axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting brew. The aroma was vanilla, bananas, and bourbon. Strong bourbon flavor with hints of vanilla, oak, and belgian yeast. This really needs to breathe for a while before becoming really enjoyable.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Odd milk/whiskey aroma. Full whiskey flavor, that smoothed into banana and cloves. Sweet with lots of alcohol in the flavor. Definitely an interesting brew, but Iím not a whiskey fan and that was a little too strong here.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted at the Labor Day gathering. Banana aroma with some heavy alcohol notes, slight whiskey presence comes out with it. Flavor is sugary and alcoholic. This comes off as pretty rough, somewhat burning of a flavor. Suprisingly disappointing. This could have been something great, but the belgian goodness was shot down from the whiskey.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orange color with a full, Belgianesque covering foam. Aroma is mostly bourbon, alcohol and a few woody elements (dry toasted oak, vanilla), but some Belgian elements remain (although I would suggest the wafting, rather than deeply inhaling the compounds), giving a lightly fruity, yeasty touch. Flavor is predominantly bourbon and booze, with a vanilla and cask wood flavor and an ungodly rich body, which does improve the beer. Some Belgianesque, triple elements remain, providing a slight hint of Belgian yeast and fruit, but it really is very unbalanced. I still find it pretty enjoyable, however.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge burbon nose, great lasting head and a tingly tongue, very warming, soothing, smooth presence. Loved it...thanks silphium.
Pailhead (5684) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of Silphium. Aroma of banana and yeast with a big bourbon and alcohol presence. Big enough to tickle, but not quite burn the nose. Pours a slightly hazy orangish-yellow with a small white head. Fruity up front with banana and apple. Moderate yeastiness and hints of vanilla. Lots of warmth in the finish. Big bourbon and alcohol flavors. At times this seems very smooth and at others very hot. When itís hot, itís very hot. Too hot for my preferences.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle provided by Brad at the Labor Day gathering, I beleive it was the 11% ABV version:
Golden hue with a long lasting frothy head and displayed very good lacing. The nose detected a light oak and earthy ester with additional caramel, grassy hops, cardamom, pepper and apple notes. The taste starts with a fruity and lightly spiced character. Bready and caramel background led to a oaky and vanilla finish. The feel is crisp and tart, alcohol is well hidden IMO. I enjoyed this a lot and found it nicely complex and not overpowerd by the barrel aging. Glad to have another bottle to taste in the future.
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden yellow, slight haze. Aroma of alcohol, Belgian yeast, some oak, crisp apples as well as other fruitiness, but apple mainly. Lots of oak in the flavor with a quite a bit of sweet maltiness. The oak could be somewhat less pronounced and I think it would be a better brew. Not bad though.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Feb 05 bottle). Pale amber body, thick white head. Aroma is like a bourbon cask triple, curiously enough. Some vanilla and orange are some aroma details. Taste like light bourbonny vanilla, with typical belgian flavors. Orange and grass. Great flavor balance.... Iím glad to see the bourbon not taking away from the "beer" aspects of this.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy gold. Thick, bubbly, white head. Yeast, whiskey, malt, alcohol, candi sugar, dark dried fruit. Complex aroma. Same flavor with the whiskey dominating-wood flavor also. Full body, but goes down easy. Dry, alcoholic finish and aftertaste with some yeast creeping back in the aftertaste. Complex. Excellent fuckin brew. There is no lacing- more like dry wall- a solid layer of foam coats the entire inside of the glass where I have not drank. Right now Iím drinking about 60íF. Iíll drink room temp with a cigar after dinner-perfect. Top notch brew from a top notch brewery. 3.6 average? Thatís ridiculous.