WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at alesmith, this beer has taken on awesome sourness, rich deep sour funk, i likey.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ alesmith with the gang. Brown pour with a thin head. Aroma is minty, caramel, and molasses. Taste is smooth, slightly peaty, with lots of aged dark sugars. Not exactly sweet as it’s more savory if that makes sense. Apparently the aging has put some tartness into the beer which adds another layer of complexity. A really dense beer with lots of things going on. A real treat.
hivemind (725) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Alesmith with Andy, James and Dallas for Dallas’ bachelor weekend. Black pour, brownish hue; consistent, light cocoa-colored head that lingers at the perimeter. Aroma is very sweet malts and sugar with some floral notes. Palate is dark red fruits, caramel and some alcohol. Very sweet flavor and a smooth mouthfeel. Actually kind of tart. Average carbonation. Excellent beer.
jredmond (5949) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Alesmith tasting room with Andrew, Brendan and the big boy daddy dad Bachelor, Dallas. Huge surprise to get to try this guy on tap. Pours a deep brown body with nice chocolate lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, and spicy fruit. Mouthfeel is nice with insane bursts of flavor - notes of tart sour dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, oaky vanilla, wood and light cocoa.
peteinSD (1428) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a muddy red/brown with a healthy tan head and steady carbonation. Aroma is light raisin, soft sour, caramel, long faded hops, and very subtle bourbon. Taste is a pleasant sour with raisin, sweet malt, bit of vanilla, and soft mellow bourbon. This beer really challenges my perception of how age impacts flavor because even though the beer has soured it tastes and smells great. Very enjoyable.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery with the bros for dallas’ bachelor party. Pours dark brown with beige head atop. Bourbon barrel... Wood, prune, plum, mollassess, sour, and brown sugar.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lucky enough to get to try this on tap at the brewery. The appearance is a rich red-brown hue with some cloudiness and a disappearing creamy tan head. The nose has a sweet bourbon, tart cherry thing going on with some vanilla and caramel hints. The flavor follows the nose. A lovely full but mellow bourbon through out this delicious brew. Some sweetness to the bourbon with some caramel, cherry, and vanilla notes. The oak from the barrel adds a wonderful accent. And there is a wonderful tart cherry and bacteria that is deep into the oak that just pushes the flavors to a whole other level. The mouth is incredibly full like you are almost chewing on the malts and oak. The carbonation could be a touch more lively for a better feel but when you sit in barrels that long you are just not going to get that. World class brew as always from AleSmith. I hope this lasts until I can make it back.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Glass at the brewery. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a small off-white head that soon dissipates to a film. The aroma is tart with cherries, sour grapes, a touch of caramel and a bit of sherry. The taste is overtly sour with sour grapes and sour oak in the forefront, also present; more oak, vanilla, cherries, oak, and more oak. The palate is full, smooth and lightly acetic with soft carbonation. Finishes incredibly long and dry with lingering oak and some cherry. Overall: Wow, just wow. Five years in the barrel did wonders for an already great brew.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at AleSmith tasting bar: Cloudy deep reddish brown color with a light tan head. Light caramel aroma with hints of cherry. Flavor starts rich and sweet followed by a tart black cherry sourness and a lingering dry finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
daknole (10100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at Alesmith! Cloudy reddish pour. Creamy yellowish/tan head. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, lightly tart aroma. Flavor is an incredible mix of bourbon, toffee, tart notes, oak. Wow.