1FastSTi (3271) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 vintage #32/234 via marcus. Pours to a nice ruby brown body with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is oaky and lightly chocolatey, sweet and malty. Significant barrel aging. Very complex. The beer’s flavor is intense. Rich semi-sweet chocolate, sweet molasses, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk. Very well balanced. The palate is medium-full bodied, nicely warming, good texture. Creamy and lightly tart. Not overrated. Perhaps a bit underrated IMO.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is dominated by bourbon, but I can detect ample caramel malt, dark fruits, toasted toffee and mild notes of licorice. Body is dark brown, not muddy, and holds a diminishing, frothy tan head. Holds flavors of raisin, stewed prunes, licorice, oak, caramel, vanilla, bourbon and a massive and sustained malt backbone that can more than stand up to the many different flavor components. It’s a joy to drink and feels very nice on the mouth. It only has the faintest suggestion of peat smoked malt.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Certainly a dark brew with some small off white head coating the top. I get a lot of bourbon over alot of malt, somewhere inbetween cognac and beam. Good beer, most interesting, ill drink it again.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(06.20.06) One pint 9.4 oz green bottle from Liquidsolutions.biz. 9.5% ABV. Purple lettering but no freshness date. Poured clear dark brown with small off-white head. Soft carbonation. Fruity (ripe plums and caramel aromas. Full bodied Scottish style ale with moderate malt sweetness and ripe plum/burnt caramel/toasted malt/hop flavors. Finished with light malt fade and some hop bitterness. Thick, smooth, like light maple syrup. Definite alcoholic warmth. Some mouth burn. Well-balanced and complex flavor character. A delicious drinkable beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 89/234: Caramel, ruby color, light head and lacing. Nose has a nice sweet oak and bourbon note, some peach and plum, muscavado, raisin, fig, sweet caramel, light eucalyptis and menthol. The flavor is very fresh with full bodied malts, light hops and a nice oaky bourbon note. Excellent balance. Light smoke, light alcohol. Nice scotch notes. Almost seems like a bit of bourbon and imperial stout the flavors are so rich. Some raspberry tea in the finish. Yum!
IndianaRed (2157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Rating #900 Bottle labeled 89/234 Pours a very dark reddish brown with a small off white head.Spotty lacing. Aroma was very nice deep sweet woody and of licorice,
dark pitted fruit and the bourbon barrel that it aged nicely in. Flavors were not as impressive but had the similar elements. Malty and sweet, with not much hop bitterness.
The ABV at 9.5 was, I thought not very obvious and compliments the overall flavor nicely. Soft carbonation and a medium and soft body. Thanks Buck Dich for sharing this special item.
BuckeyeBoy (2413) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Bottle 89/234 VERY NICE Pours out a Dark amber topped with small tan head. O the aroma WOW. Aroma of Pure Sweet. A very nice mix of wood, vanilla, and fruit. Thanks Bück Dich
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. dark murky amber. malty and hoppy. woddy and bitter but good quality.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Thanks to Kramer17801 for sending this bottle back to San Diego for me. Funny it had to go across the country and back for me to get it. Excellent aromas of oak and molasses. Flavors were a lot of alcohol, but once past that, it was malt heaven. Very tasty.
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Bottle, number 155/234. Pours dark brown, with a small, tan head. Aromas are sweet malt, bourbon, wood, and dark fruit. Flavors are bourbon wood, dark fruit, malt, alcohol, and vanilla. A lot of good stuff going on, but could probably use more aging. Had a 2004 bottle in July 2008. It was amazing with that amount of age on it.