axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at yeha courtesy of Jasonmech77, huge thanks! Poured a darker amber/brown body with a small off-white head. The aroma is sweet smoke, carmel, vanilla, bourbon, and mild roast. Flavor strats with a shot of sweet smoke, mild coffee, and some chocolate with a vanilla bourbon finish that actually ends with some more dry smokiness. Very nice.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the fordest tasting. Very nice subtle aromas of wood, sweet vanilla, and flavors of malt, wood and vanilla. Very good!
jason (1690) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 79/222. Big thanks to cbkschubert for hooking me up with my most sought after beer. Poured a dark brown body with thin head. Aroma is smokey, vanilla. Flavor is a smooth smokey flavor, light vanilla, sweet malt. Wow!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Naven. 2005 vintage 186/222. Underimpressed w/ this one. Flat mouthfeel. Not a lot of flavor. Lingering alcohol finish in the back of the throat. Bourbon and not much else here. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but definitely not what I was expecting. Past it’s prime?
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled from a 750 at YEHA. Dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head. Aroma of heavy caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, light smoke and chocolate. Taste is caramel, bourbon, oak, with chocolate and touches of smoke. Very full bodied- but smooth. Another great Alesmith beer.
hopdog (9461) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. 2005, bottle # 79/222. Poured a deep brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, oak, earthy, bourbon, chocolate, some peat, and caramel. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, woody, earthy, toffee, nutty, and chocolate. Thanks for bringing this Jason!
after4ever (6471) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750, capped. Thanks, Foolish_Mortal! Awesome stuff. #144/223 of the ’07 release (’05 beer bottled 18 months later). Blackish purple. Still. Headless. Laceless. Huge sweet oaky vanilla bourbon nose. Lightish body--not a bit syrupy or sticky or heavy. Complex toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and bourbon on the mid-palate. Long, light, sugary finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 batch, #42/222, provided by kmweaver. Opaque dirty dark brown with a tiny, fading, tan head. The nose is fairly sweet with lots of toffee, bourbon, alcohol and dark fruits. The flavor is moderately sweet with lots of caramelized sugars, prunes, raisins and bourbon. Full sticky body with light carbonation and a hot finish. This was a boozy, sugary bourbon bomb. Not Alesmith’s best work.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 2005 750 ml bottle #81/222 shared with highibus - Pours a hazy brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma is oak/bourbon and dark esters. Flavor is much of the same. Has a lingering oak/bourbon aftertaste. Medium to full body. Alcohol is noticeable. To be honest, I think I like the regular version better. I think the barrel aging masks the malt character found in the regular version. Still, a fine beer.
Re-rate: Well an additional 16 months has done this beer wonders. The oak/bourbon presences is no longer overbearing. Also the vanilla is more noticeable. If you have a 2005 bottle, it’s ready
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottling, #201/234, Rating #2100 for me!
Poured a deep, smokey garnet-brown with just a little off-white headage. The aroma picked up sweet bourbon, vanilla, and smoky peat on top of chocolate and aged caramel.. quite sweet overall, with a little sourness from the oak.. I enjoyed the barrel influence, but it was just a tad too pronounced.
The flavor also had a significant barrel influence.. very tasty bourbon, vanilla, and lightly-toasted oak hit first with light sourness on the tip of the tongue.. sweeter chocolates, smoked caramel, and more vanilla ride smoothly across the middle.. brown sugar and molasses sweeten up the back-end, and everything comes together nicely for a sweet, warm finish! Warm, malty, and medium-plus bodied with low carbonation.. just a touch too influenced by the barrel, but great overall!