DesertDevil (534) - Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle. Aroma is milder with expected and features sweet and boozy bourbon and toffee sweetness. Murky dark mahogany-amber in color. Smooth-as-silk taste of very moderate bourbon (surprising since this beer is not even a year old), decadent caramel and toffee with faint baked brown sugar. A dry burnt barley taste becomes prominent late with a sweet-yet-woody finish. Very good, but not great.
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a guy who packed a box. Nose is toffee, vanilla, booze, fruity, slightly grape with some apple. Pour is deep brown with ruby highlights. minimal off white head. Taste is mostly booze with strong vanilla and woody tannins, but in a complimentary way, or rather, an alesmith way. The biggest complaint I have about this is that the booze dominates the base beer and I miss the subtleness of smokiness, peatiness, and caramelization from a scotch ale. Otherwise, the barrel character is very well done, alcohol is not too hot, but definitely there. Good boost
MotherBrother (728) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one goes out to the two bosses - Vestergaard and Rasmussott thanks you guys.
Pour opaque, very dark brown, with a small thin khaki head.
Aroma has plenty of dark berries, quite some bourbon, barrel, vanilla, banana, marzipan, almonds. Puhh wee this is filthy!!
The taste is pretty sweet, but has some bitterness to it. Some heat in the throat.
Oily n’ medium bodied, with a flat but tingling carb. Pretty darn delicious.
kappldav123 (5030) - GERMANY - OCT 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2005 - nr 86/223. Looks really, really good. Beer in the glass dark brown, almost black, small head. Fiery-malty aroma. Starts strong, not too alcoholic, warming, fiery, intense malty. Fine roasty notes, not too intense. Some hints of wood. Finish a bit drier, dusty, rusty, still roasty. Warming-malty finish. A masterpiece!
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big toffee, raisins, figs, some caramelized sugars, light cocoa, bourbon, and nutty aroma. Taste is big cocoa, some heat, bourbon, raisins, coconut, somewhat tangy, licorice, butterscotch, and caramel with a some-sweet finish. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Solid offering.
Experiment_Ale (1033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Stephen’s 2nd annual Great American Beer Festival Tasting on 10/1/14. Pours very dark almond with slight circle of head. Aroma is booze sweet raison, caramel. Taste is cloyingly sweet, some fruit notes kind of berry or coconut, sharp sweet nuttiness. Way too sweet.
adnielsen (9247) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s whale slaying. Thanks to nightrider for sending! Pours a dark brown appearance with a thin dark brown head. A bit smoky, dark chocolate, herbal, slightly green aroma. Dull carbonation. A little gooey mouth feel. Dark creamy caramel, burnt, slightly smoky, dark chocolate flavor. A touch boozy. Fine but doesn’t blow my mind.
Dr_Fellini (454) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown mahogany color with a creamy tan head. Beautiful bourbon nose with vanilla, scotch, oak, booze. Even better flavor with tons of barrel-aged goodness, lots of bourbon and vanilla with that classic scotch ale taste. Long lingering bourbon and vanilla. So good!
slowrunner77 (5889) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"A little worried that the bourbon barreling would overpower (that was kind of the case with Speedway). Out of the bottle, mostly bourbon aroma, but oh, did it smell great after pouring. The vanilla and oak go sooo well with the chocolate and dark fruit aspects of the beer. Similar flavor, near perfection. This would be one of the best ever if it didn’t look and feel a little flat - but DAMN was it good!"
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This one is all about the malt....and such a good complex flavor of malt in the nose and flavor. Slightly peated, real carmel richness, but I go back to all the wonderful malt. Perfect