jbruner (2138) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle graciously shared at RBWG grand tasting! Pours a slightly hazy copper with minimal head or lacing. Aroma and taste are both big on the barrel with a nice maltiness, brown sugar and caramel, but not crazy sweet. Age has definitely treated this beer very well.
Strykzone (4783) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at rbwg. Tne 10th anniversary of this beer. Bottle number 246 of 239 from 2004. Reddish dark brown. This smells really nice. Raisins and wood with bourbon. Bourbon is tasted girst and it nrings huge warming. It causes me to sit as my legs seem to fade. Raisins again. Brown sugar. This has held up so well and has not shrunk from anything. My face is numb. Awesome.
Leighton (10483) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting. Vintage 2004. Big thanks to Jay! Pours clear amber with a slight’ bubbly head. Rich malt nose, dark fruits, figs, alcohol, wood, raisins. Big sweet flavor, relaxed, lots of figs, dates, toffee, and bread. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Chewy. Sweet, warming finish, lots more ripe, semi-dark fruits, toffee, figs, raisins, toffee, brown sugars. Lovely. Decadent, nuanced. Superb.
DrSilverworm (5932) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to springslicker! This is a 2004 bottle, number 166 of 239. Whoa. Mostly hazy sort of amber brown red orange color. Minimal off-white head. Very, very light carbonation. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly sticky. Very nice bourbon, caramel malt, scotch type characteristics. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter, light nice alcohol warmth. Very impressive for a 10 year old wee heavy. Some notes of oxidization, dark fruit, dates, but still maybe one of the best beers I’ve tried that was this old. Maybe just a hint of light tartness. Cool.
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours birch beer with no head at all. Aroma is really sweet and smooth with caramel malts. Flavor is really smooth with sweet non overbearing malts and no heat from the barrel at all. There is a smooth creamy toffee light chocolate aspect as well so nice on the palate.
JStax (2805) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a clear, dark amber with a beige head of foam. The aroma has rich notes of bourbon, caramel, and toasted malt. Very sweet and boozy across the board. Medium carbonation. Big body. Really good.
artmcd8 (1498) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a purpley brown with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and caramel. Some vanilla. Some heat but not overpowering like others in the style. Medium body. Light carb.
charule (957) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured dark red brown with light tan film. Nice aroma of bourbon barrel dark fruit caramel. Light light carb med bod. Sweet bourbon malty goodness.
beerbaaron (1131) - Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2014 2012 vintage (12/31/13). Pours a dark brown with auburn edges. Small soapy beige head, mostly lasting. Lovely aroma. Sweet and malty, clean alluring Bourbon, vanilla, light woody, caramel, bit of dark fruity, silky chocolate, complex but not perplexing, soft. Medium not quite Full body but not chewy. Soft. Smooth, rounded, and velvety. Amazing Finish has some initial pleasant alcohol warmth that quickly gives was to sublet vanilla and some malty sweetness. Phenomenal.
MarinEvelyn (525) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very sweet, very malty, caramel, bourbon, toasty/roasty, vanilla, dark fruit.
Taste is similar, very strong, bold flavor. Creamy, malty, bourbon, roasty, sweet dark fruit. A bit of a bourbon, vanilla, turning to chocolate, bitter finish.
Possibly a little too sweet at times, but it is a sipping beer I’d say, so slowly enjoy it and the sweetness is not as strong.
Bold and beautiful.