elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle # 139. This dark pungent brew has very little relation to the style category IMO, it’s a creation that is worlds beyond. The barrel aging has imparted a complexity that is perfectly balanced among the base flavors. Truly one of the best - if not the best - beers I have ever encountered.
jsquire (3866) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #77. Thanks to Sprinkle for sharing. It was a massive gusher when he opened it. Dark amber beer with one of those noses you can get lost in. The aroma is dominated by the barrel with smokey malts. Lots of caramel, bourbon, smokey peat and some berry fruits. Hot on the tongue. Lots of barrel in this one, but I like barrel.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2004 Vintage. 38/234. Dark mahogony beer with a thin beige head. Bourbon aroma - fruity, vanilla, some faint smokiness. Bourbon, malt, vanilla, strawberry flavor with some brown sugar, light plum, smoke, and slight oak tones. Lingering smoky, bourbon flavor with a touch of butterscotch. medium bodied. Alcohol slightly noticeable.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by OhioDad at the Columbus tasting---Thanks so much Scott!!!
This was the highlight of the tasting, and wasn’t a dissapointment at all. The pour was a nice deep, dark brown, with a faint head. The Aroma was full of brown sugar, vanilla, and oak.. The taste was hot, sweet, and full of a ton of malt, vanilla, and bourbon. I really liked the complexity of this beer.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the Columbus tasting, shared by Ohiodad. This was pretty much the beer everyone was most excited about...myself included. Darkish brown pour with almost no head. The aroma was full of vanilla, bourbon, coconut and some malt. The flavor had some nice bourbon, chocolate and caramel notes. Boozey and smooth over the tounge, the body feels a bit thinner that the regular version. Awesome stuff!
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle #5 of 234 at O’brien’s in San Diego. Apparently it was the last bottle they had. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Very sweet aroma. Malt and brown sugar dominate. Very balanced flavor. Truly knocked me out of my chair. Oak, caramel, and heavy malt. Definitely one of the best beers I have had. A true treat to have!
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The main event of the Columbus tasting. Poured a dark brown and even a little blackish. Aroma was very sweet. A little oaky, sweet, and brown sugary. Very well balanced and sweet. An extremely drinkable beer. I am so glad i got to try my first and hopefully not last alesmith ba beer.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Columbus tasting shared by OhioDad!! The beer everyone came for. Brown pour with very little head. Aroma, bourbon, oak, some maltiness. Flavor, lots of oak and bourbon, a hint of chocolate and caramel, some alcohol. Sweet and smooth, highly drinkable. I could easily drink a bottle of this all by myself.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear brown body. Coffee bean and dark sugary rum in aroma. Sweet fruity flavor - apple, pear, chocolate, light maple wood, and a solid core of milky-sweet dark caramel malt. A touch of alcohol in the finish but it’s complimentary to the sweet start. Velvety mouthfeel. A mature, well-blended, malty brew. Good stuff!
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle #153 of 234 - via trade with Foolish_Mortal! - thanks Brandon! - Pours dark brown with a light tan head and a fair amount of lace. Aromas of oak, caramel, some alcohol, and bourbon. Flavor is oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, some plum and some earthy notes. Palate is very smooth.. Full bodied but so easy to drink with some warmth on the back of each sip.. Like sipping a good bourbon.. Wonderful brew..