The_Osprey (5463) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share, thanks to Bruce. Reddy brown, lightly sparkling, small ring of tan head. Aroma is vanilla, varnish, coconut, buttery. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is dry up front, sweet and boozey, twiggy, some toffee maybe. Quite different to the base beer - particularly the smell.
Leighton (17460) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Bruce. Pours lightly hazy amber with a foamy tan head. The nose has some butterscotch, toasty bread, grains, brown sugar. Big sweet flavor with tasty ripe fruits, toffee, slight earthy bitterness, caramel, vanilla. Full bodied, lightly chewy with fine carbonation. Warming finish with gooey ripe fruits, more caramel, bread, fruitcake. Excellent.
Scopey (11525) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours hazy deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is sweet, juicy, big vanilla, bourbon, toffee, maple, dried fruits, candied fruits and toasty brown sugar. The taste is sweet, punchy, bittersweet, earthy, toffee, booze, wood, bourbon, leather, toasty cake and vanilla with a dry, warming finish. Full body and fine carbonation. A bit boozy on the taste. Might need a bit more time to smooth out. Still very nice.
Prufrockstar (1813) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to mcberko for sharing this. Ruby/garnet pour. No head. Aroma: huge and boozy. So so hot, but nice. Maple, bandaid, caramel, toffee, fruits (like apricot and stuff). Taste: boozy as fuck. So damned hot. Smoke comes through. Sweet and intense. The maple sweetness + bandaid smokiness doesn’t combine well for my tastes, but if it wasn’t for my personal hangups I could see how you could love this beer.
OldMrCrow (2317) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was fortunate to try this rarity at a recent Seattle tasting. Unfortunately, I’m getting less and less tolerant of big sweet boozy BA beers. This has a rich brown pour with mild head, quite attractive really. But the flavors--a mix of bourbon and sweet sugar with maple and maybe a hint of smoke. I’ll be the lowest rating by far, but it really wasn’t doing it for me and I’m going to stay true to my tasting notes.
Ernesto987 (5299) - Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
whalesmith does it again. Perfect barrel aging. Sweet and incedible complex barrel characteristics. Phenomenal stuff.
Dogbrick (10872) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the Uber-Kurt (10,000) Celebration on 12/13/2014. The beer is a clear dark copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit and maple syrup. Full-bodied with an oaky bourbon character and notes of sweet maple and smoked malt as well as dark fruits. The finish is boozy with a bourbon and dark fruit aftertaste. Good beer all around.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ another tasting. Aroma is huge caramel, molasses, syrup, vanilla, oak, light hint of smoke. Awesome. Flavour is creamy malty light roasty nutty vanilla oak bourbon etcetera. LRAB.
luttonm (3984) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a Seattle tasting. Smoke, maple, BW. Gorgeous deep mahogany, lovely maple sweet. Caramel sweet BW. Barrel is great. Terrific beer
mcberko (12397) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark amber with a small beige head. Nose brings out light smoke, bourbon barrels, and a touch of maple. Flavour brings out nice smoky notes, with medium bourbon notes, and some alcohol heat, though I bet it’s mellowed out since bottling. Very well-designed - the barrel aging makes this even more complex. Excellent slow sipper.