5 Seasons North Reserve 500
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Imperial stout aged in a Woodford Reserve barrel for 500 days.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Date: October 25, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: black, fine brown head, sudsy lace
Aroma: big chocolate and roasted aroma sweetened by dark caramel and vanilla, touch of fruityness, lots of bourbon, hot alcoholic fumes
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor with sweet fruity eaters, bourbon is offset by a big oakyness that brings in an earthyness, light oaky tartness, roasted bitterness
Overall: needs more time for the flavors to meld together

Date: March 17, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: brewpub
flavors are starting to meld nicely, a touch of vanilla is pulling in more of the rich chocolate, bourbon and fruity esters are mellowing,

Date: May 30, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: brewpub
Appearance: black, creamy brown head
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma, touch of graham cracker, vanilla and licorice, no alcohol
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, dark roast making a comeback, bourbon comes in to bring in some sweetness with a touch of vanilla, hint of winey fruity tartness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
750ml unlabeled bottle. Oil black with a brown head. Aromas of molasses, wood, earth, peat, dark fruits, and some vanilla. Tastes of wood, earthy, vanilla, and dark fruits. Lively and fizzy body that detracted from the overall experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2011
In a world now full of barrel-aged imp stouts this one still holds its own. Ultra dark with a creamy, swirling, dark brown head. Aroma of whiskey and chocolate. Starts wonderfully sweet and develops into a complex monster of whiskey, caramel, roastiness, chocolate, vanilla bean, hints of coffee, maple syrup (???) and more that all meld together wonderfully. Sweet, smooth whiskey is the standout flavor. Creaminess lasts through the finish. Should be a sipper but you just want another drink! i know most brewers don’t barrel age for this long- almost a year and a half (!!!)- and if they do, they usually blend it with fresh. well, they may be missing the boat. i gotta give Crawford credit for being an incredible brewmaster so maybe it’s just his skill and even if the other guys use this same formula the results won’t be the similar. whatever the case, there is a ton of whiskey in this but it doesn’t seem overdone at all, and i’m not a whiskey lover at all. oddly enough, putting grape ape (wine-barrel-aged) on ice cream brings out the chocolate but putting this on it brings out the wine. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Black with a creamy brown head. Big bourbon chocolate caramel coffee and dry vanilla aroma and taste with some red wine character ( interestingly).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Appearance: Pours out an inky, black body with a hearty head full of mocha-toned foam. Smell: Deeply malty, scented with Kenya AA coffee, dark chocolate ice cream topping, smoked vanilla beans. Additional luscious notes of brown sugar and Sunsweet’s individually-wrapped prunes. Taste: Ahh, soul-soothing maltiness. Chilled espresso loaded with chocolate and vanilla. Thin trickling of smoky tar. Dark fruits yielding a mild tartness. Gentle bourbon character. No more than a hint of bitterness. Slow finish of chocolate and roast with a bit of alcoholic heat to it. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: A truly excellent, barrel-aged beer to simply sit back and relax with. Better swing by 5SN before they’re all gone!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2010
chocolate, coffee, alcohol, licorice, woody, citrus, raisin, black, cloudy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
back (1846) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2010
humle,kaffe,lidt choklade, vanilje,tømmer (fad) Ud.:kulsort Skum:mør4kebrun,luftigt,korthold,små bobler,E.smag:sød moderat,sur lidt,bitter moderat Slut E.smag: bitter moderat Krop:medium,For.:tør cremet Brus:livlig (75cl F)[f1fan]16/4-10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 27, 2010
Bottle 750ml.
[ Trade by GAManiac ]. Clear dark brown black color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, caramel, chocolate, bourbon - port, wood, tobacco, dry dusty, moderate coffee, light smoke - peat, licorice notes, light alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet, light acidic and heavy bitter with a long long duration, dark roasted, coffee, dry, bourbon. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20100416]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15559) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 19, 2010
Bottle @ Brugmansia/Fonefan US Tasting, April 2010. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Nose is vinous. Dark fruit, vanilla, roast, chocolate, barrel and coffee. Taste is barrel, cold coffee, chocolate. Very hard roasted. Smooth and full bodied. Very complex and delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15274) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
Bottle. Very roasted aroma, lots of chocolate, some coffee, grassy hop aroma. Black colour, small dark brown head. The flavour starts off quite smoky, there is some peat and tar. A little sweet. Some grassy hop notes when not overpowered by other flavours. Hint of yeast. Very late aftertaste of fresh-ground coffee.

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