daknole (8327) - 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.
StefanSD (1987) - 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.
jredmond (4858) - 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.
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.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - 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.
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.
daleharshman (847) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Went to the brewery to get a growler of Winter Yulesmith and was very happy to see this on tap and have a taster. Pours a very deep dark dusty red hue with a big creamy beige head. Aroma has lots of nice rich caramel along with tart cherry, raisin, hints of coffee and chocolate, and some bourbon. Flavor is very complex with some definite sourish and wet oaky notes along with tart cherry (but not puckeringly so). Other flavor notes include dark fruits, dark caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel with the big ABV very well concealed. The hops have clearly mellowed out in five years. The malts are greatly enhanced and the sour-woodiness adds lots of complexity. Yet another great one from the masters at Alesmith. (15, 631)
hivemind (693) - 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.
CaraCurtis (113) - Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is fantastic. What I love most is the unexpected sour. This beer went unintentionally sour and I find it brilliant. There is an apparent sour to the aroma. It is not like a normal sour beer, but there is a definite hint. I think the hint is helpful because once you taste it, the sour is different and not so much unexpected, but still very surprising. Had it on draft today at Ale Smith. It is a mistake gone right.
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.