beeralbany (1) - albany, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loved the Vanilla overtones from the oak barrels. An excellent effort with a complex taste, almost whiskey like.
fly (1459) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF as I first walked in and the alcohol lept out and ripped across my tongue. Bought two bottles of the 9.5% in Maine and it was much more subdued and pleasant, though all in all I believe their "standard" tripel is far better.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clouded orange appearance, good head formation. Rich sweet fruity, berry and citrus, aroma, yeasty, mildly spiced. Sweet cranberry juice flavor, honey, oak and herbal notes. A little thick and syrupy but quite tastey.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
14.99, geez. The nose is caramel, yeast, and bourbon. The bourbon presence is too much for me, really not a big fan of this. Iím sure this would taste much better if aged in a wine barrel. Jim Beam sucks.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Corked bottle. Dark yellow with a fluffy white head that left some lacing. Nose: cider and bourbon. Thick, slightly oily body. Flavor; alcohol and burned wood. No.
jazz88 (2650) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (February 2005 bottling). A misty golden yellow color with a laced white head. Aroma of white wine, apple, candy, and oak. Strong elements of an earthy scotch, wood and peat. Mild lemon flavors come through at the end. Finishes with a harsh bite, as the alcohol lets in the burn.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 So how am I supposed to rate this as a Belgian Strong Ale when no Belgian Strong Ale has ever tasted like this? Iíll rate to style and slam it. They should have aged this in Pickle Barrels. It would have tasted better. You could pour watered down Jim beam into a half full glass of Allagash Four and get the same thing.
Ohh god this si awful. Jim beam and Cola cans taste better than this. The sad thing is I donít even think the beer buried under the bourbon is all that great.
If you LOVE bourbon and vaguely like beer this might be your thing, but why would someone who loved bourbon want it soiled with watery flavored beer?
God this stuff is awful.
guzzler67 (1647) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, amber-orange appearance with a large, fluffy white head and modest lacing. Aroma incorporates earthiness, wood, whiskey and tropical fruit. Tastes range from coconut, initially, to toffee-like malt, finishing with the inherent flavors from the barrels. Smooth, mellow with little sweetness; alcohol is noticable but not overbearing from this Dec 04 bottle.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle February í05 bottling. 11% ABV. Pale golden with an off-white head. Wonderful rich, complex aroma - fruit, malt, yeast, oak, vanilla. Rich flavor of vanilla, fruit (strawberry and citrus) with a huge bourbon finish. Alcohol presence in finish. Rich body, but also silky and easy to drink. Surprisingly easy to drink.
Crockett (1072) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazey apple juice, big white lacing head disappeared in seconds. Sweet hop floral nose, woody, and vanilla. Citric (limes), honey cake. Lots of strawberries. Finish is boozy and warming. A little underwhelming.