oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich thick butterscotch color. Patchy thin head.
Smells of sweet candy, toffee, and alcohol.
The flavor is rich and sweet. But clean and smooth. Wonderful balance. Very enjoyable.
thirdeye11 (5688) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught at Addison saucer) rich copper-orange with small ring of white bubbles. Nose of brandy, dark fruits, big time caramel and maple. Taste of mild oak, brandy, not much alcohol heat but the flavor is there, dark fruits and caramel. Linger of ripe banana and medium to low carbonation. Big flavors that are easy to drink.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Whip In.
The beer pours a hazy amber color with a white head. The aroma is very complex. I get a lot of brandy notes, but I also get some grapes, dark fruit, caramel malt and alcohol. The flavor is just as nice. I get a a lot of brandy and oak notes, with some alcohol, grape and dark fruit notes. I also get quite a bit of vanilla and brown sugar notes. The mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than I like and the carbonation is about medium and is just right for the style. The beer tastes a lot like brandy and is a very interesting take on barrel-aging. Very nice.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very cloudy, orangeish-brown color with a fine, off-white head. Aroma predominantly of, well, brandy/barrel, exactly that of a Belgian stuffed in a brandy barrel. Not overly woody, though, or brandyish or Belgian, so for that I give this a vote for a well-balanced aroma, given the beer. Very soft, very easy aroma, doesn’t really punch you in the face like I might have thought that I might have enjoyed, but then again I’m glad it didn’t. Wow... this tastes much better than the original One, from what I remember. You can definitely pull out the woodiness (and the brandy), but it’s just enough of a presence to give this a nice, spicy flavorful kick to it. Fortunately, now it’s much more than your everyday Belgian. Don’t get me wrong: the original One was well done, but I’m not a big Belgian guy and this twist really improved it for me, filled in the gaps. It’s darker-tasting, which is good as I’m not a fan for sweet beers. It has a lively palate, very good, with a hint of alcohol and brandy-ness but not overdone in either aspect. B+
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the 42nd anniversary of the Draught House. Dark amber color with a orangish purplish timt. Strong head that goes the mile. Very strong malt aroma with little else. No yeasty smell. Flabor is strong, almost rich malt. The body is full but the mouthfeel is smooth, flowing, and mild. It starts off tame, then the carbonation develops in the mouth. He hints of brandy sweetness can be detected after a while but you have to know what brandy tastes like first.