CampesinoTino (782) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml Bottle of 2012 Vintage. Hazy golden amber pour topped with sudsy beige foam. Dark fruits and caramel dominate the aroma along with some toasted oak, dried fruit and toffee in the mix. The flavor starts with an aggressive dose of caramel malt, citrus rind and brown sugar backed by notes of bourbon, raisin and vanilla. Moderately thick and creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a final serving of candied citrus and oak in the finish. Different but equal to the base beer with a hefty barrel alcohol presence.
toxichop (398) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
P: Dark amber color with a big tan head that goes away quick. S: Seem muted, some oak, chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel. T: Light toffee notes, oak, bourbon, caramel, dark fruites. M: Medium (almost light) with medium carbonation. O: Great beer, glad I finally got to try this one.
Frank (3025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a mostly clear red with just a little wisp of head. This has a huge coconut nose w/ a very sherry-like oxidized character. This is thick and sticky on the palate but somehow comes across more a s velvety than heavy. It is nice and creamy with loads of dark, dried fruit notes. It comes off as a little boozy but that’s OK because it really lends itself to slow sipping.
Lothore (556) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a deep ruddy brown color with a very small light brown head that fades quickly.
S- Absolutely amazing. Huge raisin and brown sugar notes, vanilla, bourbon, caramel.
T-Very decadent and rich. Lots of brown sugar, dark fruits with deep caramel and bourbon notes.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- The taste doesn’t quite deliver what the smell promises but non the less I think this vintage is drinking very well right now.
gEUS (1267) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle 69/225. Pours clear reddish alber with no head. Aroma of raisins and nuts and a stringent alcohol heat. Sweet body, no carbonation, heavy on the alcohol. Taste is lots of bourbon vanilla and some nuts. Mediocre, not worth the hype.
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle from trade with zathrus. Thanks dude! Pours dark reddish amber with a small yellowish khaki head. Aroma of hard candies (like the kind on the outside of candy apples), brown sugar, toffee, biscuits, a small bit of vanilla, oak, and some whiskey. Flavor is very similar to the regular version up front: hard candy, toffee, biscuity sweetness. But the finish provides something new: notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The difference from the regular is rather subtle and maybe that's because this has been in the bottle for 2 years or so. Slick and thickish bodied, low carbonation, but not quite syrupy. This is a very good beer, but I must say, I am a bit disappointed at the lack of barrel influence here. I was expecting a big oaky vanilla infusion here that I didn't really get.
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 750ml bottle pours a hazy brown with an off white head. Bourbon is big in this one. Great malt vanilla molasses and bourbon taste.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent bourbon fueled BW, but the flavours haven’t integrated and intwined themselves in the same way the wee heavy BA did. Still this is hefty, robust drinking. Ripe fruits, caramel, vanilla and bourbon.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled 2012 in a big bottle. Pours like a whiskey with a minimal carbonation. Drinks smoothly with a crisp malty base. Very well created.
beerbaaron (1341) - Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 2012 vintage. (3/6/14) Been really looking forward to cracking this open! Pours a beautiful dark ruby reddish amber. Small, strong spongy off-white head, full lasting with some lace. Aroma is phenomenal. Base beer and barrel character blend seamlessly. Towards malty sweet, but wonderfully balanced. Smooth bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried dark fruits, oak. Complex. Hop character dissipated, some grapefruit and pine hang in the shadows. Bigger medium to Lighter full body. Slick. Semi creamy. Smooth. Sweet. Warming and tickling with bourbon through a long finish, with the back of the tongue and throat rousing to life. All that while still remaining super drinkable. Complex and cohesive. Majestic