Theydon_Bois (9084) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, big thanks to Paulo, 2009 vintage, 28/06/14.
Murky chestnut/mahogany brown with thin light beige spotting and edgework that soon dissipates to nyadda.
Nose is toffee, light spice, dark malts, light bourbonic booze notes, sticky dark fruit mash, dates, prunes, brown sugar.
Taste comprises caramel, spice, fruit cake mix, dates, toffee, figs, dark malts, woody bourbon pangs.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, light alcohol in the close.
Solid BA affair, well balanced, easy to drink.
Vells (714) - Riga, LATVIA - JUN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome intense maltiness, some roastiness, caramelish, candy, vanilla, dark fruits, well noticeable BA wood impact with some warming whiskey in finish. Less choco than in non BA version. Sweet all the way with bittersweet finish. Huge, well balanced, interesting brew. Must try, but.. doubt that for that price I will buy it again. Maybe if it was 0.3 l bottle, but..
Scopey (7054) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle shared at Manny G. It pours deep darkest red-brown with a small, bubbly beige head. The nose is soft, vanilla, dark fruits, roasty, berry, candy and caramel. The taste is roasty, toast, dried berry, wood, vanilla, sweet plum, jammy, booze, caramel and earth with a dry, warming finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Rich and good depth. I think the aged version of regular may have been a touch better. Still very nice.
Vestergaard (394) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours extremely dark brown with an almost brown white head. Aroma has lots of brown sugar, bourbon, brunsviger, syrup, dates, butter. Taste is dark, overripe fruits, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon. Buttery feel, slightly high carb, nice, full body. Very nice and fruity, but not worth it’s high cost.
Dr_MedievAle (185) - Alabama, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 reserve poured into snifter.
A - bourbon, vanilla, caramelized sugars, soft leather
App - quickly dissipating off-white head. lively carb bubbles
T - let this one warm up to room temperature before you judge--it comes alive like whoa: blueberry, chocolate, toffee, spicy bourbon (almost rye-like flavors), raisins, and a touch of vanilla.
P - very light body considering this is a 10% beer; creamy mouthfeel, with good carb. Finishes smoothly on the vanilla note.
outstanding entry by alesmith. no doubt best in its class. now if only I could get some BA Speedway...
jkwood04 (4031) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of dark malts, some chocolate and light notes of roast, bourbon and oak, a lot of caramel and sweet malts, hints of vanilla, and some light dough and hints of bitterness. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. A cool beer, probably one of my favorites of the style.
Camons (6094) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Århus. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of rich malt, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanialla, wood, little dark fruit. Flavor is malty, caramel, little dark chocolate, wood, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, some alcohol. Full body, oily mouthfeel, sweet finish with some warming alcohol. A little heavy on the bourbon, but a nice sipper. 120614
chrisv10 (11234) - DENMARK - JUN 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts,bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood, chocolate and caramel. Roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla,wood, sweet, little dark fruit, caramel, little plume, thick, littlesticky and warming.
Rasmus40 (11341) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Vintage 2012. Clear avery dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, bourbon and a little wood. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 120614
deekyn (1208) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009. A - pours dark bloody mahogany with so little head it's like negative head. S - so much booze. Scotch all up in my face. Grainy and raisins. Dark dried fruits, cherry cordials, rye. M - so light and flat. Warm but with a light tartness. Dry end. T - all the nice barrel aged goodness just toned way way down and flattened out. Graham crackers, cherry cordials, burnt sugar, brown sugar, rye, mineral water, wet oak. O - could be a great beer, but 2009 is way past it's prime.