kappldav123 (5480) - 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 (3346) - 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 (1088) - 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 (10070) - 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 (828) - 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 (7083) - 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 (103) - 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
RRistow12 (436) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2015 Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark brown with off white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, maple syrup, dark fruit. Taste is similar to aroma thats full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Some alcohol burn at the end. Flavors or bourbon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits. Exceptional scotch ale. Up there with founder backwoods bastard as the best scotch ale I’ve had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
gEUS (1462) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle - 2009 vintage, kindly shared by kraddel. Pours intense brown with a purple hue. Aroma is in majority defined by raisins and some madeira touches but... ouch all is covered by a layer of dust. Light body, sweet, bit watery, no carbonation. Taste is... well dusty caramel. A bit dissapointed actually...
kraddel (4561) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle obtained in a trade like a year ago . No idea who I have to thank , but thank you to a great trader either way !
2009 vintage , 156/972
pours dark, dark copper. No real head .
Smell is straight bourbon , very intense. Some dust and madeira.
Soft carbo , taste is madeira , sweet , some earth , bourbon and oak .
Rather thin mouthfeel , yet intense taste . Very nice , but perhaps too boozy for the ABV