Saturday, January 23, 2010

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

This is a great Bourbon! It is only bottled one day out of the year on the birthday of the distillery founder George Garvin Brown. This bottling is different from the basic Old Forester in that it is a vintage dated Bourbon and not a blend of several. The result is unique Bourbon with one of kind character and flavor that cannot be replicated. The unique decanter style bottle is a throwback to late 1800's when Old Forester was first produced. Oak aged for 12 years this Bourbon is bottled at 97 proof and it hardly shows any heat. Full, rich and robust this Bourbon has received great acclaim since its introduction in 2002. Perfect for any Bourbon lover.


Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tommyknocker "Legend" Oak Aged Brown Ale

In December 2009, Tommyknocker Brewery released the Legend Olde Oaked Brown Ale to commemorate their 15th anniversary. In my opinion this is the best Tommyknocker beer I have ever had. This limited edition release has generous amounts of Crystal, Munich and Chocolate malts with a blend of American hops and a touch of pure maple syrup. Brewed and aged with toasted Hungarian oak, which has been sought after by ship builders for centuries. This full-bodied ale has intense aromas of caramel, vanilla and toasty oak. The palate is deep, bold and complex with flavors of spiced vanilla and oak with notes of black pepper and a touch of coffee bean and dark chocolate. This ale is surprisingly well balanced, I was expecting more sweetness to it with the maple syrup in there, but the hops and oak add a slight bitterness that was extremely welcome. Buy this while you can!

Rating: 9.7 out of 10