like it more of there were less bourbon presence, and it was just the dark malt and raspberries commingling.
Bottled 10/05/15, drank on 10/29/15. Nice sweet bourbon aroma but not harsh at all. Taste is very pleasant with nice dark malt flavor but no harshness. This is slowly followed by a slight wooden barrel flavor that gives way to a moderate chili kick. Slight alcohol warmth in aftertaste, mixed with chili heat. Great stuff going on, distracting you totally from the 11% ABV.
Very sweet smell, makes your nosebuds pucker- if that’s something that can actually happen. Can smell hints of the bourbon barrel. Taste initially is slightly harsh, but the mellowing effect of the barrel kicks in and smooths out out. Leaves a slight bourbon/malt aftertaste. Not too strong of bourbon, but if you can’t stand it you might want to avoid this one.
Slightly sweet aroma. Fairly wet, flat taste with a noticeable hop bite. As the drink goes down the chute, you can taste the oak flavors mix in along with a much stronger hop flavor. Finally there’s a slightly lingering alcohol burn for a brief moment.